Science and Nonbelief

Science and Nonbelief

by Taner Edis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0313330786

ISBN-13: 9780313330780

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Can science and religious belief co-exist? Many people— including many practicing scientists—insist that one can simultaneously follow the principles of the scientific method and believe in a particular spiritual tradition. But throughout history there have been people for whom science challenged the very validity of religious belief. Whether called

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Can science and religious belief co-exist? Many people— including many practicing scientists—insist that one can simultaneously follow the principles of the scientific method and believe in a particular spiritual tradition. But throughout history there have been people for whom science challenged the very validity of religious belief. Whether called atheists, agnostics, skeptics, or infidels, these individuals used the naturalism of modern science to deny the existence of any supernatural power. Science and Nonbelief chronicles, in a balanced and accessible way, the long history of the battle between adherents of religious doctrines and the nonbelievers who adhere to the naturalism of modern science.

Science and Nonbelief provides a nontechnical introduction to the leading questions that concern science and religion today: What place does evolution hold in the arguments of nonbelievers? What does modern physics tell us about the place of humanity in the natural world? How do modern neurosciences challenge traditional beliefs about mind and matter? What can scientific research about religion tell us about the nature of belief? How do skeptics react to claims at the fringes of science, such as UFOs and psychics?

The volume also addresses the political context of debates over science and nonbelief, as well as questions about the nature of morality. It includes a selection of provocative primary source documents that illustrate the complexity and varieties of nonbelief.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313330780
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Science, Philosophy and Religious Doubt

Philosophers, Doubting and Devout

The Old Science and the Old Faith

The European Enlightenment

Non-Belief Comes of Age

Science and Non-Belief Today

Scientific Naturalism

An Accidential World

Why Physics is Hard

The Nature of Modern Physics

The Burden of Proof

God in the Cracks of Causality

Quantum Mysticism

Cosmic Harmonies

Fine-Tuning the Universe

A Moment of Creation?

Physics and Naturalism

Darwinian Creativity

Achieving Complexity

The Physics of Evolution

Evolution and Religion

Old Fashion Creationism

Intelligent Design

Creation Through Evolution

Universal Darwinism

Minds Without Souls

Mind and Matter

Cartesian Dualism

Machines Who Think

Genes and Memes

The Conscious Brain

Qualia and Subjectivity

Mind Over Matter

The God Module

Parts and Wholes

Non-Belief Adapts to Brain Science

The Fringes of Science

Ultimate Explanations

Miracles and Rejected Knowledge

Scripture as Miracle

From Spiritualism to New Age

Skiptics vs. Psychics

Mircles in the Laboratory

UFO's and Aliens

Direct Experience of the Paranormal?

Paranormal Skepticism and Non-Belief

Explaining Religion

Too Many Religions

Religious Studies

Rational Chioce Theory

The Secularization Thesis

Religion and Group Selection

A Virus of the Mind

The Religious Mind

Explaining Theology and Non-Belief

Morality and Politics

More Than the Facts

The State of Science

The State of Non-Belief

A Morality of Reason

The Science of Morality

Separate Spheres

An Uneasy Alliance

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