Life Is a Miracle: An Essay against Modern Superstition

Life Is a Miracle: An Essay against Modern Superstition

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by Wendell Berry
     
 


[A] scathing assessment…Berry shows that Wilson's much-celebrated, controversial pleas in Consilience to unify all branches of knowledge is nothing more than a fatuous subordination of religion, art, and everything else that is good to science…Berry is one of the most perceptive critics of American society writing today.-Lauren F. Winner, Washington Post… See more details below

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[A] scathing assessment…Berry shows that Wilson's much-celebrated, controversial pleas in Consilience to unify all branches of knowledge is nothing more than a fatuous subordination of religion, art, and everything else that is good to science…Berry is one of the most perceptive critics of American society writing today.-Lauren F. Winner, Washington Post Book WorldI am tempted to say he understands [Consilience] better than Wilson himself…A new emancipation proclamation in which he speaks again and again about how to defy the tyranny of scientific materialism.-Colin C. Campbell, Christian Science MonitorBerry takes a wrecking ball to E. O. Wilson's Consilience, reducing its smug assumptions regarding the fusion of science, art, and religion to so much rubble.-Kirkus ReviewsIn Life Is a Miracle, the devotion of science to the quantitative and reductionist world is measured against the mysterious, qualitative suggestions of religion and art. Berry sees life as the collision of these separate forces, but without all three in the mix we are left at sea in the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582431413
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
907,922
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

I. Ignorance3
II. Propriety13
III. On Edward O. Wilson's Consilience23
1. Materialism25
2. Materialism and Mystery27
3. Imperialism30
4. Reductionism38
5. Creatures as Machines46
6. Originality and the "Two Cultures"55
7. Progress Without Subtraction89
IV. Reduction and Religion93
V. Reduction and Art105
VI. A Conversation Out of School121
VII. Toward a Change of Standards129
VIII. Some Notes in Conclusion143

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