The Social Conquest of Earth - Edward O. Wilson

The Social Conquest of Earth

By Edward O. Wilson

  • Release Date: 2012-04-09
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 4
From 79 Ratings


New York Times Bestseller

From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career.
Sparking vigorous debate in the sciences, The Social Conquest of Earth upends “the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” (Discover). Refashioning the story of human evolution, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology and social behavior to demonstrate that group selection, not kin selection, is the premier driving force of human evolution. In a work that James D. Watson calls “a monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human condition,” Wilson explains how our innate drive to belong to a group is both a “great blessing and a terrible curse” (Smithsonian). Demonstrating that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, the renowned Harvard University biologist 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.


  • Fascinating, thought provoking

    By atd616
    This book was absolutely fantastic in that it provided a very thoughtful and insightful look at our past. While I personally disagree with the atheist views that were espoused, I respect the reasoning behind his writing.
  • Science reader

    By non-fiction reader
    A brilliant assessment of who we are and how we got here that counters many of his own previous assertions in his heavily challenged, ground breaking opus, Sociobiology.