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Yoga Korunta

Life & Politics

Location: United States

One learns, as nothing endures but change.

10 April 2005

Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner, spoke at the Cleveland Public Library today. He is the Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University. A fascinating lecture on biodiversity helped explain the current equilibrium and future for the earth and humanity.

The lesson? Our generation will see the state of the environment get much worse. We will not live to see the population peak. About 20% of the earth's population lives in abject poverty without clean water or planning on a next meal. In this dire condition, the poorest humans reproduce en masse. They have no foreseeable future and so create as many offspring as possible. Not surprisingly, this position is supported by many religions as they seek to increase their membership and to replace the dying. After all, isn't the measure of a man the number of hungry mouths he can sire? Isn't the value of a woman the number of times she is giving birth? The hope? Education of women and economic improvement.

An autographed copy of The Diversity of Life now graces your author's shelf.


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Blogger Chatty said...

Education is easy...getting them there and to listen is another story. History repeats itself. But I agree...no matter how vehemently I say it on mine. :)


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