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Biology and the riddle of life

Author: Charles Birch
Publisher: Sydney, Aust. : University of New South Wales Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What is life? What does it means to be alive? Is the Earth a super-organism? Is God necessary? In Biology and the Riddle of Life Charles Birch confronts these fundamental questions at a time when such topics as genetic engineering, cloning and ecology have been prominent in the news. Birch confronts the impression that modern biology has answers to all that there is to be known about life. We need to move towards  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Birch
ISBN: 0868407852 9780868407852
OCLC Number: 43351057
Description: xiv, 158 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. What is Life? --
2. Richness of Experience in Human Life --
3. Is Life Reducible to Physics and Chemistry? --
4. Cutting Humans Down to Size --
5. Romancing Nature --
6. Processing Towards Life --
7. Is God Necessary?
Responsibility: Charles Birch.

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Considers fundamental questions about Life and the relationship between science and religion. This title shows that viewing the world as a realm of experience rather than as a collection of objects  Read more...

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