By Edward O. Wilson
National ebook Award Finalist. How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on the planet? will we have a unique 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 which 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 through the New York Times as "a sweeping account of the human upward push to domination of the biosphere," the following Wilson posits that we, as a species, now be aware of adequate concerning the universe and ourselves that we will be able to start to strategy questions on our position within the cosmos and the that means of clever lifestyles in a scientific, certainly, in a testable way.
Once criticized for a simply mechanistic view of human existence and an overreliance on genetic predetermination, Wilson provides in The that means of Human Existence his such a lot expansive and complex theories at the sovereignty of human existence, spotting that, even supposing the human and the spider advanced equally, the poet's sonnet is entirely diverse from the spider's net. even 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 unique place within the recognized universe.
The human epoch that all started in organic evolution and handed into pre-, then recorded, background is now greater than ever ahead of in our arms. but alarmed that we're approximately to desert traditional choice via remodeling biology and human nature as we want them, Wilson soberly concludes that advances in technological know-how and know-how deliver us our best ethical obstacle when you consider that God stayed the hand of Abraham.