Analysis Of E. O. Wilson's Consilience And Life

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Wilson stated that “the love of complexity without reductionism makes art; the love of complexity with reductionism makes science.” While Consilience and Life is a Miracle converse over the idea of unifying knowledge and the practicality of it, they each have an obvious standpoint on the topic and it is linked to the study of how the universe was created and the theories surrounding creation. E. O. Wilson takes a unique vantage point as a scientist and Wendell Berry does the same from the opposite side, as a writer. Bryson’s Short History of Nearly Everything and our conversations in breakout over the topic of where humanity and the universe came from combining the humanities with the sciences. Wilson believes that ultimate consilience between …show more content…
Berry does concede that the disciplines together are useful and provide insight into the unknown, but he does not believe that there should be complete consilience. This is due to the fact that he does not want the humanities to be consumed by science. Science and the amount of knowledge has caused a sort of taxation without representation on future generations. These unborn generations cannot contribute to the costs that modern science is pushing onto them in the name of innovation. This rush towards knowledge is perpetuated because there is no second place for scientific discoveries. The humanities are becoming more obsolete because they are not as appealing to the workforce, as well as there are not new discoveries happening as often. Berry is upset with the fact that the economy is moving towards a “total economy” in which everything is seen as a commodity, even life. When life is viewed as such, corporations can put a price on it and can justify their research numerically. This price is what is causing dissension between the humanities and

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