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In the introduction to the book, author Marc J. Kuchner tells the story of how one scientist used tricks of the marketing trade to save the Endangered Species Act from the political axe.

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image: Book Excerpt from <em>Pathological Altruism</em>

Book Excerpt from Pathological Altruism

By Barbara Oakley, Ariel Knafo, and Michael McGrath | February 1, 2012

In Chapter 1, editors Barbara Oakley, Ariel Knafo, and Michael McGrath introduce the concept of well-intentioned behaviors that go awry.

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Killing with Kindness

By Barbara Oakley, Guruprasad Madhavan, Ariel Knafo, and David Sloan Wilson | February 1, 2012

Studying the evolution of altruistic behaviors reveals how knee-jerk good intentions can backfire.

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In Chapter 8, "Pirates at the Picnic," author Marlene Zuk considers the wisdom of describing the behavior of ants in human terms

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image: Anthropomorphism: A Peculiar Institution

Anthropomorphism: A Peculiar Institution

By Marlene Zuk | January 1, 2012

Should we rethink the parallel drawn between “slave-making” ants and human slavery, and other such oversimplifications of animal behavior?

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