Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge - The Ionian Enchantment Summary & Analysis

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The Ionian Enchantment Summary and Analysis

Wilson develops the idea of unified learning when gaining insight into nature during his science studies. His view of the classification of species as connected with evolution is influenced by Linnaeus, who classifies animals and species into groups, families, orders and kingdoms. This ordering reminds one of the way armies are organized with platoons, armed services heading armies, and with chiefs of staff at the top.

Evolution allows for perceiving the world in a new way, and changes the classification of animals. Biological classification is based on Systematics and the Origin of Species. Belief in the unity of species that follows certain order along with a few simple laws is in accordance with the speculations of Thales of Miletus in Ionia, who thought that the world has a material basis, wherein all matter consists of water that...

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