E.O. Wilson has passed away

Here is the New York Times obituary.

I remember in the “early times,” when there was “sociobiology,” this highly unusual, revolutionary, somewhat evil thing, as distinct from evolutionary biology more generally.  It is a sign of Wilson’s eventual triumph that such a conceptual split largely has left the seen.  Of course the discourse has in other ways also gone backwards.

His Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge is not his best or most important book, but it has influenced me a good deal.

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