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Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE Volume 92 February 1999 JOURNAL OF The first derives from the belief in mechanism science. Book of the month i.e. that all natural phenomena including products of the human mind belong to the material universe. The second is Consilience: The Unity of represented by the reductionist position and is dependent Knowledge upon the truth of the first but does not necessarily follow 0 from it. According to this view, the behaviour of complex When the red harvester ant is threatened, nestmates rush to systems such as the human mind and human society is no 0 its assistance. The message is a chemical one. Distress is more than the sum of the activities of its constituent in of the communicated and help summoned by the potential victim biological processes, which are turn the outcome ejecting a tiny cocktail of alkanes and terpenoids. Professor basic laws of physics and chemistry. Identifying these will allow the E 0 Wilson, who made this discovery, is a distinguished fundamental laws and processes therefore zoologist whose writings have twice been awarded Pulitzer definition and prediction of these phenomena. have been in retreat for Prizes. His interests extend far beyond entomology, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine SAGE

Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine , Volume 92 (2): 2 – Feb 1, 1999

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SAGE
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© 1999 The Royal Society of Medicine
ISSN
0141-0768
eISSN
1758-1095
DOI
10.1177/014107689909200218
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THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE Volume 92 February 1999 JOURNAL OF The first derives from the belief in mechanism science. Book of the month i.e. that all natural phenomena including products of the human mind belong to the material universe. The second is Consilience: The Unity of represented by the reductionist position and is dependent Knowledge upon the truth of the first but does not necessarily follow 0 from it. According to this view, the behaviour of complex When the red harvester ant is threatened, nestmates rush to systems such as the human mind and human society is no 0 its assistance. The message is a chemical one. Distress is more than the sum of the activities of its constituent in of the communicated and help summoned by the potential victim biological processes, which are turn the outcome ejecting a tiny cocktail of alkanes and terpenoids. Professor basic laws of physics and chemistry. Identifying these will allow the E 0 Wilson, who made this discovery, is a distinguished fundamental laws and processes therefore zoologist whose writings have twice been awarded Pulitzer definition and prediction of these phenomena. have been in retreat for Prizes. His interests extend far beyond entomology,

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Published: Feb 1, 1999

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