The Meaning of Human Existence

The Meaning of Human Existence

Edward O. Wilson


National ebook Award Finalist. How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on the earth? will we have a distinct position, even a future within the universe? the place are we going, and maybe, the main tough query of all, "Why?"

In The that means of Human Existence, his such a lot philosophical paintings so far, Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with those and different existential questions, studying what makes people supremely assorted from all different species. looking for which means in what Nietzsche as soon as referred to as "the rainbow colours" round the outer edges of information and mind's eye, Wilson takes his readers on a trip, within the procedure bridging technology and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence―from our earliest inception to a provocative examine what the way forward for mankind portends.

Continuing his groundbreaking exam of our "Anthropocene Epoch," which he all started with The Social Conquest of Earth, defined via the New York Times as "a sweeping account of the human upward push to domination of the biosphere," right here Wilson posits that we, as a species, now understand adequate in regards to the universe and ourselves that we will be able to start to method questions about our position within the cosmos and the that means of clever lifestyles in a scientific, certainly, in a testable way.

Once criticized for a in basic terms mechanistic view of human lifestyles and an overreliance on genetic predetermination, Wilson provides in The which means of Human Existence his such a lot expansive and complicated theories at the sovereignty of human existence, spotting that, although the human and the spider developed equally, the poet's sonnet is utterly diversified from the spider's net. no matter if trying to explicate "The Riddle of the Human Species," "Free Will," or "Religion"; caution of "The cave in of Biodiversity"; or maybe making a believable "Portrait of E.T.," Wilson does certainly think that humanity holds a different place within the identified universe.

The human epoch that all started in organic evolution and handed into pre-, then recorded, background is now greater than ever prior to in our arms. but alarmed that we're approximately to desert typical choice by way of remodeling biology and human nature as we would like them, Wilson soberly concludes that advances in technology and know-how convey us our best ethical issue due to the fact that God stayed the hand of Abraham.

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