>materialism can't explain what consciousness is.
But it's working on it, while the 'other' half of your dualism is still working on definitions of 'is'....
Consilience, first and foremost, is an attempt to erase all vestiges of this false dualism, which no longer needs to be maintained, and, indeed, needs to be "scuttled and left rotting on the shore."
And Wilson will also agree with you about the paths determined by this dualism- they have proven to be good ones to follow, up 'til now. There are too many things to consiliate now to ignore or to stay to either side, insisting that strong fences make good neighbors. In science, as in all natural things, there are no borders.
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