Quantitative Biology


Altruism, Jesus and the End of the World—how the Templeton Foundation Bought a Harvard Professorship and Attacked Evolution, Rationality and Civilization. a Review of E.o. Wilson 'the Social Conquest of Earth' (2012) and Nowak ‘SuperCooperators'(2012)

Authors: Michael Starks

Famous ant-man E.O. Wilson has always been one of my heros--not only an outstanding biologist, but one of the tiny and vanishing minority of intellectuals who at least dares to hint at the truth about our nature that others fail to grasp, or insofar as they do grasp, studiously avoid for of political expedience. Sadly, he is ending his long career in a most sordid fashion as a party to an ignorant and arrogant attack on science motivated at least in part by religious fervor. It shows the vile consequences when universities accept money from religious groups, science journals are so awed by big names that they avoid proper peer review, and when egos are permitted to get out of control. It takes us into the nature of evolution, the basics of scientific methodology, how math relates to science, what constitutes a theory, and even what attitudes to religion and generosity are appropriate as we inexorably approach the collapse of industrial civilization.

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