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The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson.. Here’s one of our great life science thinkers on one of the hottest topics in biology. And what I like most, the Social Conquest in question is not The Facebook.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Starred review. With bracing insights into instinct, language, organized religion, the humanities, science, and social intelligence, this is a deeply felt, powerfully written, and resounding inquiry into the human condition."


"The Social Conquest of Earth is a huge, deep, thrilling work, presenting a radically new but cautiously hopeful view of human evolution, human nature, and human society. No one but E. O. Wilson could bring together such a brilliant synthesis of biology and the humanities, to shed light on the origins of language, religion, art, and all of human culture."

Oliver Sacks

Author bio: Edward O. Wilson, one of the world’s preeminent biologists, is the author of more than twenty-five books, including Sociobiology, the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Ants, and the best-selling novel Anthill. A professor emeritus at Harvard University, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Science/Technology; (352 pp. Magnificent: Kindle/Print editions)

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