E. O. Wilson

In 1996, Wilson officially retired from teaching at Harvard University, where he continues to hold the positions of Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology. wikipedia

Known to many as the founding father of socio-biology, E O Wilson is a big hitter in the world of evolutionary theory. But, recently he's criticised what's popularly known as The Selfish Gene theory of evolution that he once worked so hard to promote (and that now underpins the mainstream view on evolution).

Wilson has been described as the "world's most evolved biologist" and even as "the heir to Darwin". He's a passionate naturalist and an absolute world authority on ants. Over his long career he's described 450 new species of ants.

A twice Pulitzer prize winning author of more than 20 books, he's also an extremely active campaigner for the preservation of the planet's bio-diversity: he says, "destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal".

Wilson talks to Jim al-Khalili about his life scientific. bbc

# Interview in Harvard Magazine

When asked about the future, Wilson has argued that we should as a species embark on a new study of diversity, this time in the virtually unexplored world of microbes - harvardmagazine.com

With regard to how we will solve the crises of next hundred years Wilson replied:

Yes, if we are honest and smart,... The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology. And it is terrifically dangerous, and it is now approaching a point of crisis overall.

E O Wilson - wikiquote

Until we understand ourselves, concluded the Pulitzer-prize winning author of On Human Nature

until we answer those huge questions of philosophy that the philosophers abandoned a couple of generations ago—Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?—rationally

we’re on very thin ground.

# Quotes

Humanity has Palaeolithic Emotions, Medieval Institutions, and (through science) God-like Power"- "that is an extremely dangerous combination.

E O Wilson - wikiquote