Skeptics And True Believers

Skeptics And True Believers

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Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He ilustrates his arguement with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the Red Knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn't happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. 'Miracles are explainable, ' Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, 'it is the explanations that are miraculous'. For anyone drawn to reflect on life's meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo's uncomprimising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire.Scientific concepts can be extraordinarily bizarre, as strange to our notion of what is a proper landscape as are the ... Some time ago, I saw in the journal Science a photograph of bacterial DNA, made with an electron microscope. ... there along the strands, generating fernlike traceries as it spins off RNA and builds proteinsa€” a whirling-dervish dance of life. ... I have added a circle to my conceptual map of the world (a€œdragonflya€), linked by short sturdy lines to other circles more closelyanbsp;...

Title:Skeptics And True Believers
Author: Chet Raymo
Publisher:Random House - 2012-01-31

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