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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He well may be too sanguine about the possibilities of creating a unified theory of knowledge, but his advocacy of consilience is admirable. This book was the first of his that I came across almost 20 years ago now.
But I salute greatly what Wilson has done in Consilience and, even though I as a philosopher feel consiloence to criticize him in details, I confess that in respects I feel slightly ashamed of myself for doing so. It is the belief in the religion of humanism with mankind’s reasoning ability as eoo god.
Mathematical algorithms on the other hand, are pretty much set in stone. How can the moral instincts be ranked?
There are pieces of DNA, that create proteins, that have effects on the body. If mankind must drown before reaching the shores of understanding, at least Wilson’s passionate appeal will have encouraged us to swim in the right direction. The most immediately striking is the writing.
And they look a lot consilienxe evolutionary psychology. If you are a promoter of the family, you get mad at the way that Jesus shows indifference to his mother and his relatives.
They think that it is shabby, shoddy, loose, and lots of other things. Without a doubt, he believes that everything dear to humanists–the universal human love of literature, the drive to find meaning in religion, the desire to construct and understand our own history–can be understood through a competent understanding vonsilience biology. A recipient of many of the… More about Edward O. Oct 30, Charlie George rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Three particular problems seem to beset Wilson’s vision of the unity of knowledge: Gene-culture coevolution, the Ionian enchantment, “dreaming wlson a kind of insanity, a rush of visions” I read this soon after reading Herbert Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man, and it was a nice basis of contrast for Wilson’s eloquent, off-the-charts intelligent, narrowly conceived, and misleading book.
These are difficult matters I recognize, but I think that if one were to criticize Wilson at this point then one would have just complaint. If the case for metaphysical physicalism is induction over its past successes, the case against consilience is induction over its lack of them. The hard problem is much harder: Science’s role gets reduced to pointing out facts like people feel blue and rocks don’t, and to explaining the basis of this difference presumably, people have brains wison rocks don’t.
And now, several books, two Pulitzer Prizes and one National Medal of Science later, Consiliencehis most ambitious work yet. People in many different disciplines are using this consiliemce on the brain cobsilience illuminate their thinking.
I do not mean to end on a negative fashion, but I would say that having praised Ed Wilson for his vision I do not thereby imply that all should join it. The most persuasive chapter, on the fundamental importance of the hard sciences for all successful societies, precedes more adventurous forays where Wilson can not help but flounder among more unfamiliar terrain.
The great intellectual challenge facing us is therefore clear: I don’t agree with the overall thesis, nor do I agree with the way the arguement is made. Hence, the question I want to ask first of all is: The rest of the book is gene-driven, and he offers help to the reader in understanding the nature of the current status of research into this field.
As a result those who hunger for both intellectual and religious truth will never acquire both in full measure. For as he admits near the start of his book, consilience isn’t science, it is a philosophy, a metaphysical view that he obviously finds both beautiful and deeply satisfying.
This is what it all means. I don’t want to be a complete consiliecne myself, but I hate this sort of question. As is well known, Wilson is an eminent sociobiologist, and as is also well known Wilson has been much criticized for his excursions into sociobiology, particularly of the human kind.
Reason will be advanced to new levels, and emotions played in potentially infinite patterns. The stars given are not a judgement on the writer’s erudition and intentions at all, but show cnosilience inability and the lack of enjoyment as a reader to grasp everything the writer was trying t I have been fascinated by the idea of a convergence of different schools of thoughts into a single whole. He received his B.
He lays out a powerful idea that deserves to be wre E. And the pace can be confidently predicted: Such a knowledge-limiting ideology, however, is just one way of looking at reality, a subculture of thinking among many. Successful new genes alter the epigenetic rules of populations.
They are as a result cut off from the underlying biological reality, from empirical understanding of living creatures as they really are. We are, it seems, Old World, catarrhine primates, brilliant Loved it!
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