Back in 1975, E. O. Wilson caused a storm in the academic world with a book called Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, in which he treated human sociality in the same way he treated the sociality of other animals: ants, great apes, and so on. The problem with this? Many on the left side of the political spectrum felt that his approach condemned humans to fixed biological laws rather than flexible cultural influences. Thirty-seven years later, the old entomologist/fox is causing a new storm with Social Conquest of the Earth, which rejects some key assumptions of Sociobiology and looks at human evolution and society in a radically new way. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 634-3400, 7:30 pm, $5)