The Science Delusion

The Science Delusion

Asking the Big Questions in A Culture of Easy Answers

eBook - 2013
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One of our most brilliant social critics--author of the bestselling The Middle Mind --presents a scathing critique of the "delusions" of science alongside a rousing defense of the tradition of Romanticism and the "big" questions.

With the rise of religion critics such as Richard Dawkins, and of pseudo-science advocates such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer, you're likely to become a subject of ridicule if you wonder "Why is there something instead of nothing?" or "What is our purpose on earth?" Instead, at universities around the world, and in the general cultural milieu, we're all being taught that science can resolve all questions without the help of philosophy, politics, or the humanities.

In short, the rich philosophical debates of the 19th century have been nearly totally abandoned, argues critic Curtis White. An atheist himself, White nonetheless calls this new turn "scientism"--and fears what it will do to our culture if allowed to flourish without challenge. In fact, in "scientism" White sees a new religion with many unexamined assumptions.

In this brilliant multi-part critique, he aims at a TED talk by a distinguished neuroscientist in which we are told that human thought is merely the product of our "connectome," a map of neural connections in the brain that is yet to be fully understood. . . . He whips a widely respected physicist who argues that our new understanding of the origins of the universe obviates any philosophical inquiry . . . and ends with a learned defense of the tradition of Romanticism, which White believes our technology and science-obsessed world desperately needs to rediscover.

It's the only way, he argues, that we can see our world clearly. . . and change it.
Publisher: New York : Melville House, 2013
ISBN: 9781612192017
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Samsung Feb 07, 2014

Can science do humanistic research? What should we do when scientists step squarely outside the realm of empirical research and publish what are essentially opinions on the purpose of science, the purpose of the humanities, and the meaning of life? What do we make of the situation when scientists tell us the research will lead us to such and such a result, but the evidence is actually yet to come? This book respects the work of science but only when science sticks to its proper empirical methods.

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Jan 16, 2014

Review: http://www.salon.com/2013/07/06/god_is_not_great_christopher_hitchens_is_not_a_liar/

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