The Meaning of Human Existence


The Meaning of Human Existence Author Edward O. Wilson
ISBN-10 1631491148
ISBN-13 9781631491146
Year 2015-09-07
Pages 208
Language English
Publisher Liveright
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National Book Award Finalist 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 Prizewinning 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 existencefrom 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 isnow 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

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