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2.0 out of 5 stars Trigg defends obsolete ideas, 5 July 2012
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This review is from: Philosophy Matters P (Paperback)
Reading this book, it is obvious that the author is an intelligent man who has a deep sentimental attachment to those fictional objects of traditional piety, the gods of Judaeo-Christian mythology. Thus the advance of science is a problem for him, as it is for many religious believers, because the scientific world-view has demolished so much of the ancient account of human origins and the constitution of the universe which religions perpetuate. He admits that science 'works' - it makes discoveries, it explains phenomena and it enables us to build useful technologies, etc. He cannot deny it! (see p36 and following). It is entertaining to see how he wriggles around, trying to reconcile his acceptance of scientific progress with his addiction to pre-scientific folklore. Nevertheless, his comments on free-will and intentionality are interesting and raise serious issues about reasons versus causes and the limits of causal explanation. Unfortunately, those serious issues have nothing to do with ancient tales of supernatural agents, despite Trigg's best efforts to forge a connection. A more honest title for this book would be "My Doomed Attempt to Reconcile Modern Science and Ancient Mythology."
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