E. O. Wilson

Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition.E. O. Wilson

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

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Our brain is mapping the world. Often that map is distorted, but it's a map with constant immediate sensory input.E. O. Wilson

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

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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.E. O. Wilson

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Change will come slowly, across generations, because old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false.E. O. Wilson

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The education of women is the best way to save the environment.E. O. Wilson

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Competing is intense among humans, and within a group, selfish individuals always win. But in contests between groups, groups of altruists always beat groups of selfish individuals.E. O. Wilson

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When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.E. O. Wilson

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Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science.E. O. Wilson

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If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable.E. O. Wilson

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The essence of humanity's spiritual dilemma is that we evolved genetically to accept one truth and discovered another. Is there a way to erase the dilemma, to resolve the contradictions between the transcendentalist and the empiricist world views?E. O. Wilson

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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.E. O. Wilson

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So in my freshman year at the University of Alabama, learning the literature on evolution, what was known about it biologically, just gradually transformed me by taking me out of literalism and increasingly into a more secular, scientific view of the world.E. O. Wilson

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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.E. O. Wilson

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Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies. I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my energies and drove me in new directions.E. O. Wilson

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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.E. O. Wilson

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Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.E. O. Wilson

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If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months.E. O. Wilson

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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.E. O. Wilson

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I've found that good dialogue tells you not only what people are saying or how they're communicating but it tells you a great deal - by dialect and tone, content and circumstance - about the quality of the character.E. O. Wilson

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

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Individual versus group selection results in a mix of altruism and selfishness, of virtue and sin, among the members of a society.E. O. Wilson

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An individual ant, even though it has a brain about a millionth of a size of a human being's, can learn a maze; the kind we use is a simple rat maze in a laboratory. They can learn it about one-half as fast as a rat.E. O. Wilson

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

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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.E. O. Wilson

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Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.E. O. Wilson

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

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We ought to recognize that religious strife is not the consequence of differences among people. It's about conflicts between creation stories.E. O. Wilson

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The ant world is a tumult, a noisy world of pheromones being passed back and forth.E. O. Wilson

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