Soul Searching: Human Nature and Supernatural Belief Hardcover – 16 Nov 1995
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An intelligent and highly readable book... Excellent -- The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Humphrey acknowledges that "scientific materialism is regarded by many, even by some of its own prophets, as deeply unsatisfying". We all know people who insist that there "must be something else" apart from our material existence, that "mere" matter cannot be ultimately responsible for the feelings of love and the "miracle of human consciousness". Such misgivings are deeply ingrained in our culture. So why, Humphrey asks, do "most people most of the time actually behave as if they were thoroughgoing materialists" while wishing "that they themselves do possess a soul"? What on earth is going on?
One of the things going on, of course, despite the advance of science and reason, is religion, one purpose of which is "to nurse people's hopes of transcending physical reality". Humphrey then makes the link between "soulfulness and paranormal power" and challenges any modern believer who bravely maintains that their conception of religion does not involve anything so vulgar as paranormal miracles "to have another think about just what it is they really believe in".Read more ›