The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science
Is there a God, or a spiritual reality beyond nature? Physicist Taner Edis takes a fresh look at this age-old question, focusing on what we have learned about our world rather than on traditional metaphysical disputes. Emphasizing a search for explanation rather than listing flaws in theistic metaphysics, Edis uses the results of natural science to present a world where complexity, intelligence, and even the sublime heights of religious experience emerge from what is ultimately material and random.
Sympathetically criticizing Muslim and New Age perspectives, as well as Jewish and Christian arguments, Edis argues that a thoroughgoing naturalism leads to a much better explanation of our world. While making it clear that spiritual views have a genuine intellectual appeal, Edis systematically critiques such arguments, contrasting them with stronger naturalistic explanations. Science is central to this naturalistic picture; modern physics, evolutionary biology, and critical history, as well as contemporary psychology and brain sciences, all cast doubt on any spiritual reality.
Bringing together ideas from many disciplines in a style that remains accessible to nonspecialists, and also interesting to scientists and philosophers, Edis provides an informative, in-depth statement of the case for scientific naturalism as the most accurate and powerful description of our world today.
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The author examines the question of whether there is a legitimate battle between science and religion, and the arguments for the existence of God. He begins with philosophy, but quickly dispenses with that, as the philosophical arguments have been covered in great detail elsewhere. He then proceeds to physics, and spends much of the book on the findings of modern physics and the origin of the universe. This book is much less technical than many books of this sort, and the author clearly aimed it an an intelligent reading audience that doesn't want long discussions of the arcana of physics, so you don't have to be well versed in physics language to grasp most of the book. The author makes his thesis plain from the beginning: philosophical arguments for and against god(s) are only the surface of the story. He feels scientific arguments are the best defense against intelligent design, creationism, and the existence of God. Very well written, and dealing honestly and forthrightly with the most sophisticated arguments from both religion and postmodern philosophy. That strength can actually become a weakness at times, however, as the repitition of the arguments against science can become tiresome, and also, one tends to cringe at the particular method of dispensing with those arguments, as the author has left probably several hundred passages that could easily be pulled out of context and used to indicate that the author (a prominent physicist and an outspoken atheist) actually accepts creationism - or intelligent design - or postmodernism. Still, I suppose there's no way to write a good, thoughtful book on the topic that can't be quote mined (even if they're not this wide open). Overall, I recommend this book highly.
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I loved this book. It is one of the best arguments for atheism that I've ever read. Edis is a physicist and philosopher. This alone doesn't set him apart from many of the other scientist authors who ...
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