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April 10, 2012

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"Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Conceived in ultimate simplicity by Paul Gauguin on the canvas of his Tahitian masterpiece, these are in fact the central problems of religion and philosophy. Will we ever be able to solve them? Sometimes it seems not. Yet perhaps we can.”

                                                                                  --E. O. Wilson

In The Social Conquest of the Earth, E.O. Wilson, one of our greatest living scientists, tackles the fundamental questions of religion, philosophy, and science. Arguing that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, Wilson, in conversation with Natalie de Souza, presents an explanation for the origin of the human condition and why it resulted in our domination of the Earth’s biosphere.

Edward O. Wilson, one of the world's preeminent biologists, is the author of more than twenty-five books, includingSociobiology, the novel Anthill, and two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, On Human Nature and The Ants. He is currently a professor emeritus at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Natalie de Souza is an editor at Nature Methods since 2006. Before working at Nature Methods, she studied cell fate in the roundworm at Columbia University and protein movement within cells at Rockefeller University. She has written for Nature publications and for Cabinet.



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