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All Quotes by author - E. O. Wilson
" All three of the Abrahamic religions were born and nurtured in arid, disturbed environments. "
" America in particular imposes an horrendous burden on the world. We have this wonderful standard of living but it comes at enormous cost. "
" An individual ant, even though it has a brain about a millionth of a size of a human being's, can learn a maze; the kind we use is a simple rat maze in a laboratory. They can learn it about one-half as fast as a rat. "
" Ants are the dominant insects of the world, and they've had a great impact on habitats almost all over the land surface of the world for more than 50-million years. "
" Ants are the leading removers of dead creatures on the land. And the rest of life is substantially dependent upon them. "
" Ants have the most complicated social organization on earth next to humans. "
" Ants make up two-thirds of the biomass of all the insects. There are millions of species of organisms and we know almost nothing about them. "
" 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. "
" Because the living environment is what really sustains us. "
" Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition. "
" But I feel music has a very important role in ritual activity, and that being able to join in musical activity, along with dancing, could have been necessary at a very early stage of human culture. "
" But once the ants and termites jumped the high barrier that prevents the vast variety of evolving animal groups from becoming fully social, they dominated the world. "
" By any reasonable measure of achievement, the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified. "
" Change will come slowly, across generations, because old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false. "
" Companies that are willing to share, to withhold in order to further the growth of the company, willing to try to get a better atmosphere through a demonstration of democratic principles, fairness and cooperation, a better product, those will win in the end. "
" Competing is intense among humans, and within a group, selfish individuals always win. But in contests between groups, groups of altruists always beat groups of selfish individuals. "
" Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal. "
" Even as empiricism is winning the mind, transcendentalism continues to win the heart. "
" Every kid has a bug period... I never grew out of mine. "
" Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian struggle waged among cultures, and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals. "
" For me, the peculiar qualities of faith are a logical outcome of this level of biological organization. "
" Ideas emerge when a part of the real or imagined world is studied for its own sake. "
" I doubt that most people with short-term thinking love the natural world enough to save it. "
" 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. "
" If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth. "
" 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. "
" If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months. "
" I grew up as a Southern Baptist with strict adherence to the Bible, which I read as a youngster. "
" I had in mind a message, although I hope it doesn't intrude too badly, persuading Americans, and especially Southerners, of the critical importance of land and our vanishing natural environment and wildlife. "
" I had reached a point in my career in which I was ready to try something new in my writing, and the idea of a novel has always been in the back of my mind. "
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