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What E. O. Wilson got right, what confused him, and what he disrespected

The brilliant conservation and ant biologist E. O. Wilson wrote a bizarre piece for the Wall Street Journal recently. It is modified from an upcoming book of advice for young students. It has inspired an intense flurry of highly negative … Continue reading

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Why blurry vision helps with big ideas

My friend Cin-Ty Lee has always claimed that poor vision has helped make him the exceptional birder that he is. He claims that because he cannot pick out every detail instantly he has to look at the whole bird in … Continue reading

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