By Edward O. Wilson
National publication Award Finalist. How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on the planet? will we have a different position, even a future within the universe? the place are we going, and maybe, the main tricky query of all, "Why?"
In The which means of Human Existence, his so much philosophical paintings so far, Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with those and different existential questions, analyzing what makes humans supremely diversified from all different species. looking for that means in what Nietzsche as soon as known as "the rainbow shades" round the outer edges of information and mind's eye, Wilson takes his readers on a trip, within the procedure bridging technological know-how 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 started with The Social Conquest of Earth, defined by way of the New York Times as "a sweeping account of the human upward thrust to domination of the biosphere," the following Wilson posits that we, as a species, now understand adequate concerning the universe and ourselves that we will be able to start to procedure questions on our position within the cosmos and the that means of clever existence in a scientific, certainly, in a testable way.
Once criticized for a only mechanistic view of human existence and an overreliance on genetic predetermination, Wilson offers in The that means of Human Existence his so much expansive and complex theories at the sovereignty of human lifestyles, spotting that, although the human and the spider advanced equally, the poet's sonnet is entirely diverse from the spider's internet. no matter if trying to explicate "The Riddle of the Human Species," "Free Will," or "Religion"; caution of "The cave in of Biodiversity"; or perhaps making a believable "Portrait of E.T.," Wilson does certainly think that humanity holds a distinct place within the identified universe.
The human epoch that begun in organic evolution and handed into pre-, then recorded, historical past is now greater than ever earlier than in our arms. but alarmed that we're approximately to desert typical choice via remodeling biology and human nature as we would like them, Wilson soberly concludes that advances in technology and expertise deliver us our best ethical drawback in view that God stayed the hand of Abraham.