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Sociobiology by Edward O. Wilson
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really liked it

Wow. WAAAAAAAAAAAAY over my head on this one, but when I could parse out meaning, it was pretty cool stuff. I mean, cool in the sense that it validated all of my thinking with regards to why animals, people in particular, act like they do.

I imagine that this book is to modern animal behavior science what the Pythagorean theorem is to geometry: a very simple representation of some very basic principles that, when expounded upon, lead to some real revelatory shit.

That being said, I picked at this - it's a textbook after all - so I can't claim to have read it cover to cover. Nor can I vouch for the legitimacy of all the of the science, which a lot of Creationists evidently have a big problem...although I'm the type to think that if you drive your car to a church heated through a modern heating system, you've already basically given the edge to science in that little debate...

Anyway - I'd recommend this for people who are much smarter than me, who have long attention spans. Surprisingly, I'd also recommend this to Creationists, if only because I wouldn't mind hearing about their heads exploding while trying to rationalize actual science with their beliefs.
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