SOCIOBIOLOGY: The New Synthesis
by Edward O. Wilson
2000, 25th anniversary edition, 697 pages, b/w photos, illustrations, diagrams, tables. Re-release of the complete original version of the classic work, first published in 1975, that created a new discipline and started a tumultuous round in the age-old nature versus nurture debate. Although voted by officers and fellows of the international Animal Behavior Society the most important book on animal behavior of all time, Sociobiology is probably more widely known as the object of bitter attacks by social scientists and other scholars who opposed its claim that human social behavior, indeed human nature, has a biological foundation. The controversy surrounding the publication of the book reverberates to the present day.
In the introduction to this 25th Anniversary Edition, Wilson shows how research in human genetics and neuroscience has strengthened the case for a biological understanding of human nature. Human sociobiology, now often called evolutionary psychology, has in the last quarter of a century emerged as its own field of study, drawing on theory and data from both biology and the social sciences.
For its still fresh and beautifully illustrated descriptions of animal societies, and its importance as a crucial step forward in the understanding of human beings, this edition will be welcomed by a new generation of students and scholars in all branches of learning. First time available in paperback; 10 x 10″.
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