new book | January 02, 2012

In a Massive New Book, E.O. Wilson Says Groups Drive Human Evolution

E.O. Wilson is adding to his already astonishing body of award-winning work this April. Wilson's new book, The Social Conquest of Earth, promises to offer more of the big ideas that have made him a legend among his peers and a sought-after speaker around the world. In Conquest, Wilson focuses on how groups, and not family, are the main evolutionary driver of our species. Newsweek has listed the book (along with Jonah Lehrer's Imagine) among twelve must-reads of 2012.

From the publisher:

Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? In a generational work of clarity and passion, one of our greatest living scientists directly addresses these three fundamental questions of religion, philosophy, and science while “overturning the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” (Discover magazine). Refashioning the story of human evolution in a work that is certain to generate headlines, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology and social behavior to show that group selection, not kin selection, is the primary driving force of human evolution. He proves that history makes no sense without prehistory, and prehistory makes no sense without biology. Demonstrating that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, Wilson presents us with the clearest explanation ever produced as to the origin of the human condition and why it resulted in our domination of the Earth’s biosphere.

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