Science and Nonbelief

ISBN-10: 1591025613
ISBN-13: 9781591025610
Edition: N/A
Authors: Taner Edis
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $21.99
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 283
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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: BLWhat place does evolution hold in the arguments of nonbelievers BLWhat does modern physics tell us about the place of humanity in the natural world? BLHow do modern neurosciences challenge traditional beliefs about mind and matter? BLWhat can scientific research about religion tell us about the nature of belief? BLHow 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.

Preface to Paperback Edition
Preface
Chronology of Events
Science, Philosophy, and Religious Doubt
Philosophers, Doubting and Devout
The Old Science and the Old Faith
The European Enlightenment
Nonbelief Comes of Age
Science and Nonbelief Today
Scientific Naturalism
An Accidental 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-fashioned 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
Nonbelief Adapts to Brain Science
The Fringes of Science
Ultimate Explanations
Miracles and Rejected Knowledge
Scripture as Miracle
From Spiritualism to the New Age
Skeptics versus Psychics
Miracles in the Laboratory
UFOs and Aliens
Direct Experience of the Paranormal?
Paranormal Skepticism and Nonbelief
Explaining Religion
Too Many Religions
Religious Studies
Rational Choice Theory
The Secularization Thesis
Religion and Group Selection
A Virus of the Mind
The Religious Mind
Explaining Theology and Nonbelief
The Prospects for Nonbelief
Morality and Politics
More Than the Facts
The State of Science
The State of Nonbelief
A Morality of Reason
The Science of Morality
Separate Spheres
An Uneasy Alliance
Primary Sources
Ludwig Biichner, Force and Matter, or, Principles of the Natural Order of the Universe. With a System of Morality Based Thereupon
Steven Weinberg, "A Designer Universe?"
Richard Dawkins, "Obscurantism to the Rescue"
Owen Flanagan, The Problem of the Soul: Two Visions of Mind and How to Reconcile Them
Susan Blackmore, "What Can the Paranormal Teach Us about Consciousness?"
Pascal Boyer, "Why Is Religion Natural?"
Annotated Bibliography
Index

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