May 5, 2014 - Edward O. Wilson

  • 05/05/2014

Stephen examines Virginia's 3rd District, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighs in on racism in America, and renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson talks "A Window on Eternity."

>> TONIGHT I TELL VIEWERS ABOUTTHE HOME STATE OF

THOMAS JEFFERSON, YES, SANTACLAUS THERE IS A VIRGINIA,

THEN I CHECK IN ON THE STATEOF RACISM IN AMERICA AFTER

DOUBLE-CHECKING THAT MY CARDOORS ARE LOCKED.

AND MY GUEST E.O. WILSON IS ABIOLOGIST WHO SAYS HUMANS

HAVE A LOT TO LEARN FROMANTS.

BUT WHEN I EXCRETE AN ODORTRAIL TO FIND MY WAY HOME I

GET ARRESTED.

SONY HAS DEVELOPED A 185TERRABYTE CASSETTE, FINALLY

YOUR MIX TAPE CAN INCLUDETWO PHISH SONGS.

THIS IS THE COLBERT REPORT.

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT, GOOD TO YOU HAVE

WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIESAND GENTLEMEN.

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN,STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU,LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

I'M SORRY, I APOLOGIZE,FOLKS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)THANK YOU, LADIES AND

GENTLEMEN, I APOLOGIZE.

I DIDN'T MEAN TO GET PASTYOUR CHANTING AM I JUST

THOUGHT I COULD SNEAK PASTTHE CASTLEGATES OF YOUR LOVE

BUT YOU STOPPED ME, THANKYOU. FOLKS, IF YOU ARE ONE

OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANSOBSESSED WITH KNOWING WHAT

DAY IT IS, THEN YOU KNOWTHAT TODAY IS CINCO DE MAYO.

WHICH THIS YEAR IS LANDINGON THE 5th OF MAY.

(LAUGHTER)NOW UNFORTUNATELY, ONE

PERSON IS MAKING A CINCODEMOCKERY OF AMERICAN

VALUES.

CASA MINORITY LEADER NANCYPELOSI, IN HONOR OF THIS

YEAR'S CINCO DE MAYO SHERELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING

QUOTE THERE IS NO BETTER WAYTO ACKNOWLEDGE THE IMPORTANT

CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COUNTRYOF AMERICA'S LATINO

COMMUNITY THAN BY ENACTINGCOMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION

REFORM.

OH, THAT IS RIDICULOUS.

WE ALREADY DO SO MUCH ONCINCO DE MAYO TO ACKNOWLEDGE

THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS.

WE DRINK NOT UNO BUT DOSEQUIS.

AND MANY AMERICANS AREEATING TACOS TODAY, EVEN

THOUGH IT IS NOT TUESDAY.

(LAUGHTER)AND FRANKLY, LATINOS SHOULD

BE DEEPLY INSULTED THATPELOSI LUMPED ALL OF YOU

TOGETHER UNDER A MEXICANHOLIDAY.

THAT'S WHAT THE PUERTO RICANDAY PARADE IS FOR.

(LAUGHTER)BUT PELOSI REALLY STEPPED IN

IT WHEN SHE SAID THE TIME ISNOW FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO

EMULATE THE BRAVERYDEMONSTRATED IN THE BATTLE

OF PUEBLA.

EXCUSE ME?

THE BRAVERY OF THE BATTLE OFPUEBLA?

ONLY AMERICAN BATTLES CAN BEBRAVE, MADAME.

MAY I REMIND YOU THE BATTLEWAS BETWEEN THE MEXICANS AND

THE FRENCH.

WHO EXACTLY ARE YOU ROOTINGFOR IN THAT FIGHT, NANCY?

MEXICAN COMMANDER IGNACIOZARAGOZA OR FRENCH COUNT

CHARLES LORENCEZ? DOESN'TMATTER BECAUSE ULTIMATELY

THE FRENCH CAME BACK ANDCRUSHED THE MEXICANS LIKE

GUACAMOLE IN THE SECONDBATTLE INSTALLING ARCHDUKE

MAXIMILLIAN AS EMPEROR OFMEXICO WHO EVIDENTLY

NARROWLY ESCAPED A CANNONSHOT TO THE BEARD.

