Evolution as a Religion / Edition 2 available in Hardcover
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According to a profile in The Guardian, Mary Midgley is 'the foremost scourge of scientific pretensions in this country; someone whose wit is admired even by those who feel she sometimes oversteps the mark'. Considered one of Britain's finest philosophers, Midgley exposes the illogical logic of poor doctrines that shelter themselves behind the prestige of science. Always at home when taking on the high priests of evolutionary theory - Dawkins, Wilson and their acolytes - she has famously described evolution as 'the creation-myth of our age'. In Evolution as a Religion, she examines how science comes to be used as a substitute for religion and points out how badly that role distorts it. As ever, her argument is flawlessly insightful: a punchy, compelling, lively indictment of these misuses of science. Both the book and its author are true classics of our time.
About the Author
Mary Midgley (1919 - ). A philosopher with a special interest in ethics, human nature and science, Mary Midgley has a widespread international following for her work. Her latest book is Science and Poetry.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements
1. Evolutionary dramas
2. Do science and religion compete?
3. Demarcation disputes
4. The irresistible escalator
5. Choosing a world
6. The problem of direction
7. Scientist and superscientist
8. Dazzling prospects
9. Black holes: Jacques Monod and the isolation of 'science'
10. Freedom and the Monte Carlo drama
11. Scientific education and human transience
12. Mixed antitheses
13. Science, skepticism and awe
14. The service of self and the service of Kali
15. Who or what is selfish?
16. Dreaming and waking
17. The limits of individualism
18. The vulnerable world and its claims on us