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Tanypteryx
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Message 1 of 29 (768020)
09-04-2015 4:00 PM


E.O. Wilson Wants Us to Leave Half of the Earth AloneHere's Why
This is a good profile of E.O. Wilson and he talks about his new book due out in March 2016, tentatively titled, Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life.
In my opinion, Wilson is one of our greatest living scientists and one of the greatest scientist/communicators of all time.

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09-05-2015 8:57 AM
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09-05-2015 8:22 AM


But Wilson's name will always be tainted by association with Sociobiology for me.
Well, "tainted" seems a bit harsh to me considering the amount of work he has done that is unrelated.
quote:
But much of the confusion has come from a simple misunderstanding of the content of sociobiology. Sociobiology is defined as the systematic study of the biological basis of all forms of social behavior, including sexual and parental behavior, in all kinds of organisms including humans. As such, it is a discipline an inevitable discipline, since there must be a systematic study of social behavior. Sociobiology consists mostly of zoology. About 90 percent of its current material concerns animals, even though over 90 percent of the attention given to sociobiology by nonscientists, and especially journalists, is due to its possible applications to the study of human social behavior. There is nothing unusual about deriving principles and methods, and even terminology, from intensive examinations of lower organisms and applying them to the study of human beings. Most of the fundamental principles of genetics and biochemistry applied to human biology are based on colon bacteria, fruit flies, and white rats. To say that the same science can be applied to human beings is not to reduce humanity to the status of these simpler creatures.
from: What is Sociobiology, by E. O. Wilson, In: Michael S. Gregory, Anita Silvers, and Diane Sutch (eds.) [1978] Sociobiology and Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Critique and Defense. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, pp. 1-12.

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09-05-2015 1:56 PM
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09-05-2015 12:05 PM


O give me a home where the unicorns roam....
Wilson's heart is in the right place, but mankind is not going to stop.
The 6th extinction will continue.
He has made a magnificent attempt to catalog the life on the planet before it disappears.
He raised more than $5 million to start the Encyclopedia of Life.
I have contributed some images to EOL myself.

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One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie
If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

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