Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge - The Natural Sciences Summary & Analysis

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The Natural Sciences Summary and Analysis

The Enlightenment rightfully believed that science allows for understanding physical reality. Humans know that their vision is incapable of seeing the world in its true state, as human retina registers only 400-700 nanometres. Animals perceive the world outside of our spectrum. Our limitations can be conquered by science that can expand our senses, giving us greater auditory range, where we can communicate even with electric fish through generators and detectors.

All signals in the environment can be picked up by some species. Human physical capability is limited to the most necessary devices to survive, filling the appropriate niche, and maximizing only its fitness, but nothing beyond. Some questions such as the capabilities of mind remain unanswered. It is through these mind qualities, such as curiosity and creative drive that humans attain the techno-scientific age in three centuries...

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