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Edward Osborne Wilson

Datum narození: 10. červen 1929

Edward Osborne Wilson je americký přírodovědec, biolog a entomolog.

Edward O. Wilson je považován za zakladatele sociobiologie. Působí jako emeritní profesor na Harvardově univerzitě. Americká organizace Foundation for the Future mu v roce 2000 udělila první Kistlerovu cenu , za originální práci při výzkumu sociálních implikací genetiky. Je držitelem řady dalších významných ocenění, mimo jiné dvou Pulitzerových cen.

„...většina vědců jsou tribalisté. Jejich životy jsou tak svázány s některou z teorií, že je nemohou opustit.“

„Tam, kde se historie snažila biologie zmocnit, aby ji (nízce a nesprávně) využila v historické demografii, dnes biologie chce a může historii něco naučit.“

„People would rather believe than know.“

„Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.“

„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.“

„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.“

„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.“

„Karl Marx was right, socialism works, it is just that he had the wrong species“ The Ants

„There is no better high than discovery.“

„You teach me, I forget. You show me, I remember. You involve me, I understand.“

„One planet, one experiment.“

„Humanity today is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology. We thrash about. We are terribly confused by the mere fact of our existence, and a danger to ourselves and to the rest of life.“ The Social Conquest of Earth

„Adults forget the depths of languor into which the adolescent mind decends with ease. They are prone to undervalue the mental growth that occurs during daydreaming and aimless wandering“

„Humanity is a biological species, living in a biological environment, because like all species, we are exquisitely adapted in everything: from our behavior, to our genetics, to our physiology, to that particular environment in which we live. The earth is our home. Unless we preserve the rest of life, as a sacred duty, we will be endangering ourselves by destroying the home in which we evolved, and on which we completely depend.“

„True character arises from a deeper well than religion. It is the internalization of moral principles of a society, augmented by those tenets personally chosen by the individual, strong enough to endure through trials of solitude and adversity. The principles are fitted together into what we call integrity, literally the integrated self, wherein personal decisions feel good and true. Character is in turn the enduring source of virtue. It stands by itself and excites admiration in others.“

„The love of complexity without reductionism makes art; the love of complexity with reductionism makes science.“ Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

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