Edward O. Wilson is one of the world’s preeminent biologists, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and the author of more than twenty-five books. The defining work in a remarkable career, The Social Conquest of Earth boldly addresses age-old questions while delving into the biological sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts.
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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From the most celebrated heir to Darwin, this is a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.