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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What role does Wilson ascribe to human nature?
(a) Changing what genetic expressions mean.
(b) Connecting genes to nature.
(c) Changing how genes create environments.
(d) Changing how language expresses genetics.

2. Where does postmodernism fail to accord with science, in Edmund Wilson's account?
(a) In refusing to accept statistical modeling of individual behavior.
(b) In describing the arts as strictly cultural.
(c) In describing the brain as chaotic.
(d) In rooting creativity in social behavior.

3. What cannot be expressed by brain imaging, in Edmund Wilson's account?
(a) The genetic predisposition toward artistic work.
(b) Traits responsible for art.
(c) The locus of artistic appreciation.
(d) Reactions to art.

4. What does Edmund Wilson say the arts ultimately create?
(a) Rituals and consistency.
(b) Consilience.
(c) Religion.
(d) Science.

5. What does Wilson say about the complexity of the social sciences?
(a) They can be eliminated through military science.
(b) They can be unraveled by computers.
(c) They can be modeled by animal cultures.
(d) They are more complex than physics.

6. What did all Enlightenment thinkers have in common, according to Wilson?
(a) Literary methods.
(b) Scientific methods.
(c) A sense of historical purpose.
(d) Faith in God.

7. What is the danger of volitional evolution, in Edmund Wilson's account?
(a) Pandemics can be created.
(b) People can become less human.
(c) Populations can be eradicated.
(d) Sea levels can rise.

8. Which social science does Edmund Wilson say is best situated to bridge the gap between natural science and social science?
(a) Economics.
(b) Political science.
(c) Sociology.
(d) Anthropology.

9. What is kin selection?
(a) The survival strategy by which people care most deeply for their kin.
(b) The process by which parents decide which child to favor.
(c) The process by which people choose mates.
(d) The strategy by which a family gives itself the best chance of expanding.

10. What are effective ethical codes based on?
(a) Objective knowledge.
(b) Inherited custom.
(c) Scientific laws.
(d) Religion.

11. Where does Edmund Wilson say consilience is beneficial?
(a) In humanities and natural sciences.
(b) In all areas of learning.
(c) In biology and ethics.
(d) In history and technology.

12. How does Transcendentalism justify war, in Edmund Wilson's account?
(a) Each side describes their cause as sacred.
(b) Each side poses as protecting an individual's rights.
(c) Each side refers to nature for their authority to fight.
(d) Each side relies on unifying logic.

13. What does Wilson offer as evidence of cross-cultural epi-genetic rules?
(a) Regional cuisine.
(b) Myths.
(c) Councils.
(d) Mating rituals.

14. How many disorders are caused by genes?
(a) 1,200.
(b) 120.
(c) 12,000.
(d) 120,000.

15. How many billion people can the earth sustain, theoretically?
(a) 16.
(b) 22.
(c) 10.
(d) 12.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do tangible phenomena evolve, according to consilience?

2. What does Edmund Wilson credit human nature with altering?

3. Wilson defines culture in terms of what?

4. What does natural selection provide for a species?

5. What is critical to the development of culture, in Edmund Wilson's account?

(see the answer keys)

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