Edward Wilson has cancelled his visit to Princeton due to illness.
The Social Conquest of Earth
Monday, April 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm, McCosh 50
Cosponsored by Vanuxem Lecture Series and the Program of Belknap Visitors in the Humanities
Where do humans come from? What are we? Biologist Edward O. Wilson, one of our greatest living scientists, draws on his unparalleled knowledge of evolution and social behavior to show that group selection, not kin selection, serves as the primary driving force of human evolution. Dr. Wilson will discuss the seventeen known cases of animal species with advanced social behavior based on the reproductive division of labor to throw new light on the circumstances under which the human species evolved. Approached as a very rare product of evolution by multilevel natural selection, the human condition can be analyzed with greater effectiveness.
Edward O. Wilson is a University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard. His many books include “Sociobiology: The New Synthesis” (1975); “On Human Nature” (1979); “The Diversity of Life” (1992); “The Future of Life” (2002); and “The Social Conquest of Earth” (2012).