IF NANCY PELOSI REALLYWANTED REPUBLICANS TO GET

BEHIND IMMIGRATION REFORMSHE SHOULD HAVE INVOKED AN

AMERICAN BATTLE WITH MEXICOLIKE THE ALAMO.

I'M PRETTY SURE WE WON THATONE, OTHERWISE WHY WOULD WE

KEEP REMEMBERING IT.

(LAUGHTER)NOW HEY, FOLKS, I WILL BE

WITH YOU IN JUST A MOMENT.

I JUST NEED TO PUT THEFINISHING TOUCHES ON THIS

"LITTLE MERMAID" I HAVE BEENWORKING ON HERE.

OH, PRETTY HAIR.

PRETTY HAIR.

I COULDN'T FIND ONE, A GOODONE AT THE STORE SO I DUCT

TAPED THE TOP HALF OF ABARBIE BRAND FASHION DOLL TO

THE TAIL OF A HERRING.

(LAUGHTER)SHOULD REALLY KEEP THAT

REFRIGERATED.

I'M HOPING THAT NORFOLK,VIRGINIA, WILL ADD THIS TO

THE 130 MERMAID STATUESALREADY ON DISPLAY IN THE

CITY.

AND COINCIDENTALLY NORFOLKCAN BE FOUND IN THE 77th

INSTALLMENT OF MY 434 PARTSERIES BETTER KNOW A

DISTRICT.

TONIGHT VIRGINIA'S THIRD,THE FIGHTIN THIRD!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)THE THIRD DISTRICT ABUTS

JAMESTOWN, AMERICA'S FIRSTPERMANENT ENGLISH SETTLEMENT

WHERE COLONIST JOHN SMITHWAS CAPTURED BY THE POWHATAN

INDIANS AND HAD HIS LIFESAVED BY POCAHANTAS AND

SAVED AGAINCENTURIES LATER BY

POCAHANTAS ON ICE. THE 3RD ISALSO WHERE

PATRICK HENRYUTTERED "GIVE ME LIBERTY OR

GIVE ME DEATH" WHILE THOMASJEFFERSON BRAVELY STOOD AT

HIS SIDE AND SAID "I DON'T KNOWTHAT GUY."

DURING THE CIVIL WARRICHMOND, VIRGINIA, WAS THE

CAPITOL OF THE CONFEDERACY.

TODAY THAT TITLE BELONGS TOCLIVEN BUNDY'S RANCH.

THE THIRD ALSO HOUSES THENORFOLK NAVAL STATION,

AMERICA'S LARGEST NAVALBASE.

FUN FACT, I JUST GAVE AWAYTHE LOCATION OF AMERICA'S

LARGEST NAVAL BASE.

(LAUGHTER)THE THIRD BORDERS THE

CHESAPEAKE BAY, SOMETIMESTHE BAY'S POLLUTION CAUSES

OXYGEN SEEKING CRABS TO MASSAT THE SHORELINE IN WHAT IS

CALLED A CRAB JUBILEE WHICHIS A LITTLE LIKE CALLING A

SYRIAN RELIEF CAMP A REFUGEEPARTY ZONE.

(LAUGHTER)AND JUST WHO HAS THE RICH

BUTTER MILK BISCUITS TOREPRESENT THIS DISTRICT,

NONE OTHER THAN 11 TERMCONGRESSMAN BOBBY SCOTT.

I SAT DOWN WITH HIM IN HISWASHINGTON OFFICE.

CONGRESSMAN THANKS SO MUCHFOR TALKING WITH ME TODAY.

>> GOOD TO SEE YOU, THANKYOU.

CONGRESSMAN ROBERTSCOTT-- DO YOU HAVE A LAST

NAME?

>> YES, SCOTT.

>> Stephen: ROBERT SCOTTSCOTT.

>> NO, ROBERT CORTEZ SCOTT.

>> Stephen: OH, ROBERTCORTEZ SCOTT.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU HISPANIC?>> NO, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A

FILIPINO.

