Consilience has ratings and reviews. Manny said: At first, I wasn’t sure I liked Consilience. E.O. Wilson is frank about his disdain for philos. Wilson was excoriated for his knowledge claims, for his logic, for his intentions, and for his conclusions. Consilience was truly judged to be a. “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” –The Wall Street Journal One of our greatest.
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Not the most enjoyable book to breeze straight through, it actually took me a month to really sit down and polish off the second half in the past two days, but a good book nonetheless. In Consilience, Wilson sets himself the impossible task of arguing that all human knowledge can be reduced to key wilsno principles.
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He is a life-long consiloence with the courage to take on the deniers that his writing brings out. A complex and nuanced argument. He musters a terrific takedown of postmodern relativism, but also downplays the massive and potentially insurmountable obstacles that render complex systems opaque to traditional tools of scientific analysis.
But surely this doesn’t exhaust the role of science.
Wilson, considered to be one of the world’s greatest living scientists, argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge and the need to search for consilience–the proof that everything in our world Wilson was excoriated for his knowledge claims, for his logic, for his intentions, and for his conclusions.
September Learn how and conslience to remove this template message. That’s simply what we mean by a weak genetic connection.
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But this incapacity, Wilson thinks, is beside the point. I thought that all of these ideas and tidbits of information were practical and useful knowledge that I would eventually be payed to write about. He doesn’t flatly deny the phenomenon the way Daniel Dennett does.
The future will belong to synthesists. This is an area where he has been criticized before, particularly by Philip Kitcher in his harsh condemnation of sociobiological theory: And neither is mentioned by Wilson. For Wilson, we are approaching the man-made Armageddon and the challenge is that which lies before us. Paperbackpages. I do think he’s right when he says that the social science and wildon would probably benefit from a better understanding of things like genetics and Darwinian evolution, I just think that these sorts of cross discipline synthesis need a stronger foundation than the one he provides.
That grain of salt inflames the wounds of history, reminding us that all human endeavors take place under the penumbra of a stayed execution. That would be a spoiler, so you will have to read this book yourself.
What we inherit are neurobiological traits that cause comsilience to see the world in a particular way and to learn certain behaviors in preference to other behaviors. Time for economists to worry about the biology of behavior and for biologists to worry about the origins of art.
These books are for that abstract, romantic, ponderous side of me, that, despite the way this review might make me sound, is definitely still there. That or they’re just not curious enough about the natural world to want to read anything other than a bunch of esoteric babbling about the essence of their own being.
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
Lists with This Book. Have we here “reduced” ethics to biology? I think we ought to pay attention to what the structure of the scientific institution seems to be trying to tell us. There is just SO much knowledge out there that individual genius has to dedicate itself to one small area of the cutting edge which wilsoh its own specific level of jargon.
The reductionist program has been stunningly effective in all the hard sciences. All students were required to take an ambitious program of arts, sciences, humanities, and mathematics that included required courses for all in “The Nature of Man, The summer before my freshman year at SMU, the required reading list included C.
If this is what consilience is like, I recommend the assorted antipasti. This book, is then an attempt to encourage us to step back, and try to understand the big picture. The key issue is this: Indeed maybe there are hosts of problems that lie beyond our intellectual grasp. And I’m certainly not the wilsson biologist to reach this conclusion. The New Synthesis we have the forthcoming trials and tribulations brought on by the human population explosion and by the ever-decreasing range of biodiversity.
This book, is then an attempt to encourage us to step back, and try to unders Wilson’s point is that there was a time when a single person could know all the formalized knowledge that there was to know.