Monday, March 23, 2009

“Punctuated Equilibrium is Garbage”

A fantastic lecture given by E. O. Wilson at Florida State last night!

It was a privilege to listen to such a distinguished scientist, expert naturalist and exceptional author. If only I was half as sharp today as he is at 79… The amount of technical knowledge, understanding and wit that he possess is only exceeded by his passion for the natural world – a true asset to the scientific community and to the planet as a whole.

Rather than listen to my second hand droning, checkout the link below to view the webcast directly - Courtesy of Florida State University.

Also, be sure to scope the “E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center” which is scheduled to open September 12, 2009.

By clicking on the link below you’ll be able to hear Ed Wilson talk about Darwin’s four great works:

1. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries visited during the Voyage of HMS Beagle Round the World (1845)
2. On the Origin of Species (1859)

3. The Descent of Man; and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871)

4. The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals (1872)

As well as topics like;

The John Wayne Vs Woody Allen Model of Sexual Selection…

The Birth of Modern Psychology…

The two Tribes of Biologists - the Functional biologist and the Natural Evolutionist…

Religion as a Byproduct of Warring Tribalism…

The Plight of the Honey Bee…

The Potential for Life on Europa…

And don’t forget to listen for my favorite quote of the talk, “Punctuated Equilibrium is Garbage.”

UPDATE: Click on "WEBCAST" under Ed's picture at the website Here to listen.


  1. I have tried the link for E.O. Wilson's lecture several times. There seems to be nothing There.

  2. I would greatly like to hear the talk by E.O.
    Wilson, PLEASE advise as to why it has disappeared from the there any to
    get it back...Thanks

  3. Just returned from the field and got the messages...

    TRY THIS - Go to the FSU Origins "E.O. Wilson Page" and click on "WEBCAST" at the link directly underneath Ed's Photo - it seems to still be working.


    Good luck and sorry for the delay.