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5.0 out of 5 stars Scientists: prepare to have your horizons broadened, 20 Sep 2003
This review is from: A Guide for the Perplexed (Paperback)
First published in 1977, the Daily Mail review said "The most exciting philosophical book for ages." I can’t disagree. Schumacher considers the *big* human questions like “What should I do?” and “How can I be happy?” and argues that the methodologies of sciences are simply not up to answering such questions. He argues that we are guilty of constricting the notion of “truth” to merely that which is provable, and that we are impoverished as a result.
He insists that we *MUST* include humanities “unprovable” experiences of the universe in our personal maps of the world, and that we must look within ourselves to find the answers to the *big* questions, to find *understanding* and *insight* rather than simply knowledge.
I only wish I had read this book years ago. I now look at myself and consider myself so unbalanced... The scientist inside me is now very well developed, but there are other, greater skills that now require significant attention...
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