Consilience Author E. O. Wilson
ISBN-10 9780804154062
Release 2014-11-26
Pages 384
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"A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them." --The Wall Street Journal One of our greatest living scientists--and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for On Human Nature and The Ants--gives us a work of visionary importance that may be the crowning achievement of his career. In Consilience (a word that originally meant "jumping together"), Edward O. Wilson renews the Enlightenment's search for a unified theory of knowledge in disciplines that range from physics to biology, the social sciences and the humanities. Using the natural sciences as his model, Wilson forges dramatic links between fields. He explores the chemistry of the mind and the genetic bases of culture. He postulates the biological principles underlying works of art from cave-drawings to Lolita. Presenting the latest findings in prose of wonderful clarity and oratorical eloquence, and synthesizing it into a dazzling whole, Consilience is science in the path-clearing traditions of Newton, Einstein, and Richard Feynman.


Consilience Author Edward O. Wilson
ISBN-10 9780679768678
Release 1999
Pages 367
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An expert on sociobiology and biodiversity argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge in the face of the increasing fragmentation and specialization of knowledge over the past two centuries


Consilience Author Edward O. Wilson
ISBN-10 034911112X
Release 1999
Pages 374
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In this groundbreaking new book, one of the world's greatest living scientists argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge and the need to search for what he calls consilience, the composition of the principles governing every branch of learning. Edward O Wilson, the pioneer of sociobiology and biodiversity, once again breaks out of the conventions of current thinking. He shows how our explosive rise in intellectual mastery of the truths of our universe has its roots in the ancient Greek concept of an intrinsic orderliness that governs our cosmos. It is a vision that found its apogee in the Age of Enlightenment, then gradually was lost in the increasing fragmentation and specialisation of knowledge in the last two centuries. Professor Wilson shows why the goals of the original Enlightenment are surging back to life, why they are reappearing on the very frontiers of science and human scholarship, and how they are beginning to sketch themselves as the blueprint of our world.

A Consilience of Natural and Social Sciences

A Consilience of Natural and Social Sciences Author Henry Kellerman
ISBN-10 0984870075
Release 2014-05-10
Pages 372
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This book is a compilation of original foundational theories formulated over Dr. Kellerman?s more than fifty-year career, first as psychologist, then as psychoanalyst. Some of these theories were published in other sources reflecting phenomena both in the natural and social sciences. Included in theories of the social sciences are: the nightmare and its relation to personality; group structural analysis in relation to the shape/space of the group; revealing a code to unravel psychological symptoms; a treatise on a psycho/evolutionary perspective to the issue of God; and a theory of the basic algorithms of unconscious communication. Included in theories of the natural sciences are: possible ameliorative effects of vibration to the body cavities on Parkinsonian tremor symptoms, with implications for the revitalization of dopamine; and, a theoretical connection of basic emotions to DNA. Although at first glance these seven presentations may seem disparate in content, nevertheless one may find an underlying thematic strand ? regarding a particular basic emotion ? winding its way through all seven contributions. Therefore, this volume reflects another facet, another portrayal of the consilience ? the unity ? of natural and social sciences. Part 1. The structure of Nightmares: Relation to levels of personality. Part 2. Shapes of universes: Transformational shape of a diagnostically ideally composed group. Part 3. The basic emotions of DNA: An epigenetic bridge to the social sciences. Part 4. The code to unravel psychological symptoms: The 4 steps. Part 5. Early Parkinson?s disease and symptoms: References also to tardive dyskinesia, Tourette syndrome, and spasmodic dysphonia: An epigenetic theory of vocal-psycho/biological connection. Part 6. The discovery of God: A psycho/evolutionary perspective. Part 7. Unconscious communication: Its algorithm. Henry Kellerman, Ph.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst. His career has spanned more than 50 years doing work as an interpreter of personality. Having held staff positions and professorial appointments at several hospital and universities, he is also author and editor of 30 books and many scientific and clinical papers published in professional journals. Dr. Kellerman lives and practices in New York City.

