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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.

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2014, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W.W. Norton & Company
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Table of Contents

I. The Reason We Exist.
The meaning of meaning
Solving the riddle of the human species
Evolution and our inner conflict
II. The Unity of Knowledge.
The new enlightenment
The all-importance of the humanities
The driving force of social evolution
III. Other Worlds.
Humanity lost in a pheromone world
The superorganisms
Why microbes rule the galaxy
A portrait of E.T.
The collapse of biodiversity
IV. Idols of the Mind.
Instinct
Religion
Free will
V. A Human Future.
Alone and free in the universe
Appendix : The limitations of inclusive fitness

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Library of Congress
BD450.W5225 2014, BD450 .W5225 2014

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Hardcover
Pagination
207 p.
Dimensions
22 x x centimeters

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OL26240430M
Internet Archive
meaningofhumanex0000wils
ISBN 13
9780871401007
LCCN
2014016707
OCLC/WorldCat
884665106

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