- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (28 Aug. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844652041
- ISBN-13: 978-1844652044
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,570,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Science (The Art of Living) Paperback – 28 Aug 2014
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"An interesting book with some thought-provoking insights." CHOICE
About the Author
Steve Fuller is Professor of Sociology at University of Warwick.
Top Customer Reviews
On the contrary, he appears to believe that science is the natural continuation of the religious impulse. The book's starting quote is from the founder of cybernetics, Norbert Wiener: `Science is a way of life that can flourish only when men are free to have faith'.
The relevant sense of `faith' here is the faith to be bold and to `persevere in the face of adversity' (an old Protestant slogan, apparently). Fuller basically sees a fairly literal view of the Bible as potentially in common cause with `transhumanists' against what some might see as an ungenerous view of Darwin. Whereas Darwin sees us as ultimately stuck in our animal natures, Fuller says science is really about transcending our animal status and ascending to a `view from nowhere'. Darwin was a product of science but Darwin would never have given us science.
This review can't do justice to the complexity and contestability of the argument, but it's clear that Fuller is an `intelligent design theorist' but his view of this movement is much more mind-blowing than that of the run-of-the-mill ID person.
Even if you don't buy the argument in the whole, the parts are by themselves quite thought-provoking.
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I recommend this book for people who want a philosophical take on the contemporary condition of science.