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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (830 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward O. Wilson Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This revised edition of Human Nature begins a new phase in the most important intellectual controversy of this generation: Is human behavior controlled by the species' biological heritage? Does this heritage limit human destiny?

With characteristic pungency and simplicity of style, the author of Sociobiology challenges old prejudices and current misconceptions about the nature-nurture debate. He shows how evolution has left its traces on the most distinctively human activities, how patterns of generosity, self-sacrifice, and worship, as well as sexuality and aggression, reveal their deep roots in the life histories of primate bands that hunted big game in the last Ice Age. His goal is nothing less than the completion of the Darwinian revolution by bringing biological thought into the center of the social sciences and the humanities. Wilson presents a philosophy that cuts across the usual categories of conservative, liberal, or radical thought. In systematically applying the modern theory of natural selection to human society, he arrives at conclusions far removed from the social Darwinist legacy of the last century.

Sociobiological theory, he explains, is compatible with a broadly humane and egalitarian outlook. Human diversity is to be treasured, not merely tolerated, he argues. Discrimination against ethnic groups, homosexuals, and women is based on a complete misunderstanding of biological fact. But biological facts can never take the place of ethical choices. Once we understand our human nature, we must choose how human in the fullest, biological sense, we wish to remain. We cannot make this choice with the aid of external guides or absolute ethical principles, because our very concept of right and wrong is wholly rooted in our own biological past. This paradox is fundamental to the evolution of consciousness in any species; there is no formula for escaping it. The book is published by Harvard University Press.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wuenschel | 2/5/2014

    " It's a treatise on how human intelligence and culture are a result of and constrained by biological inheritance. It is well-written and interesting. I love reading E.O. Wilson because it always seems like a glimpse into a brain that is vastly better than mine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valori | 1/22/2014

    " I read most of this and then realized that it was written too long ago to really be accurate anymore... he mentioned something about computer size and it totally wrecked any credibility he had with me in this book. I think he's an amazing scientist (the founder of Sociobiology) and I love his excitement and continual lust for knowledge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Noah | 12/29/2013

    " Brilliant book about some reasons why we act and do the things we do from a sociobiological perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will Boncher | 12/22/2013

    " The chapters on Heredity, Aggression, and Sex were all really good. I'd give the book 5 stars if it was just those chapters, but the rest didn't really do it for me. "

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