Spoiled Children of Divorce

Final Installment – Intellectuals / Exemplary Children – E.O. Wilson

I went through the rest of the Guardian’s Top 100 Intellectuals of 2005 list. This was a pretty interesting section of the list as it contained Intellectuals with all kinds of ideas about the modern Family “situation,”especially social factors & economic factors. I didn’t read anything much in depth but it seemed that mostly the Intellectuals think that the broken homes are not a good sign for society. I didn’t read any who seemed to have creative ideas about the positive impact of such a huge population in society and how it can possibly morph into a new type of better society. So far, it’s only morphed into a billion dollar pharmaceutical and psychotherapy business.

I found one more Child of Divorce on the List, E.O. Wilson. He’s sometimes thought of as being the “Father of the Environmental Movement” to balance out Rachel Carson’s role as Mother. Wilson’s scientific philosophies and researches seem concerned overall with Synthesis, using scientific thought as a unifying element in the world, sounds like some real Child of D. dreamwork… but what do I know.

Wilson began as an entomologist and developed philosophies about human behavior from years of studying the social life of ants. He’s the guy who discovered that pheromones work as a basis for chemical communication in ants. Wilson strongly promotes the idea of “Sociobiology” which says that biology/genes are responsible for all social behavior. This has gotten him into much debate with others who feel that social and environmental influences also play a part. At any rate, it’s interesting to study a Child of Divorce taking part in the Nature v. Nurture debate.

E.O. Wilson was born in Alabama in 1929. His parents divorced when he was 7 years old and he spent the rest of his childhood moving around a lot with his Father and StepMother. The same year his parents divorced Wilson damaged one eye in a fishing accident. He had been interested in Nature studies very early on and the reduced eyesight caused him to concentrate on studying insects.

Wilson was raised in a religious environment and experienced being Born Again when he was in his teens. He since then drifted away from his religious roots but is looking for ways to unify the Creationists with the Scientists. I can’t find any information about Wilson’s Mother. He’s written an autobiography called Naturalist. There’s an excellent article about him online in Seed Magazine which says that his Father was an alcoholic who committed suicide when Wilson was 21 years old (http://seedmagazine.com/news/2006/10/the_synthesizer.php).

Wilson decided to be an entomologist when he was 16 and began to collect all the Ants of Alabama. He went on to college in Alabama and then to Harvard where he received a Ph.D. He taught at Harvard for his entire career. He’s had the same assistant for 40 years.

Wilson is married and has a daughter.

Wilson has written a lot of books which explain his different interests and has received 2 Pulitzer Prizes along with many other honors and awards.

Here’s a link to a link of E.O. Wilson giving a speech at TEDBlog, an Intellectual FunFest where the greatest minds are allowed to give an 18 minute speech about whatever they wish. Wilson received one of their grand prizes so was maybe given a bit longer to expound.

Actually, TEDBlog is where I need to search for my Exemplaries from now on.


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