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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through From Genes to Culture.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What claims do philosophers make for the unification of knowledge?
(a) That it can reduce the need for science.
(b) That it can bring more peace to political conflicts.
(c) That it can resolve issues the sciences cannot answer.
(d) That scientific solutions are incomplete without the humanities.

2. What subject would Wilson like to see more of in undergraduate education?
(a) Sciences.
(b) Philosophy.
(c) Arts.
(d) Humanities.

3. What does science seek, in Wilson's account?
(a) Probably hypothesis.
(b) Objective truth based on hypothesis.
(c) The mind of God.
(d) Interesting hypotheses.

4. Where do government policies typically originate, in Wilson's account?
(a) In experts in each field or region.
(b) In politicians' thinking.
(c) In majority rule.
(d) In popular consensus.

5. Where does the unification of intellectual work have its benefit, in Wilson's account?
(a) In philosophy.
(b) In politics.
(c) In the future.
(d) In environmental policy.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Wilson describe the strength of the French Revolution?

2. Why have scientific models of the brain failed to explain consciousness?

3. How did Locke distinguish between culture and history?

4. What are the nerve cells in the brain called?

5. When was Condorcet born?

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