Why Science Is Wrong...about Almost Everything (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/11/21
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A ROLLICKING ASSAULT ON SCIENCE'S INABILITY TO ANSWER LIFE'S MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
Alex Tsakiris has interviewed many bestselling authors and dozens of world-class academics on his popular science podcast Skeptiko.com. In this book he shares with us what he's learned through his 200 plus interviews with some of the world s leading consciousness researchers and thinkers. In doing so, he reveals what the best research is saying about big picture science questions and the limits of science in general. What's he's learned, in short, is that science-as-we-know-it is an emperor-with-no-clothes-on proposition. It mesmerizes us with flashy trinkets, while failing at its core mission of leading us toward self-discovery. Science is wrong about almost everything because science depends on our consciousness being an illusion and it s not!
"Alex Tsakiris has articulated in this feisty work what many of us in the academy have felt but have not quite had the courage to say. Alex writes as our conscience here, as he calls us all to balk against the silly and self-contradictory script that is reductive materialism. Such a balking, Alex reminds us, does not make us creationists or anti-science, as the skeptics would have us believe. It makes us conscious beings who refuse this bizarre pact of unconsciousness, meaninglessness, and depression." Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, Rice University and author of "Authors of the Impossible"
"In the best of American traditions, Tsakiris is a plain-talking Everyman who speaks truth to power. Only, in this case, power is a scientific paradigm that has Ivy League academics and New York media intellectuals completely in its thrall. Are materialists right? Not if you follow the data. Tsakiris brings some giants to their knees, here, simply by asking smart, tough questions that no one has thought to ask. Fascinating stuff." Patricia Pearson, author of "Opening Heaven's Door"
"Tsakiris has distilled the essence of his podcast Skeptiko into a book as direct as his show-and equally necessary. If you want evidence that consciousness is not an illusion, that we are more than biological robots, this book is a great place to start." Steve Volk, writer-at-large for Philadelphia Magazine and author of "Fringe-ology" "
The bottom line is that, as someone who has been following this subject, there was nothing new nor compelling in this book.
I have just finished a second reading of Tsakiris' Why Science is wrong.. . He gripped my attention throughout, and I was reluctant to put the book down. It was so interesting because they were based on his 200 plus challenging podcast interviews with the world's leading consciousness researchers and thinkers, where he uses simple personal language, polite but incisive questions are firmly put exposing the absurdity of the official story that consciousness is nothing but activities in the brain, that we are robots without free will. As we are in fact all human beings, with human emotions and sympathies, those maintaining the robot view, are at pains to reveal their altruistic humanity. Basically Tsakiris rubs in the contradiction of “robot” versus “altruism”. I was particularly interested in the chapter which convincingly argues that Charles Darwin stole 69 pages of research material of Alfred Russel Wallace who had done much more extensive research into the origin of species, and passed them off as his own, giving them a more materialist slant.
Personally, I believe in God. I make no apologies for it. However, only when people who may not believe in God at all continue questioning the, "We have all the answers, even when we don't" mantra of scientific materialism will we begin to get at the truth.
There is a somewhat dismissive tone toward religion in this and many similar books, but I sort of think it has to be that way. Few in the scientific community will take anyone who believes in God seriously, and many times skeptics who are asking legitimate questions are accused of being closet Creationists when nothing could be further from the truth.
Science explains a whole lot. It cannot and will not ever be able to explain the totality of the human experience. Between the dogmatic religious fundamentalists who desperately want to believe this life is not all there is, and the equally ardent secularists who just as passionately want to believe there is no transcendent meaning to this life, no spiritual dimension to it, or beyond it, lies a fascinating area of inquiry. This book explores that place in the middle.
You certainly do not have to believe in a supreme being to believe there is mounting evidence suggesting consciousness survives bodily death in some way. If we can't definitively say what consciousness is or why it exists now, it seems pretty questionable to conclude we know for sure how and when it ends.
An interesting read.