Creating Consilience

Creating Consilience Author Edward Slingerland
ISBN-10 9780199794393
Release 2012-01-19
Pages 450
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Calls for a "consilient" or "vertically integrated" approach to the study of human mind and culture have, for the most part, been received by scholars in the humanities with either indifference or hostility. One reason for this is that consilience has often been framed as bringing the study of humanistic issues into line with the study of non-human phenomena, rather than as something to which humanists and scientists contribute equally. The other major reason that consilience has yet to catch on in the humanities is a dearth of compelling examples of the benefits of adopting a consilient approach. Creating Consilience is the product of a workshop that brought together internationally-renowned scholars from a variety of fields to address both of these issues. It includes representative pieces from workshop speakers and participants that examine how adopting such a consilient stance -- informed by cognitive science and grounded in evolutionary theory -- would concretely impact specific topics in the humanities, examining each topic in a manner that not only cuts across the humanities-natural science divide, but also across individual humanistic disciplines. By taking seriously the fact that science-humanities integration is a two-way exchange, this volume takes a new approach to bridging the cultures of science and the humanities. The editors and contributors formulate how to develop a new shared framework of consilience beyond mere interdisciplinarity, in a way that both sides can accept.

Achieving Consilience

Achieving Consilience Author Margherita Dore
ISBN-10 9781443891998
Release 2016-04-26
Pages 245
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At Master’s level, students in Translation Studies may choose to complete their course by compiling a dissertation by commentary. Such projects involve detailed discussions of the strategies and procedures that students opt for when translating a source text of their choice (be it literary, audiovisual, or technical). However, the vast majority of these dissertations by commentary usually remain stored in university libraries. Achieving Consilience: Translation Theories and Practice brings to the fore the theoretical and practical potential of these dissertations by commentary. It demonstrates how theories in Translation Studies can be fruitfully, consciously and systematically applied during the translation practice, thus helping to transcend the received wisdom according to which theorists and practitioners share little common ground. Additionally, the contributors to this volume evince their ability to apply a research-driven approach to their analysis by comparing their work with official translations or other field-related texts. As such, this essay collection will contribute to a better understanding of the translator’s decision-making process, and will offer future students valuable guidelines regarding the procedure normally followed in completing a dissertation by commentary.

Toward Consilience

Toward Consilience Author Gerald A. Cory Jr.
ISBN-10 9781461542711
Release 2012-12-06
Pages 294
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The present work is the second in a series constituting an extension of my doctoral thesis done at Stanford in the early 1970s. Like the earlier work, The Reciprocal Modular Brain in Economics and Politics, Shaping the Rational and Moral Basis ofOrganization, Exchange, and Choice (Plenum Publishing, 1999), it may also be considered to respond to the call for consilience by Edward O. Wilson. I agree with Wilson that there is a pressing need in the sciences today for the unification of the social with the natural sciences. I consider the present work to proceed from the perspective of behavioral ecology, specifically a subfield which I choose to call interpersonal behavioral ecology th Ecology, as a general field, has emerged in the last quarter of the 20 century as a major theme of concern as we have become increasingly aware that we must preserve the planet whose limited resources we share with all other earthly creatures. Interpersonal behavioral ecology, however, focuses not on the physical environment, but upon our social environment. It concerns our interpersonal behavioral interactions at all levels, from simple dyadic one-to-one personal interactions to our larger, even global, social, economic, and political interactions.

