The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions

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W. W. Norton & Company, 3 okt. 2011 - 352 pagina's

A book for nonbelievers who embrace the reality-driven life.

We can't avoid the persistent questions about the meaning of life-and the nature of reality. Philosopher Alex Rosenberg maintains that science is the only thing that can really answer them—all of them. His bracing and ultimately upbeat book takes physics seriously as the complete description of reality and accepts all its consequences. He shows how physics makes Darwinian natural selection the only way life can emerge, and how that deprives nature of purpose, and human action of meaning, while it exposes conscious illusions such as free will and the self. The science that makes us nonbelievers provides the insight into the real difference between right and wrong, the nature of the mind, even the direction of human history. The Atheist's Guide to Reality draws powerful implications for the ethical and political issues that roil contemporary life. The result is nice nihilism, a surprisingly sanguine perspective atheists can happily embrace.
 

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Gebruikersrecensie  - BakuDreamer - LibraryThing

Reads this backwards, everything was pretty much something I already knew, except for some very ( to me ) interesting questions in the last two chapters. ( Hope I can get his book about economics someday ) Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - hayduke - LibraryThing

Reality...what a concept! This book is not meant to persuade anyone that there is no god. Instead, Rosenberg assumes that the reader is a nonbeliever, who wants to get a better grip on reality. An engaging read that will have your brain working overtime. Volledige review lezen

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Inhoudsopgave

hapter
10
HOW PHYSICS FAKES DESIGN
45
THE BAD NEWS
94
NICE NIHILISM ll
115
BE YOUR GUIDE
146
THINKING ABOUT ANYTHING AT
164
SO SERIOUSLY
220
ETHICS POLITICS THE HUMANITIES
275
THE BACKSTORY
316
INDEX
333
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2011)

Alex Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Duke University and the codirector of the Duke Center for Philosophy of Biology. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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