Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion

Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion

by Stuart A. Kauffman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465018882

ISBN-13: 9780465018888

Pub. Date: 02/23/2010

Publisher: Basic Books


Consider the complexity of a living cell after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it more awesome to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned the cell at a stroke, or to realize that it evolved with no Almighty Hand, but arose on its own in the changing biosphere?

In this bold and fresh look at science and religion, complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman argues

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Consider the complexity of a living cell after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it more awesome to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned the cell at a stroke, or to realize that it evolved with no Almighty Hand, but arose on its own in the changing biosphere?

In this bold and fresh look at science and religion, complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman argues that the qualities of divinity that we revere—creativity, meaning, purposeful action—are properties of the universe that can be investigated methodically. He offers stunning evidence for this idea in an abundance of fields, from cell biology to the philosophy of mind, and uses it to find common ground between belief systems often at odds with one another.

A daring and ambitious argument for a new understanding of natural divinity, Reinventing the Sacred challenges readers both scientifically and philosophically.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465018888
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
347,885
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1 Beyond reductionism 1

2 Reductionism 10

3 The physicists rebel 19

4 The nonreducibility of biology to physics 31

5 The origin of life 44

6 Agency, value, and meaning 72

7 The cycle of work 88

8 Order for free 101

9 The nonergodic universe 120

10 Breaking the Galilean spell 129

11 The evolution of the economy 150

12 Mind 177

13 The quantum brain? 197

14 Living into mystery 230

15 The two cultures 246

16 Broken bones 255

17 Ethics evolving 259

18 A global ethic 273

19 God and reinventing the sacred 281

Acknowledgments 289

Notes 291

Bibliography 305

Index 307

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