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E.O. Wilson: The Scientist Who Writes Like a Poet

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Every generation benefits from the insights and discoveries of the generations who came before. If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. —Sir Issac Newton

Pen American Center, the largest branch of the world's leading literary and human rights organization, has just announced that Edward Osborne Wilson, PhD, Harvard professor emeritus and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is the 2018 winner of the prestigious Pen Literary Science Writing Award.

With this latest award in mind, today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities will, of course, celebrate E. O. Wilson. It has often been said by many friends that Ed Wilson writes and speaks like a scientist, with the passionate heart and soul of a poet.The brilliant and entertaining Lord of the Ants biodiversity documentary above produced by NOVA proves just that. 

We promise the precious time spent watching this delightful program will be worthwhile, particularly given the current government funding available for ecological and environmental research. 

Many of our readers will well remember Wilson's early Harvard University controversial research on social behavior and evolutionary biology, now considered by many to be responsible for mainstream scientific research referred to as sociobiology. 

The E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation

This nonprofit educational foundation is shaped by guidance from Dr. Wilson, who was also selected as one of the century's leading environmentalists by both Time and Audubon magazines

As the winner of more than 100 science awards, Dr. Wilson speaks worldwide about the urgent need for broader research and understanding of our biodiverse planet in order to protect key species and avoid unintended destruction of the ecosystems that sustain our lives. 

The foundation goal is to foster a new generation of enthusiastic explorers, environmental policy makers, and informed citizens that celebrate and conserve the biological richness of nature as a treasure to be passed on. 

The Half-Earth Project

Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life, Wilson's most recent best-selling book, has become the foundation's call-to-action project to commit half of the planet's surface to nature.

Why one half?  They explain it like this, "If we conserve half of the land and sea, 85 percent of all species will be protected from extinction and life on earth enters the safe zone.

"The project will drive the research needed to better understand and care for our world, provide leadership to guide conservation efforts, and engage people in the transcendent goal of Half-Earth." 

Have a lovely Sunday Morning.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff