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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read, 26 May 2002
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This review is from: Paradigms Lost: Images of Man in the Mirror of Science (Paperback)
It is very refreshing to come across a work like this. The the reader is treated like an adult and is not patronised in any way. Neither is the book so technical as to be inaccessible to the lay person. By using the metaphor of courtroom and jury' Casti addresses fundemental problems and enigmas such as the origin of life on earth, machine intelligence, and whether we are alone in the universe. After 'summary arguments' the author adopts a jury's role and brings in a verdict in favour of one of several competing arguments. He is not shy of disagreeing with eminent authorities. There is an excellent opening chapter dealing with the philosphy and interpretation of science which, in the author's words, is to be used as an 'instruction manual' and 'not to be read first'.
I disagree with only Casti only once; his final final conclusion is pessimistic; but I still recommend this book.
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