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Mind of God, The

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Throughout history, humans have dreamed of knowing the reason for the existence of the universe.

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Publisher's Synopsis
In The Mind of God, physicist Paul Davies explores whether modern science can provide the key that will unlock this last secret. In his quest for an ultimate explanation, Davies reexamines the great questions that have preoccupied humankind for millennia, and in the process explores, among other topics, the origin and evolution of the cosmos, the nature of life and consciousness, and the claim that our universe is a kind of gigantic computer.

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"Intellectually cordial and wonderfully lucid... Meanders through dozens of current concepts and findings... and then observes how they illuminate the ancient quandaries encountered by Plato and Pythagoras, Spinoza and Kant.... [A] mind-bending experience."      ~The Washington Post

"Stimulating and enlightening... Shows how scientists, like the ancient philosophers before them, continue to struggle with reconciling the eternal and the ephemeral."       ~The New York Times Book Review 

Excerpt
"Four hundred years ago science came into conflict with religion because it seemed to threaten Mankind's cozy place within a purpose-built cosmos designed by God. The revolution begun by Copernicus and finished by Darwin had the effect of marginalizing, even trivializing, human beings. People were no longer cast at the center of the great scheme, but were relegated to an incidental and seemingly pointless role in an indifferent cosmic drama, like unscripted extras that have accidentally stumbled onto a vast movie set. This existentialist ethos - that there is no significance in human life beyond what humans themselves invest in it - has become the leitmotif of science. It is for this reason that ordinary people see science as threatening and debasing: it has alienated them from the universe in which they live."

Author Davies, Paul
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 256 pp.
Publisher Simon & Schuster 1993
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