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Edward Osborne Wilson

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Edward Osborne Wilson







June 10, 1929



Astrological Sign: Gemini



American entomologist and theorist who- inspired by the complexity of ants- revolutionized the scientific world. After discovering the first known colonies of fire ants at age 13, E.O. Wilson went on to walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, expanding upon his ideas of natural selection. In coining the terms “biodiversity” and “sociobiology”, he proposed that evolution can relate to physical and behavioral characteristics and argued for the primacy of biology over culture. Wilson put forward that there was a human continuum with other species, he explained that much of human behavior is genetically determined and this biological influence was motivated by the drive to perpetuate ones own genes. Today, Wilson remains a highly respected scientist at Harvard University.




Strengths: Scientific humanists, environmental advocate, founder of sociobiology.



Weaknesses: Ideas accused of being racist and misogynistic, suggesting some races are superior to others. 



 Special Features: Won the National Medal of Science, Craaford Prize, and two Pullitzers, among many other prestigious honors. Named one of Time Magazines “25 Most Influential People in America” in 1995.




Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975)


On Human Nature (1978)


Promethean Fire: Reflections on the Origins of the Mind (1983)


The Ants (1990)


The Diversity of Life (1992)


Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998)


The Naturalist (2006)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       




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