By Edward O. Wilson
National publication Award Finalist. How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist in the world? can we have a distinct position, even a future within the universe? the place are we going, and maybe, the main tricky query of all, "Why?"
In The that means of Human Existence, his such a lot philosophical paintings up to now, Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with those and different existential questions, reading what makes people supremely various 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 method 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 started with The Social Conquest of Earth, defined by way of 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 comprehend sufficient in regards to the universe and ourselves that we will start to procedure questions about our position within the cosmos and the that means of clever existence in a scientific, certainly, in a testable way.
Once criticized for a merely mechanistic view of human lifestyles and an overreliance on genetic predetermination, Wilson provides in The which means of Human Existence his so much expansive and complicated theories at the sovereignty of human existence, spotting that, although the human and the spider advanced equally, the poet's sonnet is completely diverse 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 perhaps making a believable "Portrait of E.T.," Wilson does certainly think that humanity holds a distinct place within the recognized universe.
The human epoch that started in organic evolution and handed into pre-, then recorded, heritage is now greater than ever sooner than in our arms. but alarmed that we're approximately to desert usual choice by means of remodeling biology and human nature as we want them, Wilson soberly concludes that advances in technological know-how and know-how convey us our best ethical trouble due to the fact God stayed the hand of Abraham.