Scientist Touts the Discipline as Accessible, Rewarding and Necessary in New Book
In our modern world, religious faiths expounding violent end-of-times eschatology are perilously juxtaposed to nuclear weapons; global warming is often poo-pooed by conservative evangelical Christian politicians; and evolution is continuously denied by young earth creationists seeking to dilute the intelligence of our next generation. Science, skepticism and critical thinking are needed now more than ever, a “new trinity,” if you please. These issues are discussed in Dennis R. Trumble’s book, The Way of Science: Finding Truth and Meaning in a Scientific Worldview. Trumble is a project scientist in the Circulatory Support Laboratory and an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. The scientific worldview is vital for humanity’s future and well-being, and Trumble assures us can that science can also be part of a satisfying and fulfilling life.
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- Read Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker’s article in The New Republic on “scientism” and science and the humanities here.
- Read The New Republic’s Literary Editor Leon Wieseltier’s rebuttal to Pinker here.
- Click here for Philosopher and Cognitive Scientist Daniel Dennett’s response to Wieseltier.
- For Evolutionary Biologist Jerry Coyne’s comments on the issue, Click here.