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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Mind.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Wilson call the discrete pieces of evidence?
(a) Atomic evidence.
(b) Researching molecules.
(c) The raw materials.
(d) Nitty gritty facts.

2. What benefit does Wilson say consilience has?
(a) It allows facts and theories to be tested.
(b) It provides a Rosetta Stone for the sciences.
(c) It describes the humanities in scientific terms.
(d) It translates science into humanities and vice versa.

3. What does Wilson say we discover when we link social sciences, biology, ethics and environmental policy?
(a) Fields have their own unique disciplines.
(b) Academic research involves similar intellectual work no matter the field.
(c) Each field bolsters reasoning in other fields.
(d) Fields need to have unified sources of funding.

4. What did Enlightenment thinkers tried to link, in Wilson's account?
(a) Humanity and philosophy.
(b) Science and humanities.
(c) Reason and religion.
(d) Man and animal.

5. Where did Wilson develop the idea of unified learning?
(a) In his writings on religion.
(b) During his science studies.
(c) In his research on ants.
(d) During his childhood.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Wilson say declined as people started to live longer in the nineteenth century?

2. Whose ideas influenced the formation of the French slogan "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity"?

3. The idea that water was the unifying medium for all nature is the center of which philosophical view?

4. How many genes does the brain consist of?

5. In Wilson's account, why did the French Revolution fail?

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