Absence of Mind – Robinson, Marilynne

Absence of Mind – Robinson, Marilynne – Yale University Press.

In this ambitious book, acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson applies her astute intellect to some of the most vexing topics in the history of human thought—science, religion, and consciousness. Crafted with the same care and insight as her award-winning novels, Absence of Mind challenges postmodern atheists who crusade against religion under the banner of science. In Robinson’s view, scientific reasoning does not denote a sense of logical infallibility, as thinkers like Richard Dawkins might suggest. Instead, in its purest form, science represents a search for answers. It engages the problem of knowledge, an aspect of the mystery of consciousness, rather than providing a simple and final model of reality.

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One Comment on “Absence of Mind – Robinson, Marilynne”

  1. The woman is out of my league sometimes but I mangaged to glean from the chapter on The Strange History of Altruism that she thinks Science has to include the power of subjectivity, of human consciousness and thought, if it is to be true science.


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