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Naturalist Paperback – April 24, 2006
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The editorial reviews here focus overmuch on the sociobiology 'controversy'. Sociobiology is a major thesis in examining humanity's place in nature. Rejecting this idea out of hand continues to impair understanding of how important an idea sociobiology is, although he spends little time on it in this book. Much of his work has focussed on animal behaviour from ants through mammals. People remain resistant to the idea that we are somehow associated with 'the beasts', but Wilson demonstrates the continuity of behaviour patterns throughout the animal kingdom. Until we address that issue honestly, which is a major aspect of Wilson's work, we will never understand who we truly are. His studies stress that until we achieve that understanding, we will continue to unwittingly intrude on our own environment. The loss of species threatens our own existence.
The major advantage of this book is its honesty. Wilson pulls few punches and reviews his own prejudices and how he overcame them.Read more ›
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very interesting as an education of a naturalist and what he draws from itPublished 9 months ago by Bill Bibow
Led me to buy his book, "The Ants" which looks quite comprehensive to say the least. Very pleased with both books.Published 11 months ago by Gil Edgar III
Wonderful book that illuminates an astonishing range of subjects and an astonishing life.Published 12 months ago by Will Stevens
My favorite of all books written by scientists. I read it twice.Published 13 months ago by jeannine mcdonel