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Finding purpose in a godless world : why we care even if the universe doesn't

Author: Ralph Lewis
Publisher: Amherst, New York Prometheus Books [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A psychiatrist presents a compelling argument for how human purpose and caring emerged in a spontaneous and unguided universe. Drawing on years of wide-ranging, intensive clinical experience, and his own family experience with cancer, the author helps the reader to understand how people cope with random adversity without recourse to supernatural belief. In fact, as he explains, coming to terms with randomness,
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Lewis
ISBN: 9781633883857 163388385X
OCLC Number: 1056968561
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description: 352 Seiten ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Ralph Lewis, MD ; foreword by Michael Shermer.

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