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Evolution as a Religion : Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears.

Author: Mary Midgley
Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2003. ©2003
Series: Routledge classics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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According to a profile in The Guardian, Mary Midgley is 'the foremost scourge of scientific pretensions in this country; someone whose wit is admired even by those who feel she sometimes oversteps the mark'. Considered one of Britain's finest philosophers, Midgley exposes the illogical logic of poor doctrines that shelter themselves behind the prestige of science. Always at home when taking on the high priests of  Read more...
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Midgley, Mary.
Evolution as a Religion : Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears.
Florence : Taylor and Francis, ©2003
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Midgley
ISBN: 9780203361689 0203361687
OCLC Number: 1048363489
Description: 1 online resource (224 pages).
Contents: Front Cover --
Evolution as a Religion --
Copyright Page --
Contents --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction to the Routledge Classics Edition --
1. Evolutionary Dramas --
2. Do Science and Religion Compete? --
3. Demarcation Disputes --
4. The Irresistible Escalator --
5. Choosing a World --
6. The Problem of Direction --
7. Scientist and Superscientist --
8. Dazzling Prospects --
9. Black Holes: Jacques Monod and the Isolation of 'Science' --
10. Freedom and the Monte Carlo Drama --
11. Scientific Education and Human Transience --
12. Mixed Antitheses --
13. Science, Scepticism and Awe --
14. The Service of Self and the Service of Kali --
15. Who or What is Selfish? --
16. Dreaming and Waking --
17. The Limits of Individualism --
18. The Vulnerable World and its Claims on Us --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: Routledge classics.

Abstract:

According to a profile in The Guardian, Mary Midgley is 'the foremost scourge of scientific pretensions in this country; someone whose wit is admired even by those who feel she sometimes oversteps the mark'. Considered one of Britain's finest philosophers, Midgley exposes the illogical logic of poor doctrines that shelter themselves behind the prestige of science. Always at home when taking on the high priests of evolutionary theory - Dawkins, Wilson and their acolytes - she has famously described evolution as 'the creation-myth of our age'. In Evolution as a Religion, she examines how science comes to be used as a substitute for religion and points out how badly that role distorts it. As ever, her argument is flawlessly insightful: a punchy, compelling, lively indictment of these misuses of science. Both the book and its author are true classics of our time.

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