>> Stephen: OH, I'M SORRY,ALOHA, TELL ME ABOUT THE

FIGHTIN THIRD.

>> IT'S A GREAT DISTRICT. ITSTARTS IN CAPITOL RICHMOND,

VIRGINIA, AND GOES DOWN TOHAMPTON ROAD.

>> Stephen: RICHMOND HASBEEN RANKED THE THIRD MOST

TATTOOED CITY INTHE UNITED STATES.

CONGRESSMAN, DO YOU HAVE ANYTATS.

>> I DON'T-- .

>> Stephen: I MEAN OBVIOUSLYNOT WHERE I CAN SEE BUT FROM THE

NECK DOWN, LIKE A -->> DID YOU THINK ABOUT

GETTING AN AMERICAN FLAGTATTOO TO SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR

AMERICA AND YOUR LOVE FORYOUR CONSTITUENTS.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: NO?

WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST THEAMERICAN FLAG?

>> I DON'T ANYTHING AGAINSTTHE AMERICAN FLAG.

>> Stephen: YOU WON'T PUT ITON YOUR BODY.

I HAVE A TATTOO OF RONALDREAGAN WEARING A COWBOY HAT

RIDING A PANTHER COMING UP OUTOF MY BUTT CRACK.

>> I WILL TAKE YOUR WORD FORIT.

>> Stephen: I NOTICE A LOTOF YOUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE

GOVERNMENT JOBS.

SO NOT A LOT OF REAL JOBS.

>> THEY ARE REAL JOBS.

>> Stephen: THE GOVERNMENTCANNOT CREATE JOBS THIS IS

AN ACCEPTED FACT.

>> SOME PEOPLE WILL THINKTHAT UNTIL THEY MEET SOME

GOVERNMENT-- NEED GOVERNMENTHELP.

>> Stephen: THAT GOVERNMENTHELP, ASSISTANCE, A HANDOUT.

>> WHEN YOU NEED YOUR MAILDELIVERED YOU WANT

GOVERNMENT JOBS, AIR-TRAFFICCONTROLLERS THOSE ARE

GOVERNMENT JOBS.

>> Stephen: I'M NOT BIG ONAIR-TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS.

I LET THE FREE MARKETDETERMINE WHO GETS TO LAND.

>> EVERYBODY ELSE WOULD LIKETHE TO SEE AIRCRAFT BEING

CONTROLLED SO THEY ARE NOTBUMPING INTO EACH OTHER.

>> Stephen: IN 2014 ARE YOUWILLING TO SIT THERE AND SAY

BIG GOVERNMENT, LET'S KEEPALL THE GOVERNMENT JOBS THAT

IS YOUR -->> BIG GOVERNMENT, LET'S

PROTECT THE AIRSPACE, BIGGOVERNMENT LET'S PROTECT THE

WATER SO THAT WHEN YOU DRINKWATER, IT'S SAFE.

>> Stephen: WHY NOT JUST BUYBOTTLED WATER.

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE DO BUYBOTTLED WATER BUT YOU WANT

THE TAP WATER TO BE SAFE.

>> Stephen: OF COURSE YOUWANT SAFE WATER BUT YOU HAVE

TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.

YOU'RE TURNING THE SAFETYNET INTO A HAMMOCK BY

TURNING ON THE TAP ANDDEPENDING ON SOME GOVERNMENT

OFFICIAL WHO DOESN'T EVENHAVE A REAL JOB DETERMINE

WHETHER THAT WATER IS CLEAN ORNOT.

AND HE'S TASTED ITBEFORE I DO.

I DON'T WANT TO TASTESOMEBODY ELSE'S BACKWASH.

>> THAT IS EXACTLY THE DEBATETHAT'S GOING ON IN WASHINGTON

TODAY.

>> Stephen: YOU HEARD OFGLOBAL WARMING.

>> I HAVE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU BELIEVEIT IS HAPPENING.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE WORRIEDABOUT THE SEA LEVEL RISING.

>> NORFOLK IS ONE OF THESECOND MOST AT RISK FOR SEA

LEVEL RISE.

>> Stephen: THE WATER IS COMINGTO ATTACK

US AND YET YOU WANT TOPROTECT THE WATER.

WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

>> I DON'T-- .

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T HAVE ARESPONSE.

IF IV'E KNOCKED YOU BACK ONYOUR HEELS THAT IS OKAY.

IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME INTHESE INTERVIEWS.

THIS IS YOUR 11th TERM INCONGRESS.

YOU WERE FIRST ELECTED IN1993 SO YOU ARE --

>> I WAS ELECTED IN '92.

>> Stephen: '92.

>> YOU GET ELECTED IN 1 YEARAND START SERVING THE NEXT.

THEY SAY IF YOU HAVE BEEN AMEMBER OF CONGRESS SINCE

1993, I WAS ELECTED IN 1992.

>> Stephen: BUT IT SAYS '93HERE.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: I HAVE BEEN A

MEMBER OF CONGRESS SINCE1993.

>> Stephen: I ACCEPT YOURAPOLOGY.

(LAUGHTER)OKAY SO MUCH OF YOUR FOCUS

HAS BEEN ON JUSTICE ANDEDUCATION REFORM.

>> MY POLICY PERSPECTIVEWE'RE TRYING TO REDUCE CRIME

AND A LOT OF THE GUTREACTIONS ACTUALLY INCREASE

CRIME.

A LOT OF THINGS SOUND GOOD,SOUND LIKE THEY ARE TOUGH ON

CRIME.

>> Stephen: THREE STRIKES,YOU'RE OUT.

>> THAT DOES NOTHING TO REDUCECRIME.

>> Stephen: IT INCREASESPRISON TERMS.

IT INCREASES PRISON TERMS.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: THEREFORE ITREDUCES CRIME BECAUSE THE

CRIMINALS ARE WHERE, IN JAIL?

>> WELL,

>> Stephen: CHECKMATE

>> THAT'S ONE OF THEPROBLEMS WITH THE POLICY.

UNLESS IT RHYMES OR ITSOUNDS TOUGH

>> Stephen: PEOPLE DON'TTHINK YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: BUT WHAT DO YOUHAVE AGAINST RHYMING.

>> THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITHRHYMES IS THAT IT CREATES AN

ILLUSION THAT ARE YOU DOINGSOMETHING ABOUT CRIME WHEN

YOU'RE ACTUALLY DOING NOTHINGABOUT CRIME OR EVEN

INCREASING THE CRIME RATE.

>> Stephen: THE FACT ISRHYMING IS WORKING. WE

HAVE MORE PEOPLE IN JAILTHAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON

EARTH.

>> BY FAR.

>> Stephen: U.S.A. NUMBER 1. (LAUGHTER)

>> IF YOU WANT TO APPLAUD,THAT'S OK

>> I WANT PEOPLE NOT TOCOMMIT CRIMES IN THE FIRST

PLACE AND IF YOU INVEST INPREVENTION AND EARLY

INTERVENTION YOU HAVE LESSINCIDENCE OF CRIME AND WILL

SAVE MONEY IN THEPROCESS.

>> Stephen: YOU ALMOSTRHYMED THERE.

YOU SAID PREVENTION ANDEARLY INTERVENTION, THIS IS

WHAT I'D LIKE TO PUSH AT THEDEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.

THIS IS SOMETHING PEOPLE CANUNDERSTAND.

PUT YOUR RHYMES INTO YOURCRIME TALK, PEOPLE DON'T

THINK YOU ARE WALKING THEWALK.

>> THAT IS A NICE RHYME.

>> Stephen: MY RHYMING ISSUBLIME, I CAN RHYME ON A

DIME, SEE I'M TRYING TO HELPYOU.

YOU HAVE GOT TO HELP ME OUT.

YOU HAVE TO DROP A FEW LINESYOURSELF IF WE'RE GOING TO

MAKE THE WORLD A BETTERPLACE.

>> THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITHCRIME POLICY THAT IS

WHY WE ARE PUSHING SO HARDFOR, EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH,

YOU LOOK AT THE STUDIES, ATTHE EVIDENCE.

AND YOU SUPPORT THINGS THATACTUALLY WORK RATHER THAN

THINGS THAT-- .

