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A glorious accident : understanding our place in the cosmic puzzle

Author: Wim Kayzer; Oliver W Sacks
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, 1997.
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At the close of the 20th century what do we human beings know about why we are here? To address this and other big questions, a diverse cast of six of today's great thinkers was assembled into an intellectual roundtable to discuss, debate, and argue their points. The result is A Glorious Accident. Before the roundtable discussion, a series of personal interviews was conducted with each participating guest.
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wim Kayzer; Oliver W Sacks
ISBN: 0716731444 9780716731443 9025407250 9789025407254
OCLC Number: 37442843
Description: xiv, 306 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The interviews: Migraine / Oliver Sacks ; Consciousness explained / Daniel C. Dennett ; Unanswerable questions / Stephen Jay Gould ; In praise of diversity / Freeman Dyson ; Revolution or sidetrack? / Rupert Sheldrake ; Descartes, Descartes ... / Stephen Toulmin --
pt. 2. The roundtable : an attempt at symbiosis.
Responsibility: Wim Kayzer ; featuring Oliver Sacks [and others].

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Containing a set of interviews and philosophical questions with six scientists and thinkers-about-science, this volume culminates in a long round table discussion among the six: Oliver Sacks, Daniel  Read more...

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