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The Superorganism by Bert Hölldobler
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Jun 05, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

This reads as a mid-level textbook. I wasn't thrilled with the writing - I continually had to flip back and forth trying to find definitions which seemed to change from one page to the next - but the material is fascinating. There is a major focus in the early chapters about the evolutionary aspects and genetic underpinnings of insect social behaviors which was not particularly easy to follow, but worth the effort. The book does well in going beyond the mere osbservance of altruistic insect behaviors and explaining in detail the place these insect socities can and should hold in the study of biology generally and how that may benefit human scientific understanding in a broader way.

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