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Doesn't do what it says on the tin, deeply disappointing.
on 4 June 2016
I was looking forwards to this book, having used "Science as Salvation" for a couple of assignments, and hoped it would explain how evolution and Darwinism function as religion substitutes for their adherents. For those that don't get this, and want to squeak that science deals with facts not superstition, and therefore isn't a matter of faith, beleif, and therefore religion at all, one needs to look at the 'peformative' definition of religion, and grasp how evolution functions in the same way by providing people with their morality, a guide for living, and their hope (ie that science will discover all possible facts and make the world a better place). Yes, the contents are different, of course, but that's not the point, its *how* and *why* they are used. Try seeing Prof Dawkings as 'high priest', "The God Delusion" as bible, telling people how wonderful science, evolution and "The God delusion" are as evangelism, and how if we all became atheist scientists the world would be wonderful as eschatology: that's what evolution as religion is.
This book does not do that at all. Midgeley spends far too much time taking on an obscure work by Jaques Monod that no lay-people and followers of 'scientism' have actually heard of. It doesn't get to grips with how similar in their cartesian dichotomous "We're right, everyone else is wrong, everyone else must think like us" militant athesits are in their attitude (obviously not beliefs, but *attitude*) with both fundamentalist Charismatic / Pentecostal Evangelical Christians and, embarassingly for the atheists, ISIS: remember, similarity in 'bunker mentality' attitude, hatred of the opposition, etc, not beliefs. It's this area that desperately needs exploring.
I have given the book away, having read it only once.