Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 29, 2010 - 532 pages
Consider the complexity of a living cell after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it more awesome to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned the cell at a stroke, or to realize that it evolved with no Almighty Hand, but arose on its own in the changing biosphere?In this bold and fresh look at science and religion, complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman argues that the qualities of divinity that we revere - creativity, meaning, purposeful action - are properties of the universe that can be investigated methodically. He offers stunning evidence for this idea in an abundance of fields, from cell biology to the philosophy of mind, and uses it to find common ground between belief systems often at odds with one another.A daring and ambitious argument for a new understanding of natural divinity, Reinventing the Sacred challenges readers both scientifically and philosophically.
 

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User Review  - dasam - www.librarything.com

This is a challenging and difficult book in many senses. It challenges our beliefs, whether we hold firmly to a version of God, or to a secular faith in no God. It challenges us whether we see science ... Read full review

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User Review  - DavidCLDriedger - LibraryThing

data data data = new agey vision of global sacredness I am not really even criticizing what he ends with, though what he ends with is not very critical, but dear god I just don't get how scientists make these moves. Read full review

Contents

BEYOND REDUCTIONISM
1
REDUCTIONISM
15
THE PHYSICISTS REBEL
29
THE NONREDUCIBILITY OF BIOLOGY TO PHYSICS
48
THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
69
AGENCY VALUE AND MEANING
112
THE CYCLE OF WORK
136
ORDER FOR FREE
157
LIVING INTO MYSTERY
363
THE TWO CULTURES
389
BROKEN BONES
403
ETHICS EVOLVING
409
A GLOBAL ETHIC
431
GOD AND REINVENTING THE SACRED
443
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
457
NOTES
459

THE NONERGODIC UNIVERSE
188
BREAKING THE GALILEAN SPELL
202
THE EVOLUTION OF THE ECONOMY
236
MIND
279
THE QUANTUM BRAIN?
310
BIBLIOGRAPHY
485
Back Cover Material
488
Index
491
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Biophysicist Stuart A. Kauffman works at the University of Pennsylvania and is assocated with a think tank at the Santa Fe Institute. Kauffman has written At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity and The Origin of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution.

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