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Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies

Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies

Forming a twenty-first-century statement on Darwinian evolution, one shorn of religious and political dogma, Edward O. Wilson offers a bold work of scientific thought and synthesis.

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ISBN 9781631495540
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Published 26 March 2019 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
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ISBN-13 9781631495540
ISBN-10 1631495542
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date 26 March 2019
International Publication Date 19 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
Category Evolution
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 218mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 300g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Behavior genetics, Behavior evolution, Animal behavior
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 591.5
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Asserting that religious creeds and philosophical questions can be reduced to purely genetic and evolutionary components, and that the human body and mind have a physical base obedient to the laws of physics and chemistry, Genesis demonstrates that the only way for us to fully understand human behavior is to study the evolutionary histories of nonhuman species. Of these, Wilson demonstrates that at least seventeen-among them the African naked mole rat and the sponge- dwelling shrimp-have been found to have advanced societies based on altruism and cooperation. Whether writing about midges who dance about like acrobats or schools of anchovies who protectively huddle to appear like a gigantic fish, or proposing that human society owes a debt of gratitude to postmenopausal grandmothers and childless homosexuals, Genesis is a pithy yet path-breaking work of evolutionary theory, braiding twenty-first-century scientific theory with the lyrical biological and humanistic observations for which Wilson is known.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Wilson (On Human Nature), a Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard evolutionary biologist, addresses what he calls the six great transitions of evolution that led to human society in this ambitious treatise, his 32nd book.... He does an impressive job in this short text of making the nature of the transitions clear. -- Publishers Weekly The acclaimed naturalist delivers a pithy summary of evidence for Darwinian evolution of human behavior.... A magisterial history of social evolution, [and] lucid, concise overview of human evolution that mentions tools and brain power in passing but focuses on the true source of our pre-eminence: the ability to work together. -- Kirkus Reviews [starred review]

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Author's Bio

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than thirty books, including Half-Earth, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives with his wife, Irene Wilson, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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