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Edward O. Wilson
(10 Jun 1929 - )

American biologist known for his study of ants. He is an active environmentalist.


Edward O. Wilson Quotes on Genetics (6 quotes)

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Biology is a science of three dimensions. The first is the study of each species across all levels of biological organization, molecule to cell to organism to population to ecosystem. The second dimension is the diversity of all species in the biosphere. The third dimension is the history of each species in turn, comprising both its genetic evolution and the environmental change that drove the evolution. Biology, by growing in all three dimensions, is progressing toward unification and will continue to do so.
— Edward O. Wilson
In 'Systematics and the Future of Biology', Systematics and the Origin of Species: on Ernst Mayr's 100th anniversary, Volume 102, Issues 22-26 (2005), 1.
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In the process of natural selection, then, any device that can insert a higher proportion of certain genes into subsequent generations will come to characterize the species.
— Edward O. Wilson
'The Morality of the Gene'.; Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975, 1980), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Evolution (482)  |  Gene (68)  |  Genetics (98)  |  Natural Selection (79)  |  Species (181)

No species … possesses a purpose beyond the imperatives created by genetic history … The human mind is a device for survival and reproduction, and reason is just one of its various techniques.
— Edward O. Wilson
'Dilemma'. On Human Nature (1978, 1979), 2.
Science quotes on:  |  Genetics (98)  |  Human Mind (51)  |  Reason (330)  |  Reproduction (57)  |  Species (181)  |  Survival (49)

The worst thing that will probably happen—in fact is already well underway—is not energy depletion, economic collapse, conventional war, or the expansion of totalitarian governments. As terrible as these catastrophes would be for us, they can be repaired in a few generations. The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.
— Edward O. Wilson
Biophilia (1984), 121.(1990), 182.
Science quotes on:  |  Catastrophe (17)  |  Collapse (16)  |  Depletion (3)  |  Descendant (12)  |  Destruction (80)  |  Diversity (46)  |  Economics (30)  |  Energy (185)  |  Extinction (55)  |  Folly (27)  |  Forgive (6)  |  Generation (111)  |  Genetics (98)  |  Government (85)  |  Habitat (10)  |  Happen (63)  |  Process (201)  |  Repair (7)  |  Totalitarian (6)  |  Worst (14)

To be anthropocentric is to remain unaware of the limits of human nature, the significance of biological processes underlying human behavior, and the deeper meaning of long-term genetic evolution.
— Edward O. Wilson
Tanner Lecture on Human Values, University of Michigan, 'Comparative Social Theory' (30 Mar 1979).
Science quotes on:  |  Biology (150)  |  Evolution (482)  |  Genetics (98)  |  Human Behavior (4)  |  Human Nature (51)  |  Limit (86)  |  Meaning (87)  |  Process (201)  |  Remain (77)  |  Significance (60)  |  Unaware (3)  |  Underlying (14)

We are compelled to drive toward total knowledge, right down to the levels of the neuron and the gene. When we have progressed enough to explain ourselves in these mechanistic terms...the result might be hard to accept.
— Edward O. Wilson
'Man: From Sociobiology to Sociology'. Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975, 1980), 301.
Science quotes on:  |  Gene (68)  |  Genetics (98)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Neuron (9)  |  Progress (317)


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