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Best-selling author, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, named one of America’s 25 Most Influential People by Time magazine, an iconic evolutionary biologist, and considered by many as the father of the modern environmental movement, Edward O. Wilson, recently spoke at the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Urging a message of unity among people whose faith is in science and on the other side, people whose faith lay in religion, Wilson said, “We must start working together, for the good of living things.”

Wilson and a panel of five other experts in their field of study discussed subjects ranging from climate change, first amendment law, entomology, and environmental philosophy to the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and Wilson’s book The Creation, a plea for science and religion to work together to save the planet.

In an exclusive interview with Wilson, he said, “We have seen what could be a major shift in the moral foundation in the country. We’ve seen the fragility of our great economic engine… as a result; we need to have new goals that provide a better quality of life, for all life.”

“I have really enjoyed myself here at USAO and it is great to see students receiving a true liberal arts education. The little time I have been on campus today it is apparent that the faculty takes time to get to know each student and they take pride in each student… you don’t see that at many of the other major universities in the country that have famous scholars. You know, teachers who actually teach. Liberal Arts colleges in the U.S. are the institutions for the future and the education one receives from them prepares them for success, because it provides such a wide spectrum of studies,” said Wilson.

“That is why I am inclined to favor liberal arts and I hope to see people continue to support universities like USAO, it is crucial,” added Wilson.

Wilson was not only quick to speak of the necessity of unity among religion and science, his “biologist side” readily gave examples of the many endangered species, how many are left, exactly what region they come from, if not down to the pond an “endangered newt” was last seen in.

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