Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies

Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies

by Edward O. Wilson

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Overview

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631495557
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 243,003
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Edward O. Wilson is the author of more than thirty books, including Anthill, a novel, and The Meaning of Human Existence, a finalist for the National Book Award. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University and lives with his wife, Irene, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Chapter 1 The Search For Genesis 15

Chapter 2 The Great Transitions Of Evolution 29

Chapter 3 The Great Transitions Dilemma And How It Was Solved 41

Chapter 4 Tracking Social Evolution Through The Ages 49

Chapter 5 The Final Steps To Eusociality 61

Chapter 6 Group Selection 75

Chapter 7 The Human Story 105

References and Further Reading 127

Acknowledgment s 141

Index 143

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