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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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W. D. Hamilton is a Royal Society Research Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. He is known throughout the world for his work on social evolution and sexual selection. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. W.D. Hamilton, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS. Tel. 01865-271166.
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  • Series: Narrow Roads of Gene Land Vol. 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Spektrum Academic Publishers (January 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716745305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716745303
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an outstanding collection of some of the most important papers in evolutionary ecology, and when one can get them with Hamilton's wry, insightful, and occasionally extremely funny commentary, all I can say is "BUY IT!" No, Hamilton's mathematics is not for the faint of heart, but even if the thought of equations gives you the willies, you will find valuable stuff about the nature of science and scientists in the "interlinear" that links each of the stand-alone papers. I look forward to Volume 2 with great excitement!
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After reading and highly recommending E.O. Wilson's THE SOCIAL CONQUEST OF EARTH, a professor recommended that I read W.D. Hamilton's treatment of the subject, which was disputed by E.O. Wilson. Actually, having read another treatment of the inclusive fitness model, I was more or less confused, because E.O Wilson was a heavy contributor to the development of the model.

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 "...
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I bought this used. I quite happy with it, but it looks like the book had too much space in the box it came with and has moved around in it on it's way here. The pages are a little bent due to this. Except that everything is fine.
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