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. “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” –The Wall Street Journal One of our greatest. Wilson was excoriated for his knowledge claims, for his logic, for his intentions, and for his conclusions. Consilience was truly judged to be a.
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It’s a lofty one, and also one that is probably neglected by practicing scientists because, as Wilson mentions, they are mainly specialists working in esoteric fields, with far too much work on their hands to dedicate any time to giving such a theoretical project consiluence consideration at all.
Here’s the concluding paragraph: Read it Forward Read it first.
Culture forms from this, and also controls which genes survive in a kind of feedback loop. Consilience is worth reading if you want to explore the mind of modernism, the belief that all things are reachable by reason and that which science cannot know cannot exist. May 24, Frederick rated it liked it.
Sometimes consilience means something hard: A conclusion I draw in a loving and favourable manner. Today there is a zillion times more to know, and the problem is that to be an expert, we have to focus on one particular narrow domain.
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson
This really is a robust tactic of scientific investigation: Still, why not get consilient while we wait? Wilson’s book consiilience have had an honored place in that curriculum.
True consilience, the seamless integration of all we know from ineffable aesthetic preference to hard-as-nails physics, may be extremely unlikely. The table of elements; not much room for improvisation. You can trace all the links and conclude that a specific piece of connsilience structure causes a specific disease; then you can design gene therapies to attack that disease. This is a great book.
We scientists are, of course, notorious for thinking all philosophical problems straightforward. Of course each level of structure is hard to describe usefully in terms of the one below. Wilson takes very seriously the whole question of the meaning of life in some consliience sense.
The book is dense with ideas and requires more than one reading as well as an exploration of at least some of the references in the excellent notes in order to get the full benefits of Wilson’s work.
Not an objectionable philosophy, but not a particularly precise one either.
As Hume pointed out over two centuries ago, conventional ethical reasoning is grounded in abstractions that have only a tenuous connection to the feelings of real people. In the new understanding can be located the most effective means for reaching consensus.
If you are looking for an olive branch, look elsewhere. He then takes us on a romp through a number of different field, to show how they are related and how they should be more involved with each wi,son. The summer before my freshman year at SMU, the required reading list included C. From inside the book.
Neither of these emerged from, or was so much as influenced by, neurological investigations. Wilson believes neurobiology will find innate rules that cause us to prefer some visual art to others. You don’t need any special training to do this; sociobiological predictions rarely spring from technical arcana about DNA-binding motifs or mutation-selection balance.
I’m happy to clean my hands of the entire interaction though. No trivia or quizzes yet.
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As I walked down the aisle with a handful of Wittgenstein, a customer approached. In principle biology more or less has to predispose us to act in some ways and not others.
The most consiliecne, important and beautiful book I have ever read. No one can guess the form the agreements will take.
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
Recall with linkages, and especially when tinged by the resonance of emotional circuits, is remembrance. He explores the chemistry of the mind and the genetic bases of culture.
Feb 10, Matthew rated it it was amazing Shelves: The crude characteristics sketched by the epigenetic basis for human nature still have little to offer such analyses 30 years after Foucault’s death.