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Paradigms regained : a further exploration of the mysteries of modern science

Author: J L Casti
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In Paradigms Regained, noted mathematician and researcher John Casti tackles the Big Questions of science and sets our sights on a new millennium of astounding discovery. Casti explores the extraordinary "what-ifs" of the natural world - the origins of life, the existence of extraterrestrials, our genetic destiny, the roots of language and learning, the limits of knowledge - and debates the competing theories that
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J L Casti
ISBN: 0688161154 9780688161156
OCLC Number: 42295997
Description: xii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The truth, the whole truth, and the scientific truth: the state of science today --
That's life!: Claim: Life arose out of natural physical processes here on Earth --
Genetic imperialism: Claim: Human behavior patterns are dictated primarily by the genes --
Born to speak: Claim: Human language capacity stems from a unique, innate property of the brain --
Man-made minds: Claim: Digital computers can, in principle, literally think --
Who goes there?: Claim: There exist intelligent beings in our galaxy with whom we can communicate --
The way the world isn't: Claim: There exists no objective reality independent of an observer.
Responsibility: John L. Casti.
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"In Paradigms Regained, noted mathematician and researcher John Casti tackles the Big Questions of science and sets our sights on a new millennium of astounding discovery. Casti explores the extraordinary "what-ifs" of the natural world - the origins of life, the existence of extraterrestrials, our genetic destiny, the roots of language and learning, the limits of knowledge - and debates the competing theories that exist today. Where Paradigms Lost drew on previously reported findings, Paradigms Regained probes deeper, reexamining the same issues against a decade's worth of new evidence from the top minds in science.

Here, Casti reveals such exciting new discoveries as the ocean-floor-dwelling archaeon, which has led scientists to rethink previously postulated theories about the origins of life, and the "hot Jupiters" detected around stars other than our Sun, which have opened the door to further speculation that ETs really do exist."--Jacket.

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