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Argument by lack of imagination?,
This review is from: The Mind of God: Science and the Search for Ultimate Meaning (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
This book is the intellectual equivalent of those training scenes from Rocky IV, where Sylvester Stallone prepares to fight the steroid-pumped Russian guy by running up vertical mountains, lifting granite boulders and doing one finger press ups. By the time you reach the last page you brain will be like a piece of iron, ready to tackle the toughest mysteries the universe can throw at you.
The regime covers physics, metaphysics, logic and God, among much else, and covers these subjects with such merciless curiosity that it'll make your brain glow.
If I had one complaint, and I do, it would be that The Mind of God keeps regressing to determine the cause of everything until Davies inevitably gives up, and then surrenders to possible spiritual or supernatural explanations.
However this 'God of gaps' position is certainly profitable. Davies won the Templeton Prize for his books, worth almost 1.5 million US dollars, an award given to scientists who "expand human perceptions of divinity and to help in the acceleration of divine creativity". The prize has been criticised by Richard Dawkins, heavyweight champion of reason and rationality, as, "a very large sum of money given [...] usually to a scientist who is prepared to say something nice about religion".