Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.
When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.
If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.
Well, let me tell you, ants are the dominant insects. They make up as much as a quarter of the biomass of all insects in the world. They are the principal predators. They're the cemetery workers.
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
Ants have the most complicated social organization on earth next to humans.
A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.
Change will come slowly, across generations, because old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false.
An individual ant, even though it has a brain about a millionth of a size of a human being's, can learn a maze; the kind we use is a simple rat maze in a laboratory. They can learn it about one-half as fast as a rat.
Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.
There is no better high than discovery.
If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable.
Political ideology can corrupt the mind, and science.
America in particular imposes an horrendous burden on the world. We have this wonderful standard of living but it comes at enormous cost.
For me, the peculiar qualities of faith are a logical outcome of this level of biological organization.
The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology.
We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.
The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.
Ants are the dominant insects of the world, and they've had a great impact on habitats almost all over the land surface of the world for more than 50-million years.
Every kid has a bug period... I never grew out of mine.
Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian struggle waged among cultures, and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals.
Our brain is mapping the world. Often that map is distorted, but it's a map with constant immediate sensory input.
Science and religion are the two most powerful forces in the world. Having them at odds... is not productive.