>> Stephen: MAKE YOU SEEMLIKE A JERK.

>> I DON'T-- I DON'T THINKSO.

>> Stephen: THANKS SO MUCHFOR TALKING WITH ME.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> Stephen: GOOD TO BE HERE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: LET'S PUT THE

THIRD UP ON THE BIG BOARD.

OH, IT LOOKS LIKE UNIONTROOPS BURNED RICHMOND TO

THE GROUND AGAIN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, YES, SANTACLAUS THERE IS A VIRGINIA,

>> HEY, WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY,THANK YOU SO MUCH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: FOLKS, THANK YOU

SO MUCH, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN.

LADIES AN GENTLEMEN, I DON'TKNOW IF YOU WATCH

TELEVISION.

THEY GOT SOME GOOD STUFF ONTHERE.

YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT.

THIS WEEKEND THE TUBE WASLOADED WITH PEOPLE REHASHING

THE RACIST COMMENTS OF L.A.

CLIPPERS OWNER AND MAN WHOEATS ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE

BLACK AND WHITE COOKIEDONALD STERLING.

NOW AS I SAID LAST WEEK,STERLING'S COMMENTS ARE

REPREHENSIBLE.

NO ONE CONDEMNS THEM MORETHAN I DO.

AND YES, IT IS A CONTEST.

(LAUGHTER)BUT THE MAN WAS FINED $2.5

MILLION AND SUSPENDED FORLIFE.

THE STORY IS OVER.

LET'S MOVE ALONG.

BECAUSE I BELIEVE RACISMGOES AWAY NATURALLY IF YOU

STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.

(LAUGHTER)JUST LIKE STDs.

SO I WAS ESPECIALLY HURTTHIS PAST SUNDAY TO SEE THE

TALLEST FRIEND OF THIS SHOWKAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR ON THIS

WEEK WITH GEORGESTEPHANOPOULOS GOING AFTER

WHITEY.

>> WHAT ABOUT THE UNDERLYINGISSUE THAT THE COUNTRY IS

STILL STRUGGLING WITHLINGERING RACISM.

>> WELL, THIS IS A PROBLEM.

I DID A LITTLE BIT OFRESEARCH.

MORE WHITES BELIEVE INGHOSTS THAN BELIEVE IN

RACISM.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: OH YEAH, KAREEM?

TWO WORDS.

ERNIE HUDSON.

(APPLAUSE)DID THIS MAN-- DID THIS GOOD

MAN, DID HE GIVE HIS LIFEFOR NOTHING?

(LAUGHTER)ERNIE HUDSON'S DEAD, RIGHT?

NO, I'M BEING TOLD HE ISALIVE.

ARE YOU HAPPY, KAREEM?

I CAN'T BELIEVE ERNIEHUDSON IS ALIVE TO HEAR

THESE KIND OF ATTACKS.

OH, ALL WHITE PEOPLE BELIEVEIN GHOSTS AND DON'T BELIEVE

IN RACISM.

(LAUGHTER)EVEN IF-- EVEN IF THAT IS

TRUE, EVEN IF THAT IS TRUELET'S LOOK ON THE BRIGHT

SIDE HERE.

GHOSTS GIVE WHITE PEOPLESOMETHING TO BE AFRAID OF.

IF I WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLEOF THE NIGHT AND HEAR THINGS

RATTLING AROUND DOWNSTAIRS,I GOT TWO OPTIONS, EITHER

IT'S A GHOST OR IT'S A BLACKGUY, OKAY.

YOU PICK, KAREEM, I'M GOINGWITH GHOST.

BUT THEN AGAIN I'M NOT ARACIST LIKE SOME PEOPLE.

I MEAN COME ON, KAREEM!

WE BOTH KNOW IF YOU SAW ASHRIEKING SPECTRAL FIGURE

GLIDING TOWARDS YOU ON ASIDEWALK YOU'D CROSS TO THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET.

(LAUGHTER)OR IF THE APPARITION OF A

VICTORIAN CHILD MOVES INTOYOUR NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE AND

WOULDN'T STOP POINTING AT ABLEEDING CLOSET DOOR, I

THINK YOU WOULD WORRY ABOUTYOUR PROPERTY VALUE

DROPPING.

