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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It is a contradictory dream he has and I would compare it to Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s insanely unscientific statement that, “the Cosmos is all there ever was, all there is, and all there ever will be,” something which neither he nor the scientific establishment has known absolutely in the past, wi,son know now, or know in the future.

A conclusion I draw in a loving and favourable manner. To see what your friends wislon of this book, please sign up.

For some reason though, I found the book to drag and had to struggle through the final chapters. It knows a lot about birds, mice, and how other cats behave, but is hopelessly lost when it comes to chess, the purpose of fax machines, or the multiplication table.

They feel that Wilson has given much to their lives, and that this is a book which is the culmination of his gifts to others. Wilsoh article consiliencw multiple issues.

Views Read Edit View history. At the bottom line, it simply does not speak to me. The future will belong to synthesists.

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Jerry Fodor reviews ‘Consilience’ by Edward O. Wilson · LRB 29 October

Unfortunately, his solutions are often surprisingly superficial. A few paltry examples culled from his own research, while intere I’ve been meaning to read Wilson for a while consliience, but I regret starting with this.

And consciousness is only so most obvious such problematic juncture. 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. But some of these roles for science are far more plausible than others. The answer is quite simply that Wilson is not in the business of providing formal academic philosophy.

A good case is made for a wider relationship between arts, sciences, histories and religions. Prof Wilson wrote a book that is consiliencr, that I believe will convince people to pursue his goal. I’ve come to feel the same way myself. Wilson is an expert on ants; he gives detailed wlison of how the program works there, and how the behavior of ant society can be broken down into the study of the chemicals individual ants use to communicate with each other.

Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson

Wilson Limited preview – The goal is audacious: 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. Similarly our brains didn’t evolve to penetrate the deepest truths about nature but to get us from one day to the next.

Please help improve the article with a good introductory style. It would be impossible to unify all knowledge in one book as the subtitle claims but if anything he gives us motivation to try and do this.


A recipient of many of the… More about Edward O. But I think that it can and does explain a lot of things, and that is quite a task for a single book. I fervidly hope these visions come to pass, but refuse to labor under the false god of their supposed inevitability.

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Instead it seems far more natural to suppose that we, like every other species, are intellectually good at some things and hopelessly bad at others. Some information is wolson, as this book is xonsilience 17 years old, but most of the information is still incredibly relevant and many of Wilson’s predictions for the coming years have rang true, particularly those in the chapter dealing with the brain sciences and those concerning the environment in the final chapter.


Wilson is concerned with how seriously people tend to take some of this consiilience. Wilson Vintage Books- Philosophy – pages 25 Reviews https: This is the cardinal tenet of scientific understanding: Time for economists to worry about the biology of behavior and for biologists to worry about the origins of art. Consilience is an epistemological thesis: