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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. E. O. Wilson#Chaos 75
E. O. Wilson#Chaos 75
Old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false. E. O. Wilson#Beliefs 69
E. O. Wilson#Beliefs 69
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. E. O. Wilson#Nature 68
E. O. Wilson#Nature 68
True character arises from a deeper well than religion. E. O. Wilson#Religion 67
E. O. Wilson#Religion 67
If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth. E. O. Wilson#Science 64
E. O. Wilson#Science 64
Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science. E. O. Wilson#Science 63
E. O. Wilson#Science 63
The historical circumstance of interest is that the tropical rain forests have persisted over broad parts of the continents since their origins as stronghold of the flowering plants 150 million years ago. E. O. Wilson#Broad 58
E. O. Wilson#Broad 58
Individual versus group selection results in a mix of altruism and selfishness, of virtue and sin, among the members of a society. E. O. Wilson#Society 56
E. O. Wilson#Society 56
The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us. E. O. Wilson#Correct 55
E. O. Wilson#Correct 55
The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology. E. O. Wilson#Believe 55
E. O. Wilson#Believe 55
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