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The meaning of human existence

by Wilson, Edward O. (Author)

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In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson examines what makes human beings supremely different from all other species and posits that we, as a species, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin t... Full description

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Table of 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. Other worlds: 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.
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