Emeriti Faculty: Books that mattered

Daniel Guthrie

Professor of Biology, 1964 – 2010

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  1. Seven Arrows (1985), by Hyemeyohsts Storm.  This book is important to me because of the idea that different moods and different cultures can change how you see things. Also how incomprehensible the behavior of others can be.
  2. Art of Birds (1985), by Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).  The following from one of his poems is about the best explanation of my travels: “A people’s poet, provincial and birder, I’ve wandered the world in search of life. Bird by bird I’ve come to know the earth, discovered where the fire flames aloft, the expenditure of energy, and my disinterestedness were rewarded, even though no one paid me for it, because I received those wings in my soul, and immobility never held me down.”
  3. Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975), by E. O. Wilson (1929 – ).  For us evolutionists – The view that evolution does not just explain structures but also behavior, disease and social structure, and is  fully applicable to humans.
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