Monday, November 06, 2006

Edward O. Wilson: portrait of a polymath

And now, for your reading pleasure, let me draw your attention to the latest issue ofSeed Magazine--to my knowledge, the only science publication in the world that consciously attempts to be "hip"--in which is published a fascinating piece about Edward O. Wilson, the brilliant and often controversial Harvard entomologist, and his most recent book, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth (which, incidentally, is on my Amazon Wish List). I enjoyed the article quite a lot and would love to hear what you think about it (unless, of course, you think it sucks, in which case you can keep your negativity to yourself!).

1 comment:

Paul Decelles said...

Wonderful article. I was a graduate student when Sociobiology came out and since I am an entomologist who 'grew up' reading Wilson was really taken aback by the criticism of his book.

The seminars I went to on sociobiology that were attended largely by anthropology and social science types consisted of lots of not very useful Wilson bashing.

Funny how things have changed. Wilson was certainly wrong about many of the details, but he was and is right on about the power of the evolutionary viewpoint.