Edward Wilson Quotes


27 Edward Wilson quotes:



"To genetic evolution, the human lineage has added the parallel track of cultural evolution."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: Evolution Quotes
"The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us."
"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."
"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?"
"A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic."
"You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give."
"When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all."
"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."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: American Scientist Quotes Mankind Quotes
"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."
"The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology."
"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."
"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."
"It's like having astronomy without knowing where the stars are."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: American Scientist Quotes Astronomy and Astronauts Quotes
"There is no better high than discovery."
"Old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false."
"People need a sacred narrative. They must have a sense of larger purpose, in one form or another, however intellectualized. They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive."
"Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition."
"Even as empiricism is winning the mind, transcendentalism continues to win the heart."
"The historical circumstance of interest is that the tropical rain forests have persisted over broad parts of the continents since their origins as stronghold of the flowering plants 150 million years ago."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: American Scientist Quotes Interest Quotes
"Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius."
Author: Wilson Quotes Category: Creation Quotes



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