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Author Wilson, Edward O., author.

Title The meaning of human existence / Edward O. Wilson.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
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 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  128 WIL    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  128 WIL    DUE 08-08-20 BILLED
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Description 207 pages ; 22 cm
Summary 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.
Note Includes index.
Contents 1. The reason we exist: The meaning of meaning -- Solving the riddle of the human species -- Evolution and our inner conflict -- 2. The unity of knowledge: The new enlightenment -- The all-importance of the humanities -- The driving force of social evolution -- 3. Humanity lost in a pheromone world -- The superorganisms -- Why microbes rule the galaxy -- A portrait of E.T. -- The collapse of biodiversity -- 4. Idols of the mind: Instinct -- Religion -- Free will -- 5. A human future: Alone and free in the universe.
Subject Philosophical anthropology.
ISBN 9780871401007
0871401002
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