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Science as Salvation: A Modern Myth and its Meaning Paperback – 5 Apr 1994

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (5 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415107733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415107730
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Mary Midgley is a philosopher with what many have come to admire, and many have come to fear, as one of the sharpest critical pens in the West . . . Her method is critical analysis; she chooses a number of key texts, mainly written by scientists themselves, and deftly punctures their more dramatic claims."-"Times Literary Supplement "Midgley is a witty, sometimes brilliant writer and this is not an easy book to sum up. "Science as Salvation is a cut above most attempts to offer a serious critique of science because it does so with precision and attention. No member of the public reading this book could fail to have his or her ideas about science and life's meaning altered."-"New Scientist "Her book is a learned, deep and witty critique of the pretensions of scientists who extrapolate larger visions of the cosmos and of the place of humans in it."-"Christian Century "This book is a welcome, funny, robustand acute assault on some of the drivel that has lately been filling bookshops under the heading Popular Science'."-"The Times "There is a great deal of careful and insightful craftsmanship in "Science and Salvation for any interested in science and religion or their interaction to like, hate, debate with, or build upon.."-"Bookends, Shaun C. Henson.

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Mary Midgley is Former Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, the University of Newcastle. She is the author of many books, among them Evolution as a Religion, Wisdom, Information and Wonder, and Wickedness, all published by Routledge.

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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2008
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Mary Midgley's excellent work shows clearly that what often passes for science these days is, in fact, myth presenting itself as fact against superstition. Midgley regards Dawkins et.al. as reductionists whose theories are ideologically driven rather than motivated by any objective scientific criteria, representing an attempt to substitute scientism for the humanities.

Historically this trend arose from the eighteenth century revolt against political and religious institutions and, although Midgley does not regard it as driven by atheism, she does regard it as a male driven attempt to deprive nature of its being. She questions natural selection not on ideological but on practical grounds. Why did humankind on this particular planet develop thought? Indeed, why did it need to?

She rightly determines that there is no objectivity in science inasmuch as ideas do not conjure themselves out of mid air but are endemic in society and often in the subject matter and assumptions of the increasigly isolated branches of science that purport to understand reality.

The deveopment of the Anthropic Principle is simply the outgrowth of the failure of Marxism (which Midgley understands is the reformulation of faith). Science has become scientism through science fiction with future worlds, or even a renewed universe, existing by the ingenuity of man to replace flesh and blood with robots. Intellectual Man becomes the master of nature rather than part of nature's processes.

The intellectual pretentions of science were cruelly exposed by the myth of Marxism as science, exposing "science" as a methodology lacking true purpose.
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As timely now as when first published. Midgely effortlessly takes on the meta-constructs of science in the last 300 years to show its great deal of open misogyny and its conceits. As a teacher of the philosophy of science it provides accessible critique yet not compromising demanding intellectual concentration. Well worth a read.
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