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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The world depends on fungi because they are major players in the cycling of materials and energy around the world.

I was a senior in high school when I decided I wanted to work on ants as a career. I just fell in love with them and have never regretted it.

People respect nonfiction but they read novels.

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.

Every kid has a bug period... I never grew out of mine.

We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers people able to put together the right information at the right time think critically about it and make important choices wisely.

Well let me tell you ants are the dominant insects. They make up as much as a quarter of the biomass of all insects in the world. They are the principal predators. They're the cemetery workers.

It's like having astronomy without knowing where the stars are.

All three of the Abrahamic religions were born and nurtured in arid disturbed environments.

The ant world is a tumult a noisy world of pheromones being passed back and forth.

In 2010 my two Harvard mathematician colleagues and I dismantled kin-selection theory which was the reigning theory of the origin of altruism at the time.

Ants make up two-thirds of the biomass of all the insects. There are millions of species of organisms and we know almost nothing about them.

But I feel music has a very important role in ritual activity and that being able to join in musical activity along with dancing could have been necessary at a very early stage of human culture.

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