Experiments in Consilience

Experiments in Consilience Author Frances Westley
ISBN-10 1610910699
Release 2013-05-10
Pages 328
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In his 1998 book Consilience, E.O. Wilson set forth the idea that integrating knowledge and insights from across the spectrum of human study -- the humanities, social science, and natural sciences -- is the key to solving complex environmental and social problems. Experiments in Consilience tells the unique story of a pathbreaking effort to apply this theoretical construct in a real-world setting.The book describes the work of the Biodiversity Research Network, a team of experts from the United States and Canada brought together to build interdisciplinary connections and stimulate an exchange of expertise. Team members sought to understand the ecology and population dynamics of key species in particular ecosystems, to understand the impact of human populations on those species and ecosystems, and to develop tools and processes for involving a greater variety of stakeholders in conservation efforts.In order to keep the experiment grounded, the network focused on a single type of conservation planning workshop run by a single organization -- the Population and Habitat Viability Assessment Workshop (PHVA) of the IUCN-sponsored Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG). The book combines sections on the theoretical underpinnings of relevant concepts in population biology, simulation modeling, and social science with detailed descriptions of six PHVA workshops conducted on different species across four continents. A concluding chapter examines the lessons learned, which have application to both theory and practice, including reflections on interdisciplinarity, integrated risk assessment, and future directions for research and action. Through the combination of theory and application, combined with frank discussions of what the research network learned -- including both successes and failures -- the book offers fresh ideas on how to improve on-the-ground conservation decisionmaking. Experiments in Consilience offers a one-of-a-kind overview and introduction to the challenges of cross-disciplinary analysis as well as cross-functional, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral action. It centers on the problem of conserving endangered species while telling the story of a new form of organizing for effective risk assessment, recommendation, and action.

the spiral consilience

the spiral consilience Author oudeís
ISBN-10 9781541059979
Release 2016-12-16
Pages 78
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This chapbook starts by directly addressing humankind’s connection to the vastness of outer space, and sets forth the premise that death (as a permanent state of being) is of the same substance, or soul, as whatever exists outside of the Universe. It then veers off on a tangent into stranger territory, and talks of unnamed worlds, without life yet possessed by some unliving, sentient force, whose spheres have drifted to the most distant regions of outer space; or, more properly, into the nothingness that reigns illimitably outside of space, where it has been speculated that no laws of nature can exist. Gigantic, otherworldly graves abound in rhyming descriptions of lifeless geographies. Monuments, catacombs and buildings, all deserted and of unknown origin, are lyrically narrated into existence deep beneath the surface of the Earth, as well as on and under the surfaces of distant asteroids. Alien cenotaphs resembling something Hugh Ferriss might have sketched from a fever dream are articulated through regular, metered verse. A sinister thread connecting all these massive structures with the aforementioned sentient force, which we are told holds all life and death in its grip, runs through the poems. Hymns to the universe in all its barrenness are juxtaposed with landscapes of horror, all elegantly unscrolled in lurid poetics that are made all the more disturbing by their intentional symmetry. The final poem seems to be a negation of itself, plus all of the other poems in the volume. The book ends with several prose statements of a negative nature concerning the fate of humanity in the Universe. “Odysseus, in Homer’s Odyssey, plays upon his name—Ou-déis/Ou-tis meaning no-one/no-thing—in order, through nomenclatural disorder (or rather: division, divergence), to outwit and outwitness the Cyclops, a creature of singular vision and ultimately also of unbounded blindness. Oudeís, in the spiral consilience, sings a similar siren-song and sets out on a similar voyage, albeit one over the course of which the Ulyssean body, in turn, makes a rather mèticulous U-turn and turns out to be a Mètic Mœbius itself (the Mètic Mœbius stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Masters, Doctors and Readers). “Time left no corpse but infinite space”: here, in the first words of the spiral consilence, the corpus—the collated collection qua bound book—corporealises out of an excised yet all-the-more exquisite corpse. This excision is, precisely, an exacting and enacted kenosis: an open negation that finds affirmation on the very next page and then onward, on and on, from siren-song to siren-song—void vocalisation to vocalised void—to the ever-approaching parousia/ousia beyond the vale of the valley of death/revival/regression/recision-and-reclamation. The recitations herein—the{ir} excisions, recisions, and incantatory reclamations—are those of a rabid iconovore, and each of its devoured figures or forms informs in its deformation and in its devouring the various epitaphs (or rather, chronotaphs: there where time left no corpse but infinite space) of an incomplete whole, of an ongoing hole-complex, full of cross-cutting tunnels as vast as The Great Wall of China: there where they are digging The Pit of Babel qua Garden of Forking Paths (pace Borges and Kafka). Oudeís, in the spiral consilience, engraves in each chronotaph-epitaph—each poetic page—the gist and the widening/planet-wide gyre of the grave-digger, but a grave-digger set adrift on the seas, digging into the tides of today with the oar of Odysseus: that oar of {y}ore which turns out (in yet another Ulyssean U-turn) to be a Golden Rod or Rod of Divination, singing in its Sea-Slicing qua Dowsing-of-the Deep the siren-song of Wor{l}dly Icons and Other Conjurations.” —Dan Mellamphy “If God is the tangential point between zero and infinity, the spiral consilience is a reverberant long playing black work of telepathic theology.” — Doktor Faustroll, author of An Ephemeral Exegesis on Crystalline Ebrasions “My reading of the poems in this book has only confirmed once again that I can no longer respond in any meaningful or robust way to written literature. At this point in my life, I can react only to watching or listening to performances of writing, something that no doubt sounds strange and even pathological to others. Nevertheless it, this is how it is for me. Even my old favorites no longer provoke the interest and emotion they once did. I deeply regret this condition of limitation. I might describe this condition as one of literary anhedonia, likening it to the better known experience of musical anhedonia, from which I also suffer and which I realize is not comprehensible to the majority of individuals. Thus, I must apologize for my inability to offer a blurb to what may very well be a fine book.” —Thomas Ligotti