(LAUGHTER)BUT I'M GOING TO LET YOU GET

BY ON THIS ONE.

I WILL LET YOU SLIDE.

BECAUSE YOU'RE A FRIEND.

AN IN THIS CASE, IT'SREASONABLE TO MIX UP RACISM

AND GHOSTS.

BECAUSE DONALD STERLING ISBOTH A RACIST AND LOOKS LIKE

SLIMER.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY,MY GUEST EDWARD O WILSON IS

A BIOLOGIST WHO SAYS HUMANSHAVE A LOT TO LEARN FROM ANTS.

THAT'S WHY I NEVER LET ANYONESTAND OVER ME WITH A MAGNIFYING

GLASS. PLEASE WELCOME EO WILSON.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)HEY, HOW ARE YOU DOING,

DR. WILSON.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

FOR THE FEW OUT THERE WHODON'T KNOW YOU ARE ONE OF

THE WORLD'S LEADINGAUTHORITIES ON ANTS.

AND OTHER ELEMENTS OFBIODIVERSITY BUT YOU ARE THE

ANT MAN, RIGHT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE THE ANTMAN.

60 YEARS IN THE FIELD, YOUCREATED TWO SCIENTIFIC

DISCIPLINES.

YOU RECEIVED TWO PULITZER,HAVE WRITTEN 30 BOOKS AND

YOUR LATEST IS CALLED AWINDOW ON ETERNITY, A

BIOLOGIST'S WALK THROUGH GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK.

WE WILL GET TO THE BOOK INJUST ONE SECOND.

WHY ANTS?

WHY DO WE-- WHY DOYOU-- WHY-- DID THE QUEEN

SQUIRT SOME PHEROMONES ONYOU OR SOMETHING.

WHY DID YOU TURN INTO ADRONE FOR ANTS?

>> WHY NOT ANTS?

THEY'RE THE MOST ABUNDANTCREATURES ON EARTH OF

INSECTS.

>> Stephen: THE MOST ABUNDANTCREATURES ON EARTH.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: A LOT OF CHINESEPEOPLE--

(LAUGHTER)>> THERE ARE.

>> Stephen: THERE ARE A LOTOF CHINESE PEOPLE.

>> ANTS TAKEN ALL TOGETHERWEIGH ABOUT AS MUCH AS ALL

THE HUMANS TAKEN TOGETHER.

>> Stephen: SO IT'S A FAIRFIGHT.

>> IT.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: A FAIR FIGHT.

>> YEAH, IT IS.

>> Stephen: WHAT DREW YOU TOANTS.

WERE YOU A CHILD WHEN YOUWERE FIRST DRAWN TO THEM.

>> YEAH, I BEGAN I GUESS ASA CHILD.

>> Stephen: WE ALL DO.

>> AND I STARTED GETTINGINTERESTED IN NATURAL

HISTORY WHEN I WAS A KID.

I WENT THROUGH THE BOYSCOUTS.

I LOOKED AROUND AND I SAIDWHAT CAN I DO THAT'S NEW

IN THE WORLD, AND MIGHTGIVE ME A CAREER SO I CHOSE

ANTS.

WHAT MORE I CAN SAY?

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: OKAY, ALL RIGHT.

SO NOW THE BOOK ITSELF AWINDOW ON ETERNITY,

WHAT IS GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK?WHERE IS THAT?

>> IN MOZAMBIQUE CLOSE TOTHE ZIMBABWE BORDER.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

AND SO YOU WALKED THROUGHIT.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR DOINGTHAT.

SO I DON'T HAVE TO.

I'M NOT A HUGE NATUREFAN I DON'T GO FOR A LOT

OF WALKS.

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROMWALKING THROUGH A NATIONAL

PARK, NOT AMERICA'S NATIONALPARK, WE'VE GOT THE BEST

NATURAL PARKS, DON'T WE?

>> WE DO.

>> Stephen: WE DO HAVE THEBEST NATIONAL PARKS.

>> WE DO.

