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By Edward O. Wilson, Robert Hass

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“Enchanting. . . . The Poetic Species is a superb learn in its entirety, brief but infinitely simulating.” —MARIA POPOVA, Brain Pickings

In this shimmering dialog (the outgrowth of an occasion co-sponsored via the yank Museum of common heritage and Poets House), Edward O. Wilson, popular scientist and proponent of “consilience” or the cohesion of information, reveals an ardent interlocutor in Robert Hass, whose credo as usa poet laureate used to be “imagination makes communities.” As they discover the various ways in which poetry and technological know-how increase one another, they commute from anthills to historic Egypt and to the heights and depths of human power. A testomony to how technology and the humanities can sign up for forces to coach and encourage, this publication can be a passionate plea for conservation of the entire planet’s species.

Edward O. Wilson, a biologist, naturalist, and bestselling writer, has obtained greater than a hundred awards from all over the world, together with the Pulitzer Prize. A professor emeritus at Harvard college, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Robert Hass’ poetry is rooted within the landscapes of his local northern California. He has been offered the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award (twice), the Pulitzer Prize, and the nationwide e-book Award. he's a professor of English at collage of California-Berkeley.

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No a part of this book should be reproduced or transmitted in any shape or in any way, digital or mechanical, together with photocopy, recording, or any details garage and retrieval method referred to now or to be invented, with no permission in writing from the writer, other than by way of a reviewer who needs to cite short passages in reference to a print, on-line, or broadcast assessment. Bellevue Literary Press wish to thank all its beneficiant donors—individuals and foundations—for their aid. This book is made attainable by means of gives you from: the hot York nation Council at the Arts with the aid of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the recent York nation Legislature ebook layout and composition by means of Mulberry Tree Press, Inc. published on 30% post-consumer recycled paper. FIRST version 135798642 ISBN: 978-1-934137-73-4 The measure to which we're all focused on the regulate of the earth’s existence is simply commencing to sunrise on such a lot folks, and it ability one other revolution for human concept. —Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a phone, 1974 The Poetic Species a talk with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass Contents Foreword Bibliography The Poetic Species Appendix The Fish Acknowledgments concerning the Authors FOREWORD O allow them to be left, wildness and rainy; lengthy stay the weeds and the wasteland but. Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Inversnaid” EDWARD O. WILSON has referred to as Homo sapiens the poetic species simply because our cognitive infrastructure depends on analogy and associative pondering. because the longtime director of Poets condo, a sixty-thousand-volume, open-access poetry library and a spot for the poetic species to encounter—well, poetry—I was once fascinated about Wilson’s research. So Poets condo queried the yank Museum of common heritage approximately convening a night to discover intersections among poetry and technological know-how, hoping to create a public discussion among scientist Edward O. Wilson and previous US poet laureate Robert Hass. The dialog, from which this publication initially took form, happened on December 6, 2012, on the museum. Wilson is among the nice box biologists of our time. along with his foreign stature as an entomologist and as a philosopher concerning the implications of evolution, his ratings of books meant for a basic viewers have invited the general public right into a discussion concerning the ardour and creativity of medical inquiry. Hass is a poet, student, and philosopher of flexibility and achieve, with a lifelong dedication to environmental concerns. either care deeply concerning the way forward for existence on the earth. one of many percentages for alternate among those awesome writers needed to do with the proximity among the language of technological know-how and literature. How are either rooted in remark and articulation? what's the promise of consilience? The dialog took excitement in numerous overlapping habitats of mind's eye and articulation; conservation and evolution. yet finally it established a shared feel of urgency. Human habit is altering the dwelling global. we now have come to a second of environmental quandary with profound implications for our personal species and for the planet we percentage with different kinds of existence.

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