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Scientists out in left field, terribly sorry//How Things Hang Together | Articles | Inference: International Review of Science

April 10th, 2017 · No Comments

This cheery account (book/review) would seem (I don’t have the book) to misunderstand the failure of science to really grapple with evolution, history, psychology, and sociology. Science has not reached these fields in the way it has with chemistry, genetics, etc…To cite Wilson’s sociobiology as relevant to this question exposes the unreality of scientists are they confront a level of life and cosmos that is not prefigured in physics fundamentalism…

Watson’s chapter on “Big History” is even more interesting. Carefully and imaginatively, he traces several lines of evidence, including myths, archaeological artifacts, paleogenetics, linguistics, and astronomy, to deduce a convincing story of the origins and early migrations of Homo sapiens. His surprising (to me, at least) conclusion is that “for approximately 16,500 years—from 15,000 BC to AD 1,500, 640 generations—there were two populations of people in the world who, insofar as we know, were unaware of each other.”14 In other words, civilization evolved twice. By contrast, and a little anticlimactically, a chapter on sociobiology and evolution covers mostly familiar ground. It falls short, at any rate, of establishing Watson’s claim that Jacques Monod’s Chance and Necessity (1970) and Edward O. Wilson’s Sociobiology (1975) mark “the watershed moment when the coming together—the convergence—of the sciences achieves such resonance that science itself becomes the basis for comprehending other forms of knowledge. [emphasis original]”15

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