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  • E.O. Wilson -- much more than 'the ant guy'

    E.O. Wilson -- much more than 'the ant guy'
    Myrmecologist E.O. Wilson had been out "anting" before we talked during the Sun Valley Writers Conference. He found some specimens to send back to Harvard, where he made his reputation researching insect colonies and a lot more, including sociobiology, the study of social organization as an aspect of evolution. One of sociobiology's pillars, "kin selection," explains why organisms sacrifice themselves: to ensure that their family genetic legacy endures. But now Wilson is relishing upsetting the kin selection apple cart with work he says proves that it's not just relatives but groups with other common goals that inspire self-sacrifice, an insight that provides an evolutionary basis for all kinds of human collaboration.
  • Jerome F. Esterson, photographer

    Jerome F. Esterson, photographer
    Jerome F. "Jerry" Esterson, a colorful photographer whose work entertained Baltimoreans for nearly 60 years, died May 28 at his Pikesville home of complications from an infection. He was 88. Jerome Frank Esterson, the son of Julius Esterson, a Baltimore...

    Federation's top donors recognized

    Federation's top donors recognized
    Nearly 150 top donors of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County enjoyed a night of celebration, inspiration and illumination at this year's new Leadership Gifts Event at the St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton on Dec. 4. Moving the new...

    How Palestinian 'lawfare' could backfire

    How Palestinian 'lawfare' could backfire
    (JTA) — When it comes to a long-term solution for our conflict with the Palestinians, there is no unanimity among Israelis. Many feel that the two-state solution is the only realistic option, while others believe that a Palestinian state would...

    Daniel Gordis: Another Palestinian leader makes a mistake at U.N.

    Daniel Gordis: Another Palestinian leader makes a mistake at U.N.
    Abba Eban, Israel's legendary representative to the United Nations, once famously remarked that "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proved Eban's point Friday, in an incendiary speech to the U....