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Edward O. Wilson
Wilson is a proponent of the gene as the unit of natural selection (often called gene selection or selfish gene theory) and was a pioneer of Sociobiology, with his 1975 book of the same name. When the book was first released Sociobiology was confused with social darwinism and Wilson and his colleagues were accused of racism and sexism and dismissed by many non-scientists as using science to push their right-wing agenda, despite having openly left-of-centre politics. There was a long running debate between Wilson and the late Stephen Jay Gould, who denied the existence of innate human behavioural characteristics (Steven Pinker (2002) claims Gould's motivation was more political than opposition to the science).
- Nature Revealed: Selected Writings 1949-2006, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. ISBN 0801883296
- The Theory of Island Biogeography (1967)
- Insect Societies (1971)
- Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975)
- On Human Nature (1978 - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)
- Biophilia (1984)
- The Ants (1990 - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize), with Bert HÃ¶lldobler
- The Diversity of Life (1992)
- Naturalist (1995)
- Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998)
- The Future of Life (2002)
- The Creation: A Meeting of Science and Religion (2008)
- Pinker, S., 2002. The Blank Slate, Penguin. Ch 6: Political Scientists.