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The social conquest of earth

by Wilson, Edward O.

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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. Full description

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Table of Contents:
  • Why does advanced social life exist? The human condition
  • 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
  • How social insects conquered the invertebrate world. The invention of eusociality ; Inventions that advanced the social insects
  • The forces of social evolution. The scientific dilemma of rarity ; Insect altruism and eusociality explained ; Insects tale the giant leap ; Now natural selection creates social instincts ; The forces of social evolution ; The emergence of a new theory of eusociality
  • 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
  • Where are we going? A new Enlightenment.
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