Elisabeth Tova Bailey lives on the mid-coast of Maine. That’s about all we know of her background in the novel “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating.” Then, we learn, “At the age of 34, on a brief trip to Europe, I was felled by a mysterious viral or bacterial pathogen, resulting in severe neurological symptoms.”
The pathogen began slowly to eat away at her immune system, severely compromising her heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion. For a time, her bones were more or less turned to mush. Eventually, she had to move from her large house to small studio apartment, capable of little more than lying in bed all day. Often the only person she would see was her caretaker for a half-hour at meals.
Then a friend brought her a little pot of violets, dug from the leafy loam outside Elisabeth’s studio, in which she’d placed a single woodland snail. This small, humble snail ended up becoming Elisabeth’s companion guide and, in a sense, alter ego for a year...
Who is EO Wilson!!!!? I nearly fell to the floor. But seriously he is someone most people have never heard of but to my mind, and quite a few others, the person who understands the evolution of social animals, and probably evolution as a whole, better than any other human being. A true pioneer and a complete one off.
He is also quite battle hardened, having been subject to some pretty ferocious nonsense early on in his career over his seminal work on sociobiology. So he is unlikely to be easily fobbed off or dissuaded once he is onto something.
Plus, by all accounts, a thorough gentlemen.
And even if indirect, making connections is what raising awareness is all about.
Thanks for that. I'll look out for it. I enjoy nature writing as well. I've been looking at this and this recently. Not read them yet though. And I recommend Waterlog if you enjoy the outdoors and swimming in the outdoors (or if, like me, you dream of enjoying it once again.)
Richard Dawkins is more familiar to young people. But Edward Wilson is also a great evolutionist. Personally, I know a lot of evolution. I must conclude that only micro-evolution really is scientifically proven. Macro Evolution is a philosophical concept. Yet many scientists will claim otherwise. I think macro evolution is a fairy tale for grown people and Darwinists. Maybe someone can open a new topic for evolution. This is not the place for a debate. I hope the Lipkin study will be done soon!
You don't sound old and someone just texted me about this but for the life of me I cannot figure it out. I don't have a google or Gmail account and never heard of Google plus or hang outs and am giving up b/c too complex for me!