The View from the Center of the Universe
Posted: 15 May 2009 10:42 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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‘The View from the Center of the Universe - Discovering our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos’ by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams.  Now in paperback.

I haven’t read this yet, but saw them interviewed by McLaughlin - (an interrupting, annoying interviewer).  At the link below, click on Amazon to read customer reviews.  (Publisher’s Weekly = thumbs down.  Scientific American = thumbs up.)

http://viewfromthecenter.com/

(Notice that people who read this book also read Dawkins).

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Posted: 15 May 2009 01:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Hmmm… I’ve only read the preface and the intro from the website, and it sounds like there is some interesting stuff in there - but when they keep coming back to the idea that humans have a special role in the universe I begin to smell woo.

Of course, this is a knee-jerk reaction. I suppose I’ll have to go read it now.

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He who is not a misanthrope at forty can never have loved mankind  -Chamfort

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Posted: 15 May 2009 02:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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I see Holism.

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‘Every reflecting mind must acknowledge that there is no proof of the existence of a Deity’

‘If ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, knowledge of nature destroys them’

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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