The Future of Life

by E. O. Wilson
New York: Vintage, 2003. 256 pages.

“The central thesis of this elegant manifesto is not unfamiliar: the impact of human population growth and ‘wasteful consumption’ on the biological diversity of our planet has been nothing short of disastrous,” writes the reviewer for The New Yorker. “What distinguishes Wilson’s book, though, is its nuanced and evocative explanation of just why biodiversity matters, and its surprisingly optimistic diagnosis of how this natural balance might be preserved.” “A civilization able to envision God and to embark on the colonization of space will surely find a way to save the integrity of this planet and the magnificent life it affords,” Wilson concludes.