Science and Nonbelief

Science and Nonbelief

by Taner Edis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1591025613

ISBN-13: 9781591025610

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: Prometheus Books

With a New Preface by the Author

Scientists have raised questions about religious belief since the earliest development of scientific thought. Over the centuries, as science has become ever more sophisticated and answered many of the questions previously in the domain of religion, more and more people have developed a skeptical point of view regarding religion.

Overview

With a New Preface by the Author

Scientists have raised questions about religious belief since the earliest development of scientific thought. Over the centuries, as science has become ever more sophisticated and answered many of the questions previously in the domain of religion, more and more people have developed a skeptical point of view regarding religion. Today, many scientists are nonbelievers with a secular, science-based perspective.
In this wide-ranging overview, physicist and acclaimed science writer Taner Edis examines the relationship between today's sciences and religious nonbelief. Beginning with a brief history of science and philosophical doubt, Edis goes on to describe those theories in contemporary science that challenge spiritual views by favoring a naturalistic conception of the world. He provides a very readable, nontechnical introduction to the leading scientific ideas that impinge upon religious belief in the areas of modern physics and cosmology, evolutionary biology, and cognitive and brain science. He also shows how science supplies naturalistic explanations for allegedly miraculous and paranormal phenomena and explains widespread belief in the supernatural. Finally, he addresses the political context of debates over science and nonbelief as well as questions about morality.
Complete with an historical chronology, an extensive annotated bibliography, and selections from primary sources, Science and Nonbelief is an indispensable and accessible reference work on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591025610
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.63(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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