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July: The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson

  • Jul 8, 2012 · 5:00 PM

#13 on NPR's Bestseller List

From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.

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. 90 illustrations

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  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Nice to chat about the book. Was a bit long in the later parts and didn't like implying Grasses evolved any time before the hot-house Eocene but overall an interesting discussion. I would say that religion is just one of 2 group types human society falls upon: the faith group vs. the choice group. Faith group cling to faith as identity, be it birth right, family, social ideology such as Communism or Fascism or religion. Faith is like a warm blanket and for some that blanket is a core comfort. But there are also groups by choice: advocacy, such as Science or Electric Cars, shared activities such as Watching Doctor Who or Writing, workplace and neighborhood (you can choose to like and associate with either). The point isn't that one is bad and one is good, it's just that to form either is human nature by virtue of Group Selection. Or, if you're a Hymenoptera it's because you smell good.

    July 9, 2012

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    I'm more concerned as to whether the weather had caused Panera to loose power than book's scientific nature; if out I propose moving to next week. Lost power briefly in North Herndon and last time that happened MOMs was out until the following Afternoon and Panera no doubt too; likely WiFi will be out because no-one in the store typically knows how to reset the router. But I'm close and can check. As for genre, my first priority is it must have an unabridged audiobook. This one and next mont

    July 8, 2012

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    A former member

    There seems to be a controversy about group selection. I would like to understand this better.

    July 8, 2012

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