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Edward O. Wilson
Naturalist ~ Association Copy SIGNED by Edward O. Wilson to Stephen Jay Gould E
Washington, D.C: Island Press / Shearwater Books, 1994. Naturalist by Edward O. Wilson A fantastic association copy inscribed by Edward O. Wilson to Stephen Jay Gould Washington, D. C.: Island Press / Shearwater Books, 1994. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's brown cloth with spine lettered in gilt. Fine in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with light shelf wear. A superb association copy, signed and inscribed by Edward O. Wilson, "For Steve Gould, Evolutionary biology's DiMaggio with warm regards and thanks / Ed." An inscription full of praise and admiration, yet one might think surprisingly warm given the two biologist's past history. While colleagues at Harvard, working in the same building nonetheless, Wilson and Stephen Jay Gould engaged in a notorious academic feud, exposing fault lines in politics, science, and the politics of science. Wilson studied ants, his primary interest, before turning his attention to humans. He has been credited with establishing the field of sociobiology, which aims to explain behavior in terms of evolution. Though the term was coined in the 1940s, it did not gain wide recognition until 1970 when Wilson published Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. In which, he argues that some behaviors (such as female coyness, altruism, fear of snakes, fear of strangers, tensions and hostilities in large populations, the aversion to incest, warfare, competition, homosexuality, a feeling for the sacred, and a susceptibility to indoctrination) are at least partly shaped by evolution just as physical traits are, and therefore affected and honed … [Click Below for Full Description]
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