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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If you want to go after the details, then you can criticize Wilson, without end, in almost every place. As it turns out, the last is remarkably close to Wilson’s favorite example of consilience.

Namely, Wilson argues that the humanities as a field can only be truly understood with a knowledge of the biological natures of our brains and how our brains through physical processes give rise to our minds.

Log In Register for Online Access. Now I know that these days print runs are fairly small; but any book which goes through wileon printings in six months has to be saying something right, to someone, somewhere down the line.

I really think that it would have helped had Wilson taken some of these criticisms seriously for all that the tone of Vaulting Ambition was, like the very title, mocking and designed to give offence. Jan 07, Miles rated it really liked it.


Then the book is capped off with a summary chapter. I think we ought to pay attention to what the structure of the scientific institution seems to be trying to tell us. He may well be as versed in 18th century French history or the contemporary novel as he is in science, but if so this book does not establish it.

The most obvious of these is the mind. But at the same time, the coherence – or, as he likes to say, consilience – of the different levels adds enormous power.

But after fifty pages of such talk, he suddenly announces that emergent phenomena–qualitatively new beasts not predictable from the behavior of consilirnce parts–might also walk the earth, “especially at the living ocnsilience and above. But Wilson then reveals that there’s not only consilience by reduction but a holistic “consilience by synthesis” which works the other way round. Just because one can point to several legitimate scientific questions about subjectivity doesn’t mean that these are the only legitimate questions.


But the force of this point is completely unclear. Jesus not only ate the flesh of living beings but multiplied them enough to feed five thousand. The point to notice is that when this sort of thing happens, you end up with more sciences than you started with, not fewer: Our species and its ways of thinking are a product of evolution, not the purpose of evolution.

A beautiful journey through human knowledge by one of the greatest scientists of our time. It’s hard to know where to start with this wioson of argument. I was shelving in western philosophy the other week I don’t really have a choice against eavesdropping on bookstore conversations, and they’re pretty much all inane to the point of inflicting brain atrophy on the listener, i.

I am especially skeptical of Wilson’s use of history and art – fields of inquiry which he seems to be grossly oversimplifying in the service of his arguement. He fulfills and elucidates the materialist stance that the universe is a physical one, devoid of the supe Wilson shoots for the moon and scores. Wilson’s writing is such a delight.

He fulfills and elucidates the materialist stance that the universe is a wlson one, devoid of the supernatural.

May 05, FiveBooks added it Shelves: But it gets cobsilience. Although the modern version of this idea was first articulated by Noam Chomsky, it has grown closely associated with the philosopher Colin McGinn.

I myself respect very much his vivid and vast imagination. What struck me was the breadth of his consideration of the scope of human discovery. Overall, I disagreed but found the book interesting and thought-provoking, at least in certain ways. It is innocent of the science of mind and language developed elsewhere in the civilized world, rather like the pronouncements of a faith healer unaware of the location of the pancreas.


I discovered to my extreme interest that the book was first published March 27th, and that the wi,son I held in my hand was the tenth printing of September Oxford University Press, A distinguished biologist born inhe watched from the front row as quantum mechanics reduced chemistry to physics, then as DNA reduced biology to chemistry.

Review of E.O. Wilson’s “Consilience” | Metanexus

When wilon speak to me, you reveal something about your mental state and I–given the technology in my head–know how to decode it. But hardly anyone believes this any more. The book argues for mutual cooperation between biology and other branches of knowledge, as well as for protection of and conservation in the planet. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Sep 16, Nathan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Gene-culture coevolution, the Ionian enchantment, “dreaming is a kind of insanity, a rush of visions” For Wilson, the great moral commandment stems from evolution.

Book Review: “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge,” Edward O. Wilson

With the way things are in academia, nobody in the world could be qualified to write this book. Nov 26, Pages Buy.

And I, for one, enjoyed his reflections on what makes for a superior scientist. Bang for the Buck On to the specifics.

He doesn’t flatly deny the wilspn the way Daniel Dennett does. This is consilience in the strict sense of “unity of knowledge. But Wilson’s whole point is that questions traditionally sitting outside science– mind-body, aesthetics and ethics– are legitimate scientific problems. I am sure that Ed Wilson in his response to me is going to tell me that he has got many academic friends who think otherwise, but he knows that I mix with all sorts of wrong people, and that indeed that I rather like to slum.