Consilience and Innovation in Design

Consilience and Innovation in Design Author
ISBN-10 4998077635
Release 2013
Pages 104
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Consilience and Innovation in Design has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Consilience and Innovation in Design also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Consilience and Innovation in Design book for free.

Consilience and Life History Theory From Reproductive Strategy to Self Regulation to Antagonistic Attitudes and Behaviors

Consilience and Life History Theory  From Reproductive Strategy to Self Regulation to Antagonistic Attitudes and Behaviors Author Christopher Jonah Wenner
ISBN-10 OCLC:752261006
Release 2010
Pages 534
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The research described here examines individual differences in Life History (LH) strategy, antagonistic social attitudes/behaviors (e.g., social deviance), and self-regulation in adolescents and young adults from community and university populations. The primary hypotheses were that (1) LH strategy and self-regulation abilities are positively associated, (2) LH strategy and antagonistic attitudes/behaviors are negatively associated, (3) self-regulation mediates the relations between LH strategy and antagonistic attitudes/behaviors, (4) antagonistic attitudes and antagonistic behaviors are positively but moderately associated, (5) and that self-reported self-regulation and neuropsychological test scores of self-regulation correlate positively. The first four predictions were supported; the fifth prediction was not. The current research contributes to our understanding of self-regulation's role within LH strategies and antagonistic attitudes/behaviors. Further, the identified near-orthogonality of neuropsychological test scores and self-report scores of self-regulation ought to be of interest to clinical science.

Seeing New Worlds

Seeing New Worlds Author Laura Dassow Walls
ISBN-10 IND:30000001718679
Release 1992
Pages 664
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Seeing New Worlds has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Seeing New Worlds also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Seeing New Worlds book for free.

Consilience in Social Work

Consilience in Social Work Author Bill Anscombe
ISBN-10 OCLC:894184564
Release 2009
Pages 447
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"This thesis is oriented towards social work practice and the inter-relationship of thinking, doing and being. The thesis seeks to apply the concept of consilience to social work by considering the importance of thinking and doing and the use of being (self) in actual practice. Drawing on professional social work practice, secondary data, critical life experiences and critical reflections on them, a model of social work practice is developed and the using a post-facto relective approach as a methodology, the model is trialled across five major areas of social work - individual/family work, group work, community work, social work research and social work leadership/management/administration."--Abstract.

