11 episodios

As part of the partnership of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, the world’s greatest living naturalist, Professor Edward O. Wilson, taught a graduate seminar at the Nicholas School February 3-14, 2014, the inaugural James and Cathleen Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity. Enrollment was limited to 16 winners of an essay competition. The discussions probed deeply into the meaning of biodiversity and the urgent need to grow the field of biodiversity studies. The seminar is both rigorous and soulful, covering not just science but activism, policy, meaning, morals, and values. This series is an extraordinary opportunity to audit a course led by one of our era’s most influential scientists and public intellectuals. The short clip #1 gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the course from participants: “[Professor Wilson} definitely likes to light a fire.”

E.O. Wilson - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence Duke University

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As part of the partnership of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, the world’s greatest living naturalist, Professor Edward O. Wilson, taught a graduate seminar at the Nicholas School February 3-14, 2014, the inaugural James and Cathleen Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity. Enrollment was limited to 16 winners of an essay competition. The discussions probed deeply into the meaning of biodiversity and the urgent need to grow the field of biodiversity studies. The seminar is both rigorous and soulful, covering not just science but activism, policy, meaning, morals, and values. This series is an extraordinary opportunity to audit a course led by one of our era’s most influential scientists and public intellectuals. The short clip #1 gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the course from participants: “[Professor Wilson} definitely likes to light a fire.”

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    Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence: E.O. Wilson and the Story Behind the Course

    Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence: E.O. Wilson and the Story Behind the Course

    • 5 min
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    Session 1A - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    Session 1A - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    Professor Wilson opens the seminar with introductions and discussion of his work on unexplored islands. Themes are introduced that will develop throughput the seminar: the primacy of species as a concept; the roles of morals, ethics, and values in conservation and biodiversity studies; the intersection of science and policy; the end of the anthropocene; and a first foray into the meaning of human existence.

    • 54 min
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    Session 1B - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    Session 1B - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    Professor Wilson addresses careers, coaxes students to enter biodiversity studies, explains what that field will be and why it will be critically important in the future. Sell inspiration and resolve the human/wildlife conflict. Understand that solutions must be both scientific and values based.

    • 59 min
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    Session 2A - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    Session 2A - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    The three tiers of biodiversity: ecosystems, species, genes. A deep discussion of taxonomy studies includes naming species after famous friends. Understanding ultimate and proximate causation in evolution and in ecosystem balance. Professor Wilson keeps up his challenge to his seminar to think rigorously about policy.

    • 1h 5 min
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    Session 2B - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    Session 2B - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    Open discussion of ourselves as a dysfunctional species. What hopes for a species with paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology?

    • 52 min
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    Session 3A - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    Session 3A - Biodiversity and the Meaning of Human Existence

    Professor Wilson tells a rousing story of ecological recovery in Gorongosa National Park. and recounts his ongoing efforts to create a giant new national park in the southeast US, and a preservation corridor from Florida to Louisiana. The discussion of corridor biology concludes with a grand vision of connecting corridors until the entire US is boxed by preservation land.

    • 1h 2 min

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