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The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    I am still reading this book and enjoying it much. So far, this

    I am still reading this book and enjoying it much. So far, this has not been too technical from philosophical point of view. He does do a pretty good job of explaining how the anti-religious are basically appealing to a religious basis for their brand of scientism. And White goes on to show that this so-called new atheism is not only anti-religious but anti-humanities. The new atheism is attempting to hijack humanities appreciation of humanity. Other review have said White rambles. I don't think so, unless repeating oneself in different ways is rambling. I think it helps for getting the point made. 
    What is most beneficial is that White recognizes that appeals to science are not appeals to the most holy grail of truth. There is value in being alive beyond a biological yearning expressed in the imaginations of culture. If there is not, then placing so-called science as the supreme value is itself a contradiction. This is easily recognized in philosophical cirlces. But when you have some emotively deprived scientist dismiss philosophy as passe (see chap 1) there is a complete dismissal of seeking truth. 

    The problem with science as a religion is that personhood is only treated in the third person, as a thing, as perhaps a necessary evolutionary survival illusion. Real meaning and value, even though conceptually possible are simply necessary figments of the human imagination.  
    White does well in attacking this position. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    I loved it. More than just a critique of writers like Dawkins or

    I loved it. More than just a critique of writers like Dawkins or Lehrer, this book points toward the alienation of the Romantics as a way forward. I passed my copy around once I was through.

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