Science and Poetry

Science and Poetry Science, According To The Received Wisdom Of The Day, Can Answer Any Question We Choose To Put To It Even The Most Fundamental About Ourselves, Our Behaviour And Our Cultures But For Mary Midgley It Can Never Be The Whole Story, As It Cannot Truly Explain What It Means To Be Human.In This Typically Crusading Work, Universally Acclaimed As A Classic On First Publication, She Powerfully Asserts Her Corrective View That Without Poetry Or Literature, Or Music, Or History, Or Even Theology We Cannot Hope To Understand Our Humanity In This Remarkable Book, The Reader Is Struck By Both The Simplicity And Power Of Her Argument And The Sheer Pleasure Of Reading One Of Our Most Accessible Philosophers. I really wish I had read this book years ago when my mate George told me he was reading it For years I ve been arguing with people, even here on Good Reads, that Dawkins idea of memes has to be treated as a metaphor It turns out that although a meme clearly is a metaphor, it might be that that is not how Dawkins intended it to be understood and so therefore there isto this story than simply that the absurdities that come flowing from such a simple minded understanding of social science, I really wish I h
shrill the prose is okay, but it reads like someone had a drum to beat, and they beat it florid argument file this under books by authors who cannot restrain themselves from slightly incendiary verbs and adjectives all the way through that limit their convincingness i bet if you already agreed with her, this mig
Finally finished this, having been reading it for about 6 months It never takes me that long to read a book, especially one this short I m slightly ashamed to say that the review of it will be affected by my poor levels of perseverance at points, but what can you do Where this book shone for me was the clear, succinct and engaging descriptions of different approaches to scientific enquiry It provided a great summary to concepts like social atomism, Gaian thinking, sociobiology, atomism and Finally finished this, having been reading it for about 6 months It never takes me that long to read a book, especially one this short I m slightly ashamed to say that the review of it will be affected by my poor levels of perseverance at points, but what can you do Where this book shone for me was the clear, succinct and engaging descriptions of different approaches to scientific enquiry It provided a great summary to concepts like social atomism, Gaian thinking, sociobiology, atomism and behaviourism It was clear to see how the concepts had influenced the way in which we do science now, and very interesting to learn the origins of those t
A call to avoid category errors that for me followed on from something I read by Wolpert in the 90s, was reflected in New Scientist just a few days later can t look it up because I can t find my subscriber number atm and was satisfyingly expanded in a fictional context just a week later by Sebastian Faulks Human Traces The basic argument is that one cannot use objective, atomistic, deterministic language to describe the intrinsically subjective it is clearly, if sometimes rather repetitivel A call to avoid category errors that for me followed on from something I read
It is not a bad book, nor do I disagree in any substantial way with many of the ideas it presents, but I found myself frequently confused and frustrated by the ambiguity of its intended audience Either Midgley is preaching to the choir, in which case she could restructure and expanded on those frequent points she explicitly chooses not to discuss, or she is preaching to an empty room, in which case a higher level of rhetoric and or sophistry would be required to snare the dubious In short, It is not a bad book, nor do I disagree in any substantial way with many of the ideas it presents, but I found myself frequently confused and frustrated by the ambiguity of its intended audience Either Midgley

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  • Paperback
  • 314 pages
  • Science and Poetry
  • Mary Midgley
  • English
  • 05 April 2018
  • 0415378486