The Design Matrix

The Design Matrix Author Mike Gene
ISBN-10 0978631404
Release 2007-11-01
Pages 295
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Mike Gene, a highly regarded voice in the evolution and design debates and well known for his fair and balanced treatment of the issues, has written a timely and powerful book of interest to scientists, college students, lay readers or anyone who has wrestled with the continuing and controversial debate between evolution and intelligent design. His eagerly awaited new book, The Design Matrix: A Consilience of Clues, presents a fresh, new and exciting approach in this otherwise polarized debate. Organized into four sections, the first section of this book guides the reader through the basic argument of intelligent design. The second section documents clues from recent scientific research, revealing many pieces in the puzzle of design, while the third section explores the various relational elements between evolution and design. The fourth and central section outlines and explains a methodology that can be used to evaluate the case for design and therefore offers a way to better evaluate the arguments from both sides. Mike Gene's original and insightful analysis makes this book an especially valuable contribution to this wide ranging and ongoing discussion. The Design Matrix: A Consilience of Clues is completely unlike any other book on evolution and intelligent design you will ever read. It is truly the beginning of a journey.

Historical Pragmatics

Historical Pragmatics Author Robert E. Butts
ISBN-10 9789401581882
Release 2013-04-17
Pages 370
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For 35 years, the critical and creative writings of Robert E. Butts have been a notable and welcome part of European and North American philosophy. A few years ago, James Robert Brown and Jiirgen Mittelstrass feted Professor Butts with a volume entitled An Intimate Relation (Boston Studies vol. 116, 1989), essays by twenty-six philosophers and historians of the sciences. And that joining of philosophers and historians was impressive evidence of the 'intimate relation' between historical illumination and philosophical understanding which is characteristic of Butts throughout his work. Not alone, Butts has been, and is, one of this generation's most incisive thinkers, devoted to responsible textual scholarship and equally responsible imaginative interpretation. Brown and Mittelstrass said that "throughout his writings, science, its philosophy, and its history have been treated as a seamless web", and I would add only that philosophy per se is a part of the web too. Here in this book before us are the results, a lovely collection from the work of Robert Butts, who is for so many of his colleagues, students and readers, Mr. HPS, the model philosophical historian and historical philosopher of the sciences. July 1993 Robert S. Cohen Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University TABLE OF CONTENTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE IX INTRODUCTION Xl PART I EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 1 1. Some tactics in Galileo's propaganda for the mathematization of scientific experience 3 2.

Doing Without Adam and Eve

Doing Without Adam and Eve Author Patricia A. Williams
ISBN-10 1451415435
Release 2001-06-19
Pages 248
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In this provocative new addition to the Theology and the Sciences series, Patricia Williams assays the original sin doctrine with a scientific lens and, based on sociobiology, offers an alternative Christian account of human nature's foibles and future. Focusing on the Genesis 2 and 3 account, Williams shows how its "historical" interpretation in early Christianity not only misread the text but derived an idea of being human profoundly at odds with experience and contemporary science. After gauging Christianity's several competing notions of human nature -- Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox -- against contemporary biology, Williams turns to sociobiological accounts of the evolution of human dispositions toward reciprocity and limited cooperation as a source of human good and evil. From this vantage point she offers new interpretations of evil, sin, and the Christian doctrine of atonement. Williams's work, frank in its assessment of traditional misunderstandings, challenges theologians and all Christians to reassess the roots and branches of this linchpin doctrine.

Measuring and Reasoning

Measuring and Reasoning Author Fred L. Bookstein
ISBN-10 9781107729209
Release 2014-02-28
Pages 544
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In Measuring and Reasoning, Fred L. Bookstein examines the way ordinary arithmetic and numerical patterns are translated into scientific understanding, showing how the process relies on two carefully managed forms of argument: • Abduction: the generation of new hypotheses to accord with findings that were surprising on previous hypotheses, and • Consilience: the confirmation of numerical pattern claims by analogous findings at other levels of measurement. These profound principles include an understanding of the role of arithmetic and, more importantly, of how numerical patterns found in one study can relate to numbers found in others. More than 200 figures and diagrams illuminate the text. The book can be read with profit by any student of the empirical nature or social sciences and by anyone concerned with how scientists persuade those of us who are not scientists why we should credit the most important claims about scientific facts or theories.