Hear E.O. Wilson Discuss Humanity, Survival and Nature in “On Point” Public Radio Show Interview

A giant spider in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.
A giant spider in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. Photograph by Piotr Naskrecki.

In a lively interview on May 5, 2014, on NPR’s nationally-syndicated show “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” Edward O. Wilson responded to questions from guest host Jessica Yellin and from callers nation-wide. Topics included:

— his delight in exploring the topographically and biologically diverse Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, the subject of his latest book, A Window on Eternity

— the rapid increase in the extinction rate for the world’s species during the Anthropocene, the “Age of Man”

— our need for new food sources and how we can shrink our ecological footprint

— the potential role of science and technology in reversing the trends in the loss of biodiversity and in climate change

— his belief that humans will eventually turn to reason

— his opinion of eco-tourism

— the opening of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory at Gorongosa National Park

— the local origin myth of humanity, as understood by the communities near Mount Gorongosa

— the importance of the creation of wild land corridors, in such places as the panhandle of Florida

— whether humans have an innate drive to conquer

Listen to the podcast below, or on the website for “On Point with Tom Ashbrook. “

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