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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Summary and Review
*A full summary of this book is available here: An Executive Summary of Edward O. Wilson's 'The Social Conquest of Earth'

The main argument: Since the dawn of self-awareness we human beings have struggled to understand ourselves. This struggle has found form in religion, philosophy, art and, most recently, science. The most pivotal turning point in science's...
Published on April 6, 2012 by A. D. Thibeault

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3.0 out of 5 stars In the name of perspective...
In "Social Conquest," Wilson helps articulate and spread a few sober insights concerning the human condition. That's good. We must somehow digest such self-observations, individually, collectively, and pan-culturally, to the point where we actually are empowered by the resulting self-knowledge to "do something about ourselves." Scientific self-knowledge, unsettling and...
Published on April 7, 2012 by Paul J. Watson


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4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating, April 7, 2014
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Well Written, innovative, original, terrific research example. Open new perspectives in considering earth nd human evolution . It requires some efforts for understanding scientific developments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wilson Winner, April 5, 2014
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E. O. Wilson is a national treasure. What fascinating insights, viewed through the lens of an eminent biologist. A must read for anyone curious about the human condition, and how naked bands of hominids came to rule the planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this was a gift, February 6, 2014
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I bought this as a gift for a friend who an interest in this topic and he hasn't complained so i supposed he's liked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter likes it, January 22, 2014
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She wants leaning about the earth. My friend recommend it. After she finished reading, I was educated during the dinner time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Science at its best!, January 8, 2014
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Science is about explaining, and no one explains eusocialism better than E. O. Wilson. He wrote the book on eusocial insects and humbly presents his ideas about how man became the dominant social species on earth.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, January 3, 2014
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This book sums up the vast knowledge and wisdom of a great scholar. Everyone should read it and think about its implications for the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - insightful, December 30, 2013
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The ants can teach us about survival, and in the importance of realizing that survival of the fittest applies to groups as well, not just individuals.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not an easy read, December 26, 2013
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The author is an academic and his writing is full of references accordingly.

I expected more about our societal direction and less about the history of humans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but he makes a good case for extrapolation, December 12, 2013
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This book is profound. I reached a point where I came to a dead stop because of the weight of what I was reading. On every return I would sit and stare at it, thinking. Eventually, I pressed on. As in the past, Wilson explains a lot of what we see today, but it may be a few decades before the rest of academia agrees with him. See what you think. He doesn't claim to have fact; he's hypothesizing. But it is consistent with reality, and is deserving of a lot of thought and testing.

Of course, it's in the context of social insects, but he makes a good case for extrapolation...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The History of the World from a viewpoint of reason., December 9, 2013
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NOone beats this many for analyzing the data. Noone
beats this man for being able to tell it to laymen or professionals.
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