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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Wilson characterize the modern definition of dreams?
(a) Visions charged by emotion and reorganized by information in memory.
(b) Mystic connections to real events outside the body.
(c) Reconstitution of daily experiences in surreal visions.
(d) Psychic returns to the scenes of primal injuries.

2. What religion was Wilson born into?
(a) Judaism.
(b) Protestantism.
(c) Southern Baptism.
(d) Catholicism.

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

4. What do the laws of physics transcend, in Wilson's account?
(a) Cultures.
(b) Galaxies.
(c) Mythologies.
(d) Languages.

5. Where is the seat of consciousness in the brain?
(a) In the fore-brain.
(b) There is no center of consciousness.
(c) In the mid-brain.
(d) In the hind-brain.

6. How many cells comprise the brain?
(a) No one knows.
(b) 100 billion.
(c) 1 trillion.
(d) 100 million.

7. How does Wilson explain the ideal scientist's work ethic?
(a) Think like eagles, work like ants.
(b) Think like whales, work like minnows.
(c) Think like children, work like fathers.
(d) Think like poets, work like bookkeepers.

8. What is the difference between primary and secondary emotions?
(a) Primary emotions are tied to instincts, secondary emotions are tied to homeostatic regulation.
(b) Primary emotions are inborn, secondary emotions are personal.
(c) Primary emotions are deliberate, secondary emotions are unconscious.
(d) Primary emotions are conscious, secondary emotions are instinctual.

9. What does Wilson distinguish between?
(a) Science and religion.
(b) Science and ethics.
(c) Science and pseudo-science.
(d) Religion and myth.

10. What event marks the end of the Enlightenment, in Wilson's account?
(a) The death of de Sade.
(b) The French Revolution.
(c) The birth of Wordsworth.
(d) The American Revolution.

11. That scientific tools does Wilson credit with driving the age of scientific expansion?
(a) Vaccines, and the ability to heal.
(b) Generators, and the ability to create power.
(c) Hydraulics, and the ability to transfer power.
(d) Optics, and the ability to measure.

12. Where does Wilson propose to test the benefit of consilience?
(a) In epistemology.
(b) In social sciences and humanities.
(c) In religion.
(d) In the history of knowledge.

13. What might be a consequence of the unification of knowledge, in Wilson's account?
(a) A new sense of what divides mankind against itself.
(b) A better understanding of ourselves.
(c) Streamlined education.
(d) New fields of exploration.

14. What force did John Locke believe in, in Wilson's account?
(a) The damaging force of society.
(b) The civilizing force of discipline.
(c) The nurturing force of the environment.
(d) The therapeutic force of society.

15. What did Condorcet pioneer?
(a) The application of math in social science.
(b) The development of statistical models for economics.
(c) The application of statistics to politics.
(d) The notion of innate human rights.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What accomplishment does Wilson say Einstein strove for in his work?

3. What would need to be true before we could establish the goals and progress of evolutionary processes, in Wilson's account?

4. What does temporal-lobe epilepsy cause?

5. When does sleep occur, in molecular terms?

(see the answer keys)

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