AND WE OUGHT TO BE VERYPROUD OF THAT AND TAKE

BETTER CARE OF THEM, IN MYOPINION.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WE SHOULD.

>> BUT TO GET BACK, YES, TOANSWER YOUR QUESTION, YOU

KNOW, THERE IS A HUGE AMOUNTOF BIODIVERSITY, VARIETY OF

SPECIES IN A PARK LIKE THEONE IN AFRICA THAT HAVEN'T

BEEN STUDIED AT ALL AND YOUCAN BE A REAL EXPLORER.

A YOUNG SCIENTIST CAN GO TOA PARK LIKE THAT IN AFRICA

AND DISCOVER ALL SORTS OFNEW BIOLOGICAL PHENOMENON

AND NEW SPECIES AND SO ON.

IT'S A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY.

>> Stephen: NOW THIS PARKRECOVERED AFTER A WAR IN

MOZAMBIQUE.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: IS IT DANGEROUSTO WALK THROUGH THERE, ARE

THERE LANDMINES, UNSPENTSHELLS.

>> NOT THAT I HAVEDISCOVERED, FORTUNATELY.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: YOU MAKE THE

ARGUMENT THAT HALF OF THEWORLD'S LAND SHOULD BE SET

ASIDE FOR NATURAL PRESERVESLIKE THIS.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: OKAY, BUT WENEED THAT LAND.

>> WE NEED IT.

>> Stephen: WHAT IF THERE ISOIL THERE?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

SOLAR.

>> Stephen: SOLAR?

>> YEAH, WELL, ANYWAY, YEAH.

>> Stephen: WHY WOULD WE DOTHAT?

WHY WOULD YOU SET ASIDE HALFTHE WORLD'S LAND.

GOD GAVE US THE EARTH TO BEOUR DOMINION, TO EXPLOIT THE

WAY WE NEEDED TO FOR HISGREATER GLORY.

YOU'VE GOT TO GIVE ME THATONE.

>> THAT IS NOT THE WAY IREAD THE BIBLE.

>> Stephen: I THINK YOU NEEDTO REREAD IT.

TRY SHOUTING THE BIBLE.

>> WE SHOULD, REMEMBERGENESIS, BRING FORTH THE

COUNTLESS CREATURES TO SWIMIN THE SEA AND BIRDS TO

CROSS THE VAULT OF HEAVEN.

HE WANTS BIODIVERSITY.

>> Stephen: GOD WANTSBIODIVERSITY.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: BUT HE KILLEDOFF A FEW THINGS.

HE HAS, IN THE PERMIAN,90% OF ALL LIFE DIED.

>> THAT HAPPENS ONCE IN AHUNDRED MILLION YEARS,

ROUGHLY.

>> Stephen: MAYBE WE ARE UPFOR ANOTHER ONE.

>> MAYBE.

WE'RE NOT UP FOR ANOTHER ONE,WE ARE THE OTHER ONE.

>> Stephen: WAIT A MINUTE.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WE'RE DOING THEEXTINCTION OR WE

WILL BE EXTINCT.

>> MAYBE BOTH.

ANYWAY,-- .

>> Stephen: YOU JUST GLIDEDRIGHT BY MANKIND'S EXTINCTION

BUT AS LONG AS YOUR PRECIOUSANTS SURVIVE, THAT'S OKAY.

>> YOU KNOW, AN EXPERIMENTWAS MADE IN BROOKHAVEN

NATIONAL LABORATORY IN WHICHORGANISMS WERE EXPOSED TO

INTENSE RADIATION DAY AFTERDAY.

AND ALL THE CREATURES THATWERE IN THIS COMPOUND DIED

AWAY AND FINALLY THE PLANTSWILTED DOWN AND GUESS WHAT

CAME CRAWLING OUT OF THEIRNEST AND KEPT CRAWLING

AROUND.

ANTS.

>> Stephen: I FOR ONEWELCOME OUR NEW ANT

OVERLORDS.

AND I THANK YOU EO WILSONFOR BEING HERE.

THE BOOK IS A WINDOW ONETERNITY.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THANK YOU, SIR.

>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FORTHE REPORT, EVERYBODY, GOOD

NIGHT.

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