Today I read Wilson’s book Genesis. It’s a short and easy to read book so it didn’t take long. In it he makes an argument that altruism or eusociality in humans has its origins in nature and other creatures. This argument in essence gives credence to group selection instead of ‘selfish’ genes. It goes against the view that natural selection occurres at the gene level. I’ve read numerous books by Wilson and Dawkins and thus far I’m more convinced by the gene argument. While Wilson makes a reasonable argument for eusociality in ants, termites, wasps and others, his support for it in humans seemed minimal at best. Maybe I missed something.

Here’s a short news article on the argument between Wilson and Dawkins: