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This review is from: The Social Conquest of Earth (Hardcover)
Ed Wilson writes compellingly about the evolution of humans and their impact on other species. He is an authoritative scientist who has studied social insects especially ants around the globe. He has used a new term "Eusocial" to describe how such insects interact and his reasoning challenges some of Richard Dawkins assumptions about"The Selfish Gene" but agrees with him about the "creation myth". Wilson does not intend to be deliberately controversial but his cogent arguments about the future of humanity tackle many ethical problems and compare our evolution with that of the chimpanzees and other close relatives. He is keen to issue a warning about the worries and contentions of daily life and our motivation and innate tribalism. He is hoping that the future will involve more cooperation and warns of the stultifying effects of organised religion.
I still consider his much earlier book "The Diversity of Life" as my favourite but I can recommend "The Social Conquest of Earth" to anyone who wants to read a challenging and thought provoking book. It should appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike.