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人類的起源為何?地球上為何有像我們這樣的生物?我們的地位有何特殊之處?未來如何?在宇宙史中有一席之地嗎?還有終極大哉問:為什麼人會存在?本書要帶你一起思考生而為人的種種問題。

愛德華‧威爾森(Edward O. Wilson)是在世的生物學家中數一數二的人物,在本書中他的確會從史前時代、演化生物學、認知科學、神經科學等角度切入,但更難能可貴的是,他認可人文學科的重要,書中不乏人文、社會學的觀點,並帶入個人的哲思。他也試圖讓科學與人文彼此對話,在探討「自由意志」以及「宗教」這類看似及其人文社科的議題時,提供生物學的可能解釋,而他對於「生物多樣性崩毀」的警告,又充滿了人文的關懷。

人類從史前時代走到今天,演化的重要無庸置疑,隨著人類科技越來越發達,我們也逐漸覺得歷史掌握在自己手中。但我們現在是否已經能拋棄自然演化,完全的掌握生物科學以及人類的天性,並且隨心所欲加以創造呢?又或者如威爾森所說,科技越是發達,人類要面臨的道德兩難就越大?

愛德華‧威爾森是世界一流的生物學家及博物學家,著有20多本書,包括《The Creation》、《The Social Conquest of Earth》還有《給青年科學家的信》(Letters to a Young Scientist)等。他是哈佛大學的榮譽教授,並曾兩度獲得普立茲獎,現居美國麻州。        

In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions, examining what makes human beings supremely different from all other species. Searching for meaning in what Nietzsche once called "the rainbow colors" around the outer edges of knowledge and imagination, Wilson takes his readers on a journey, in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence-from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends. Continuing his groundbreaking examination of our "Anthropocene Epoch," which he began with The Social Conquest of Earth, described by the New York Times as "a sweeping account of the human rise to domination of the biosphere," here Wilson posits that we, as a species, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of intelligent life in a systematic, indeed, in a testable way. Once criticized for a purely mechanistic view of human life and an overreliance on genetic predetermination, Wilson presents in The Meaning of Human Existence his most expansive and advanced theories on the sovereignty of human life, recognizing that, even though the human and the spider evolved similarly, the poet's sonnet is wholly different from the spider's web. Whether attempting to explicate "The Riddle of the Human Species," "Free Will," or "Religion"; warning of "The Collapse of Biodiversity"; or even creating a plausible "Portrait of E.T.," Wilson does indeed believe that humanity holds a special position in the known universe. The human epoch that began in biological evolution and passed into pre-, then recorded, history is now more than ever before in our hands. Yet alarmed that we are about to abandon natural selection by redesigning biology and human nature as we wish them, Wilson soberly concludes that advances in science and technology bring us our greatest moral dilemma since God stayed the hand of Abraham.







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誠品26碼 /2681004683000
ISBN 13 /9781631491146
ISBN 10 /1631491148
EAN /9781631491146

頁數208
裝訂平裝
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語言英文
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