Sparking vigorous debate in the sciences, The Social Conquest of Earth upends "the famous theory that evolution naturally
encourages creatures to put family first" (Discover). Refashioning the story of human evolution, Wilson draws on his remarkable
knowledge of biology and social behavior to demonstrate that group selection, not kin selection, is the premier driving force
of human evolution. In a work that James D. Watson calls "a monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human
condition," Wilson explains how our innate drive to belong to a group is both a "great blessing and a terrible curse" (Smithsonian).
Demonstrating that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, the renowned
Harvard University biologist presents us with the clearest explanation ever produced as to the origin of the human condition
and why it resulted in our domination of the Earth's biosphere.