E. O. Wilson

E. O. Wilson

Edward Osborne Wilson (born June 10, 1929), usually cited as E. O. Wilson, is an American biologist, researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity, island biogeography), theorist (consilience, biophilia), naturalist (conservationist) and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is considered to be the world's leading expert.

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Because the living environment is what really sustains us.

In some ways I had a traditional 'old South' upbringing meaning that I spent some time in a military school and acquired an inoculum of the military ethic that is still with me today: honor duty loyalty.

We don't need to clear the 4 to 6 percent of the Earth's surface remaining in tropical rain forests with most of the animal and plant species living there.

I doubt that most people with short-term thinking love the natural world enough to save it.

It's always been a great survival value for people to believe they belong to a superior tribe. That's just in human relationships.

What's been gratifying is to live long enough to see molecular biology and evolutionary biology growing toward each other and uniting in research efforts.

The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology.

I see no way out of the problems that organized religion and tribalism create other than humans just becoming more honest and fully aware of themselves.

Theology made no provision for evolution. The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all! Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?

Companies that are willing to share to withhold in order to further the growth of the company willing to try to get a better atmosphere through a demonstration of democratic principles fairness and cooperation a better product those will win in the end.

Of course there is no reconciliation between the theory of evolution by natural selection and the traditional religious view of the origin of the human mind.

I thought perhaps it should be recognized that religious people including fundamentalists are quite intelligent many of them are highly educated and they should be treated with complete respect.

Jehovah had nothing to say to Moses and the others about the care of the planet. He had plenty to say about tribal loyalty and conquest.

Ants are the dominant insects of the world and they've had a great impact on habitats almost all over the land surface of the world for more than 50-million years.

To the extent that philosophical positions both confuse us and close doors to further inquiry they are likely to be wrong.

I grew up as a Southern Baptist with strict adherence to the Bible which I read as a youngster.

I had reached a point in my career in which I was ready to try something new in my writing and the idea of a novel has always been in the back of my mind.

Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the "environmentalist" view as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity and to start calling it the real-world view.

If all mankind were to disappear the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish the environment would collapse into chaos.

The human juggernaut is permanently eroding Earth's ancient biosphere.

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