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Narrow Roads of Gene Land: The Collected Papers of W. D. Hamilton Volume 1: Evolution of Social Behaviour (Narrow Roads of Gene Land Vol. 1)
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Let me back up a little. I gave THE SOCIAL CONQUEST OF EARTH five stars. It was a good, accessible book on the subject. So many folks who gave it a negative review said "it" was wrong. But what was the "it" that was wrong? I thought the book was well written, poetic at times even. And if you look at the discussion leading up to the "it," you'll find that "it" likely. Let me provide these main points.
First, Dr. Wilson highlighted a painting by Gauguin. And he really nailed its meaning over the course of the book. "Where do we come from?" "What are we?" "Where are we going?" Wilson tries to answer those questions, first from agreed upon science mixed with likely opinion, and then, finally, where the disagreement looms, from his opinion alone.
The human condition, notes Wilson, is "...selfish at one time, selfless at another, the two impulses often conflicted." It is based upon numerous pre-adaptations, according to Wilson, the first being our large size and relative immobility, then us depending more on vision and less on smell than did most other mammals, bipedalism, control of fire, the gathering of small groups at campsites--assemblies--and the eating of meat that sealed the deal to our eusociality. So far so good. The "it" to now, about page 50, is correct.
But when Wilson stated that "...Read more ›