May 03, 2010

Why do Humanists Hate Vertical Integration?

Edward Slingerland, University of British Columbia Department of Asian Studies, Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition

Calls to "vertically integrate" (Tooby & Cosmides) or achieve "consilience" (E.O. Wilson) between the sciences and the humanities have, for the most part, been received with a great deal of hostility by humanists. This talk explores some of the reasons--good, bad, and unavoidable--for this hostility, and sketches an outline of what might profitably be called a "second wave" of consilience, one that would help to bring about a more amicable relationship between the "two cultures."

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