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The social conquest of earth

Author: Edward O Wilson
Publisher: New York : Liveright Pub. Corp., ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Based on a lifetime of pioneering research, preeminent naturalist Edward O. Wilson gives us a new history of human evolution, presented in an elegant and provocative narrative that promises to have reverberations in fields as diverse as anthropology and social psychology, neuroscience and 21st-century intellectual and religious history. Wilson begins by addressing three "fundamental questions" of religion and
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward O Wilson
ISBN: 9780871404138 0871404133
OCLC Number: 755704999
Description: viii, 330 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: [pt.] 1. Why does advanced social life exist? The human condition --
[pt.] 2. Where do we come from? The two paths to conquest ; The approach ; The arrival ; Threading the evolutionary maze ; The creative forces ; Tribalism is a fundamental human trait ; War as humanity's hereditary curse ; The breakout ; The creative explosion ; The sprint to civilization --
[pt.] 3. How social insects conquered the invertebrate world. The invention of eusociality ; Inventions that advanced the social insects --
[pt.] 4. The forces of social evolution. The scientific dilemma of rarity ; Insect altruism and eusociality explained ; Insects take the giant leap ; How natural selection creates social instincts ; The forces of social evolution ; The emergence of a new theory of eusociality --
[pt.] 5. What are we? What is human nature? ; How culture evolved ; The origins of language ; The evolution of cultural variation ; The origins of morality and honor ; The origins of religion ; The origins of the creative arts --
[pt.] 6. Where are we going? A new enlightenment.
Responsibility: Edward O. Wilson.
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From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.  Read more...
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"I just finished The Social Conquest of Earth, a fabulous book." -- President Bill Clinton - New York Times "Reading E. O. Wilson's Social Conquest of Earth is a revolutionary look at who we are, Read more...

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