The Resource The science delusion : asking the big questions in a culture of easy answers, Curtis White, (electronic resource)

The science delusion : asking the big questions in a culture of easy answers, Curtis White, (electronic resource)

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The science delusion : asking the big questions in a culture of easy answers
Title
The science delusion
Title remainder
asking the big questions in a culture of easy answers
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Curtis White
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Language
eng
Summary
One of our most brilliant social critics'author of the bestselling The Middle Mind'presents a scathing critique of the "delusions" of science alongside a rousing defense of the tradition of Romanticism and the "big" questions. With the rise of religion critics such as Richard Dawkins, and of pseudo-science advocates such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer, you're likely to become a subject of ridicule if you wonder "Why is there something instead of nothing'" or "What is our purpose on earth'" Instead, at universities around the world, and in the general cultural milieu, we're all being taught that science can resolve all questions without the help of philosophy, politics, or the humanities. In short, the rich philosophical debates of the 19th century have been nearly totally abandoned, argues critic Curtis White. An atheist himself, White nonetheless calls this new turn "scientism"'and fears what it will do to our culture if allowed to flourish without challenge. In fact, in "scientism" White sees a new religion with many unexamined assumptions. In this brilliant multi-part critique, he aims at a TED talk by a distinguished neuroscientist in which we are told that human thought is merely the product of our "connectome," a map of neural connections in the brain that is yet to be fully understood. . . . He whips a widely respected physicist who argues that our new understanding of the origins of the universe obviates any philosophical inquiry . . . and ends with a learned defense of the tradition of Romanticism, which White believes our technology and science-obsessed world desperately needs to rediscover. It's the only way, he argues, that we can see our world clearly. . . and change it
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White, Curtis
Dewey number
501
Index
no index present
LC call number
Q175
LC item number
.W458 2014
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unknown
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  • PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General
  • Philosophy
  • SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
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The science delusion : asking the big questions in a culture of easy answers, Curtis White, (electronic resource)
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http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=405FB65F-4167-4F83-8642-0F48128693EF
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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multicolored
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text
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1 online resource.
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online
Isbn
9781612192017
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(electronic bk.)
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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EB00183950
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(OCoLC)869386019
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The science delusion : asking the big questions in a culture of easy answers, Curtis White, (electronic resource)
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http://sfpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=405FB65F-4167-4F83-8642-0F48128693EF
Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781612192017
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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405fb65f-4167-4f83-8642-0f48128693ef
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EB00183950
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
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remote
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(OCoLC)869386019

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