By Edward O. Wilson
"*Biophilia* is Edward O. Wilson's such a lot own booklet, an evocation of his personal reaction to nature and an eloquent assertion of the conservation ethic. Wilson argues that our common affinity for life–biophilia–is the very essence of our humanity and binds us to all different residing things.
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So my future was already secure when I received Caltech's rejection letter, which hurt but didn't surprise me. They had no way of knowing that I had become more interested in studying genetics than birds. They also expected their students to do well in math. Last to arrive was a letter from Harvard offering acceptance but no financial aid for tuition or living costs. I was in no sense disappointed, as there was no one on its faculty truly interested in the gene. During my last quarter, I registered for the simpler of the two departmental organic chemistry courses, the one for pre-meds as opposed to future scientists.
Somewhat downcasting were the results of my two IQ tests, discovered by stealthy looks at teachers’ desktops. 1 got more encouragement from my reading comprehension scores, which placed me at the top of my class. I graduated from grammar school in June 1941, just after Germany invaded Russia. By then Churchill had joined Roosevelt as a hero of mine, and on most evenings we listened to Edward R. Murrow reporting from London on the CBS news. That summer was broken by my first time away from my family, going by train for two weeks in August to Owasippe Scout Reservation in Michigan above Muskegon on the White River.
With my interest in birds drawing me toward a career in biology, I was disappointed when I got yet another B on the comprehensive exam that August. My progress toward a concentration in science did not reflect any dislike of the second-year surveys in the humanities or social sciences. In fact, both these classes left lasting memories of inspired teaching. Of all my instructors, the Trinity College-trained Irish classicist David Greene would bring me closest to Hutchins's idea of great teaching.