“Wilson’s passionate curiosity—the hallmark of his remarkable career—has led him to these urgent reflections on the human condition. . . . Wilson brilliantly analyzes the force, at once creative and destructive, of our biological inheritance and daringly advances a grand theory of the origins of human culture. This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the intersection of science and the humanities.”

Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve on Edward O. Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth