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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are social scientists lacking, according to Wilson?
(a) Funding.
(b) Purpose and drive.
(c) Relationships with the humanities.
(d) Unity and vision.

2. How much will sea levels theoretically rise if the ice caps melt?
(a) 120 cm.
(b) 90 cm.
(c) 30 cm.
(d) 60 cm.

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

4. What does Edmund Wilson say is the logic behind consilience?
(a) Generation of science by art.
(b) Interpretation of art by science.
(c) Mutual interpretation of arts and sciences.
(d) Interdependence of art and humanities.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What beneficial uses can incest have in cultures, in Durham's account?

2. Which social science does Edmund Wilson say is best situated to bridge the gap between natural science and social science?

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

4. How does Transcendentalism validate ethics?

5. How do widely distributed cultural traits affect genes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What ethical perspective does Wilson call the Transcendental view?

2. What social science does Wilson credit with coming closest to consilience?

3. How does Wilson describe the universality of art?

4. How does art look through the gene-culture evolution paradigm Wilson offers?

5. What is the consilient view of religious ethics?

6. What is volitional evolution, and what does Wilson say are its effects?

7. Where does ethics come from, in E.O. Wilson's account?

8. What does Wilson say is the relationship between human genetics and the development of culture?

9. What is the purpose of the social sciences, and how does Wilson distinguish the social sciences from the physical social sciences?

10. In what way are epi-genetic rules cross-cultural?

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