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E.O. Wilson: Wrong on ice cream, maybe right on conservation.


He's not a hippie. He's not an animal rights nut. He's not a wild-eyed Jewish socialist from Brooklyn flapping his arms under a mad cloud of unruly hair. He's a porch-sitter, a sweet-tea drinker. His favorite ice cream is butter pecan, a flavor containing no chocolate and so, to my mind, a waste of both ice and cream. Only a man of infinite serenity could adopt such a flavor as his favorite.

Jeff Dorchen forgives E.O. Wilson's controversial choices in ice cream to examine the biologist's suggestion to set aside half the Earth for life of the non-human variety, and finds a hopeful idea that maybe confuses the altruism and long-term planning abilities of ants with that of humans, but maybe doesn't.

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Jeff Dorchen

Jeff is a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, fiction writer, poet, playwright and screenwriter. He's been a playwright, songwriter, and performer with Chicago's Theater Oobleck since 1988, a writer and actor with Red Baron Films since 2000, and a contributor to This Is Hell! since 1996. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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