Science, God's Hard Gift

Science, God's Hard Gift

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Frederick R. Bauer captures the essence of William James in qScience, God's Hard Gift.q We have all heard the word qpragmatic.q It entered our everyday vocabulary as a result of a series of lectures delivered by William James, the greatest of all great American thinkers. He gave those lectures in 1906, four years before his death at age sixty-eight, in 1910. In the first of those lectures, James described the type of person he wanted to reach, a person not unlike a large number of persons today: qHe wants facts; he wants science, q James said, qbut he also wants a religion.q James did not live to see the incredible new scientific discoveries of the 1900s. Those discoveries have led increasing numbers of experts to claim that modern science has made religion qobsolete.q qScience, God's Hard Giftq celebrates this centenary of James's death by updating and expanding his ideas on pragmatism for those contemporaries who want facts and science, but also a religion.attitude towards that which appears to me to be the programmatic aim of all physics: the complete description of any (individual) real ... (Pais, p.5) Bohr and the others answered the way Wheeler, who studied with Bohr, answers. ... The first is from an essay in a collection of opinions on the Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory: ... (N. D. Mermin, a€œQuantum Mysteries for Anyone, a€ in Cushing and McMullin, p.50) a€œThe Universe as Hologram: Does Objective Reality Exist or Is theanbsp;...

Title:Science, God's Hard Gift
Author: Frederick R. Bauer
Publisher:iUniverse - 2010-12

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