In fact, according to a Pew Research Center survey, American scientists are about half as likely as the general public to believe in God or a higher, universal power.
He has remarkable insights into the world and the nature of progress. If there is a single theme in the book, it is that human progress depends on both science and the humanities.
Neither is sufficient by itself. Wilson writes, "The most successful scientist thinks like a poet--wide-ranging, sometimes fantastical--and works like a bookkeeper.
Humans are curious about the world, but mostly we are interested in ourselves. Our self-fascination helps to sharpen our social intelligence, the skill that makes human beings geniuses among all the species on Earth. Wilson is a renowned expert on the social insects--ants, bees, and termites.
He has this fascinating observation; "a major difference between people and ants: Smart aliens would never try to colonize Earth, because Earth would be deadly to them. The alien world would have a radically different origin, molecular machinery, and different pathways of evolution.
Their ecosystems would by incompatible with Earth's. The result of colonization "would be a biological train wreck.
The first to perish would be the alien colonists. Many species are going extinct even before they are discovered. This is a major detriment to the human quality of life, because this deprives us of pharmaceuticals, new biotechnology, and advances in agriculture.
Biodiversity has given us antibiotics, agriculture that sustains cities and civilization, domesticated animals, and even the air we breathe. Wilson points out an interesting question; why do people prefer some habitats to others?
Why do we prefer to live near parkland and near a body of water? Wilson claims that it is because of prepared learning. We evolved in certain habitats like the African savanna, and we are best adapted to them.
As a result, we intuitively prefer these landscapes above all others. Wilson also takes some big shots at religion.
While he recognizes the great services that religions have provided to humanity, he emphasizes the great evils. He writes, "The great religions are also, and tragically, sources of ceaseless and unnecessary suffering.
They are impediments to the grasp of reality needed to solve most social problems in the real world. Their exquisitely human flaw is tribalism. Wilson writes about biological parasites that ensure their own survival with minimum pain and cost to their host. And then Wilson writes about dogmatic parasites, that bring in blind faith in supernatural creation stories.
The belief in religious superiority over rival tribes, and the belief in creationism are examples of cultural parasites. These beliefs are a "triumph of blind religious faith over carefully tested fact.
It is not a conception of reality forged by evidence and logical judgment. Instead, it is part of the price of admission to a religious tribe. However, if our species has a soul, it lives in the humanities.
This is a deep, deep book, but is quite accessible. I highly recommend it to all people interested in science, philosophy, and the humanities. Some of it was hard to watch due to the subject matter. Human bein I watched the linked program "Of Ants and Men" a short time ago and was fascinated.
Human beings are hard on animals, the earth and each other. Wilson is a brilliant man. Wilson spoke, and he was just as engaging in person as he is in his books. Wilson grew up near where I d I was fortunate to attend an event where E.
Wilson grew up near where I did, and he is one of those, to paraphrase Aldo Leopold, who cannot live without wilderness. While Wilson makes the economic case for preserving wilderness, he knows as I do, that that is not the point.
People need wild places, green trees, and wild fauna. Wilson's book, The Diversity of Life, is another excellent read.These Knights believe themselves to be serving a higher power and the latest incarnation of this group is on a mission to make the fifth Presidential assassination a reality.
A Higher Power may use events that are out of the addict’s control to sometimes reveal that there is a spiritual entity at work.
For example, the funding runs out while the person is in addiction treatment. Existence of Higher Power Still a Mystery PAGES 4. WORDS 1, View Full Essay. More essays like this: existence of god, higher power existence, faith and emotion.
Not sure what I'd do without @Kibin - Alfredo Alvarez, student @ Miami University. Exactly what I needed. - . The culvert still visible today, was the inlet for the millrace providing power to a paddle wheel at the damp located just south of the culvert.
The millrace continued to flow south to a collecting pond then back under the RR through a second culvert. Vow to respect the complexity and mystery of life.
Cherish the baffling, hidden, curious, and enigmatic dimensions of your existence and the world around you. curious, and enigmatic dimensions of your existence and the world around you. Resist the temptation to ask, “Why?” Ha Ha, Aditi! My mother still tells that story to people. A widely acknowledged truism is that knowledge is power.
But there are a LOT of profound secrets. From the mystery schools of ancient Egypt and Greece, ostensibly provides the many paths by which the individual can reach enlightenment and/or transformation into a higher realm of existence.
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