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Consilience by Edward O. Wilson
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Feb 19, 12


I am a great admirer of E.O. Wilson, especially in his battles with Gould and his toadies. Consilience is an attempt to unite science with social studies and the arts. Wilson is very erudite and he writes beautifully. There are a lot of ideas rushing through these pages. Unfortunately, I don’t enjoy the book. It is just TOO much and too long winded. The days are long past when a Renaissance man can know everything to know. We can hope for some unifying principles, but we are not ready for them yet. Wilson thinks that cultural memes have some genetic predisposition, but environmental factors are far too complex to understand the rules of culture and human interaction. So ... nice try ... but this is a lot of work for little novel understanding.
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