E. O. Wilson, RIP

E. O. Wilson
E. O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson, whose research into ant behavior unlocked insights into human society, has left us.

This is one of my favorite quotes from Wilson’s groundbreaking work:

I have a special regard for altruism and devotion to duty, believing them virtues that exist independent of approval and validation. I am stirred by accounts of soldiers, policemen, and firemen who have died in the line of duty. I can be brought to tears with embarrassing quickness by the solemn ceremonies honoring those heroes. The sight of Iwo Jima and Vietnam Memorials pierces me for the witness they bear of men who gave so much, and who expected so little in life, and the strength ordinary people possess that held civilization together in dangerous times. (p. 25, Naturalist)

16 thoughts on “E. O. Wilson, RIP”

  1. Dear Mike,

    How sad it is to learn that the eminent scientist Edward O Wilson has passed away on Boxing Day! Thank you for composing a post about him.

    Had he lived for another ten years, perhaps another two or three books could have materialized. Of all the scientists who have passed away in my lifetime, his departure is of the most profound loss for me.

    My latest post entitled “😱 We have Paleolithic Emotions; Medieval Institutions; and God-like Technology 🏰🛰” is a special tribute to Wilson. The direct link is:

    https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2021/12/31/we-have-paleolithic-emotions-medieval-institutions-and-god-like-technology/

    Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

    May you find 2022 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your travelling, writing, reading, thinking, researching, critiquing and blogging whatever topics that take your intellectual fancy and academic whim!

    Take care and prosper!

    Yours sincerely,
    SoundEagle

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