The Resource The meaning of human existence, Edward O. Wilson

The meaning of human existence, Edward O. Wilson

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The meaning of human existence
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The meaning of human existence
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Edward O. Wilson
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eng
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  • How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?" In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions, examining what makes human beings supremely different from all other species. Searching for meaning in what Nietzsche once called "the rainbow colors" around the outer edges of knowledge and imagination, Wilson takes his readers on a journey, in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence -- from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends. Continuing his groundbreaking examination of our "Anthropocene Epoch," which he began with The Social Conquest of Earth, described by the New York Times as "a sweeping account of the human rise to domination of the biosphere," here Wilson posits that we, as a species, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of intelligent life in a systematic, indeed, in a testable way. Once criticized for a purely mechanistic view of human life and an overreliance on genetic predetermination, Wilson presents in The Meaning of Human Existence his most expansive and advanced theories on the sovereignty of human life, recognizing that, even though the human and the spider evolved similarly, the poet's sonnet is wholly different from the spider's web. Whether attempting to explicate "The Riddle of the Human Species," "Free Will," or "Religion"; warning of "The Collapse of Biodiversity"; or even creating a plausible "Portrait of E.T.," Wilson does indeed believe that humanity holds a special position in the known universe. The human epoch that began in biological evolution and passed into pre-, then recorded, history is now more than ever before in our hands. Yet alarmed that we are about to abandon natural selection by redesigning biology and human nature as we wish them, Wilson soberly concludes that advances in science and technology bring us our greatest moral dilemma since God stayed the hand of Abraham. - Publisher
  • In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson examines what makes human beings supremely different from all other species and posits that we, as a species, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of intelligent life in a systematic, indeed, in a testable way
Summary
A twenty-first-century philosophical argument against mechanistic views of human life outlines expansive and advanced theories on human behavior to consider how humans are supremely different from all other species
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Awards note
National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2014
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Wilson, Edward O
Dewey number
128
Index
index present
LC call number
BD450
LC item number
.W5225 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Existenz
  • Mensch
  • Lebenssinn
  • Filosofisk antropologi
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Biological Evolution
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophical anthropology
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adult
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The meaning of human existence, Edward O. Wilson
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Includes index
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Contents
I. The Reason We Exist. 1. The meaning of meaning ; 2. Solving the riddle of the human species ; 3. Evolution and our inner conflict -- II. The Unity of Knowledge. 4. The new enlightenment ; 5. The all-importance of the humanities ; 6. The driving force of social evolution -- III. Other Worlds. 7. Humanity lost in a pheromone world ; 8. The superorganisms ; 9. Why microbes rule the galaxy ; 10. A portrait of E.T. ; 11. The collapse of biodiversity -- IV. Idols of the Mind. 12. Instinct ; 13. Religion ; 14. Free will -- V.A Human Future. 15. Alone and free in the universe -- Appendix. The limitations of inclusive fitness
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ocn884665106
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
207 pages
Isbn
9780871404800
Lccn
2014016707
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 11608965
  • 40024122775
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(OCoLC)884665106
Label
The meaning of human existence, Edward O. Wilson
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. The Reason We Exist. 1. The meaning of meaning ; 2. Solving the riddle of the human species ; 3. Evolution and our inner conflict -- II. The Unity of Knowledge. 4. The new enlightenment ; 5. The all-importance of the humanities ; 6. The driving force of social evolution -- III. Other Worlds. 7. Humanity lost in a pheromone world ; 8. The superorganisms ; 9. Why microbes rule the galaxy ; 10. A portrait of E.T. ; 11. The collapse of biodiversity -- IV. Idols of the Mind. 12. Instinct ; 13. Religion ; 14. Free will -- V.A Human Future. 15. Alone and free in the universe -- Appendix. The limitations of inclusive fitness
Control code
ocn884665106
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
207 pages
Isbn
9780871404800
Lccn
2014016707
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 11608965
  • 40024122775
System control number
(OCoLC)884665106

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