Thomas Nagel’s newish book, Mind and Cosmos, challenges some long-worshiped idols of the  scientific priesthood of naturalistic materialism.

A brief summary of the book, “The Core of Mind and Cosmos,” by Nagel himself can be found  here in the New York Times.

The key takeaway from Nagel’s argument is that the reductionistic science based on naturalistic materialism simply cannot account for the world as actually lived and experienced.He argues that “the wide popularity among philosophers and scientists of (a), the outlook of psychophysical reductionism, is due not only to the great prestige of the physical sciences but to the feeling that this is the best defense against the dreaded (d), the theistic interventionist outlook” [emphasis added]. However, as someone who finds psychophysical accounts of the universe self-evidently false and others completely implausible, he still doesn’t want to embrace theism. He’d rather “seek an expanded form of understanding that includes the mental but that is still scientific — i.e. still a theory of the immanent order of nature.” Good luck with that project.

In the meantime, Nagel’s book, whose subtitle is “Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False,” has already unleashed its wrecking ball on the scientific idols (and arrogance) of our age. The damage is done.

Thx to Steve Jeffery

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