Consilience: the unity of knowledge

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Knopf, 1998 - History - 332 pages
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An enormous intellectual adventure. In this groundbreaking new book, the American biologist Edward O. Wilson, considered to be one of the world's greatest living scientists, argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge and the need to search for consilience--the proof that everything in our world is organized in terms of a small number of fundamental natural laws that comprise the principles underlying every branch of learning. Professor Wilson, the pioneer of sociobiology and biodiversity, now once again breaks out of the conventions of current thinking. He shows how and why our explosive rise in intellectual mastery of the truths of our universe has its roots in the ancient Greek concept of an intrinsic orderliness that governs our cosmos and the human species--a vision that found its apogee in the Age of Enlightenment, then gradually was lost in the increasing fragmentation and specialization of knowledge in the last two centuries. Drawing on the physical sciences and biology, anthropology, psychology, religion, philosophy, and the arts, Professor Wilson shows why the goals of the original Enlightenment are surging back to life, why they are reappearing on the very frontiers of science and humanistic scholarship, and how they are beginning to sketch themselves as the blueprint of our world as it most profoundly, elegantly, and excitingly is.

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I love Wilson's thinking and writing. - Goodreads
For being a science nerd, he's a great writer. - Goodreads
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The argument for uniting the various silos of academic and intellectual inquiry, made by one of the few people on earth who has actually done so himself. Read full review

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Essential reading for scientists and philosophers whether or not you agree with his ideas. His chapters on genetic/cultural co-evolution is noteworthy. One of the most important books I've read. Read full review

Contents

The Ionian Enchantment
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The Great Branches of Learning
8
The Enlightenment
14
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