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by Alex Rosenberg

Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Author: Alex Rosenberg
ISBN: 0393344118
ISBN13: 978-0393344110
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (December 10, 2012)
Pages: 368
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I enjoyed this book in spite of the fact that it undermines so many of my own philosophical views.

The Atheist’s Guide to Reality will, like the best scholarship and science, remove you from your comfort zone. And that is the only way to gain new and better perspectives on our place in the cosmos. Lawrence Krauss A Universe From Nothing. I enjoyed this book in spite of the fact that it undermines so many of my own philosophical views. While I’m certainly skeptical of religion, I do believe that philosophy, history, literature, and the social sciences provide actual, if non-scientific, knowledge about reality and human affairs. Rosenberg seems to see these disciplines as having nothing more than entertainment value.

Philosopher Alex Rosenberg maintains that science is the only thing that can really answer them-all of them. All this raises the question: is Rosenberg's book a good guide to reality for the atheist? If it is, then I think it provides some very good reasons to reject atheism. His bracing and ultimately upbeat book takes physics seriously as the complete description of reality and accepts all its consequences. He shows how physics makes Darwinian We can't avoid the persistent questions about the meaning of life-and the nature of reality. For all his bluster about scientism, there is not a single page that deals with this intuitive argument

A book for nonbelievers who embrace the reality-driven life. We can't avoid the persistent questions about the meaning of life-and the nature of reality. Philosopher Alex Rosenberg maintains that science is the only thing that can really answer them-all of them.

A book for nonbelievers who embrace the reality-driven life.

Full of daring moves, it takes the sin of scientism as the ultimate virtue. Alex Rosenberg has sheared the nature of things down to the bedrock, and exposed our common vanity. E. O. Wilson The Ants ) The Atheist’s Guide to Reality will, like the best scholarship and science, remove you from your comfort zone.

Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013. The Atheist’s Guide to Reality is the latest book by Alex Rosenberg, a leading philosopher

Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013. The Atheist’s Guide to Reality is the latest book by Alex Rosenberg, a leading philosopher. of science, and the most comprehensive statement of physicalist naturalism in contem-. For example, in his penultimate 2008 book, co-authored with the biologist Daniel McShea, he. distinguishes between effects that are a result of blind natural selection and those that depend on conscious. The Atheist’s Guide to Reality. 123. Author's personal copy.

Alex Rosenberg embraces the label . The book expands the campaign of militant modern atheism, the offensive launched against religion by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. Rosenberg’s broadsides attack a wider horizon. The result is nice nihilism, a surprisingly sanguine perspective atheists can happily embrace.

The Atheist’s Guide to Realityis the latest book by Alex Rosenberg, a leading philosopher of science, and the most comprehensive statement of physicalist naturalism in contemporary philosophy. Questions about the existence of God and his attributes, however, are not dealt with in the book. Rosenberg simply assumes the truth of atheism.

Автор: Rosenberg Alex, Rosenberg Alexander Название: The Atheist& Guide to Reality: Enjoying .

Описание: A book for nonbelievers who embrace the reality-driven life. This book examines the Epicurean inheritance and explains what constituted actual atheistic thinking in early-modern France, distinguishing such categorical unbelief from other challenges to orthodox beliefs.

“A tough test of the intellectual mettle of the armchair atheists and those teetering between faith and committing to life without it.”―Boston Globe

We can’t avoid the persistent questions about the meaning of life―and the nature of reality. But science is the only means of answering them. So declares philosopher Alex Rosenberg in this bracing, surprisingly sanguine take on a world without god. The science that makes us nonbelievers, he demonstrates, tells us the nature of reality, the purpose of everything, the difference between right and wrong, how the mind works, even the direction of human history. 8 illustrations
Comments to eBook The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions
Yahm
If you know something about the history of philosophy, then you’re probably aware that there are many conceptions about the true nature of reality. And it’s notoriously difficult to know, with certainty, which of these conceptions is true. The great philosophical traditions form an ongoing debate going back several thousand years. Philosophers continue to publish books defending or criticizing one of these traditions—signaling that the debate continues up to the present day.

In The Atheist’s Guide to Reality, Alex Rosenberg asserts that modern science has ended the debate for all time. “The basic things everything is made up of,” writes Rosenberg, “are fermions and bosons…that’s it” (p. 21). Physics tells us what reality is and there is nothing more. Sure, physicists still have a lot to learn about reality, but the broad outlines are set and we can be confident they won’t change.

This is at least a reasonable position, even if many of us have a hard time accepting it. Where Rosenberg really presses the implications is with our common sense notions about consciousness. What seems to be the most important feature about our experience is largely non-existent. Neuroscientists have “established that many of the most obvious things introspection tells you about your mind are illusions” (p. 148). Whether you accept Rosenberg’s conclusions about the mind or not, it’s well worth reading his chapter on consciousness.

I enjoyed this book in spite of the fact that it undermines so many of my own philosophical views. While I’m certainly skeptical of religion, I do believe that philosophy, history, literature, and the social sciences provide actual, if non-scientific, knowledge about reality and human affairs. Rosenberg seems to see these disciplines as having nothing more than entertainment value. Only the hard sciences provide true knowledge. I’m not ready to fully accept this position; maybe someday.

There are many interesting sections in this book. I liked his discussions of anti-depressants, criminal justice, and Epicurean philosophy. This is also the best book I’ve read about the continuity of physics through the other hard sciences (biology, cognitive neuroscience, etc.). If you’re at least open to notion that only modern science provides access to truth and reality, you’ll probably appreciate this book. Alternatively, if you cannot accept the possibility that ultimately physics is all there is, this book is unlikely to convince you.
Xava
This is a truly extraordinary book that can change you life. Dr. Rosenberg writes clearly and with humor about very difficult topics such as the second law of thermodynamics,free will,determinism and the existence of God. At first you might be put off by his conclusions as I was but you are forced to seriously consider them until you finally are overwhelmed by the logic of his arguments and admit that he is right. For me it was a truly liberating experience to be free from heavy weight of Christianity on my shoulders. A word of warning: Dr. Rosenberg takes no prisoners. You will be shocked by some of his observations. But the truth of them is something that cannot be denied. I can guarantee that this book will expand your consciousness. I liked it so much that I purchased a second copy because made so many markings on my first. The author delivers big time. The title says it all.
Sharpbinder
Not a book about atheism but anybody reading this book will become an atheist. At the age of 81 I have been through many stages starting as an orthodox Jew training as a rabbi and finally realising that I was not a believer. Riddled with guilt until I came across Christopher Hitchings and Richard Dawkins and realised that I was part of an athiest community. Alex Rosenberg in his book makes it clear that atheism is not an option but the only reasonable explanation of the universe. No! He does not propose that life has any meaning other than the meaning we give it. A really enlightening book and should be read by every fundamentalist.
Mitynarit
I found this book to be arrogant and simplistic. I’ve practiced naturalistic attitude for quite some time now and was looking for some fresh views. None were found here. If I had to sum up this book in one sentence, it would be this “What we think of as temperature is really just the average speed of atoms — therefore there is no temperature.” It’s not quite as bad but it’s not far either. I don’t need convincing that there is no free will or anything, and still I found this book utterly unconvincing. Could only muster half of it. Surprised that Goldstein gave it a positive review.
Shistus
Very well written book for anyone wondering how one can possibly an atheist in a world in which so many things go....wrong.
Wanenai
Would have given 5 stars but some factual errors which the author owns up to precluded that. Such an ambitious attempt to convince must inevitably allow for tares among the wheat I guess. I purchased based on an impressive YouTube video from 2012 with Sean Carroll et al. Alex R. was very engaging and candid in his presentations. I already had inclinations toward his point of view, and this book made me feel good along with my Celexa. He has a sequel coming from MIT Press. Hope to get that one, also. A great author !
Maveri
Gave 5 stars for Rosenberg's thesis which highly resonated with me. The book is not that well written, is repetitive, and seems to be in an argument (justifiably so, given what he is saying.) On the other hand, his logic makes sense... By reading the book, I've changed ... I don't chase after, don't worry so much.. and enjoy life more. Highly recommend the book.
I've read a lot of atheist books. This one has a lot of new and interesting things to say. Some I completely agreed with, others really made me think. Very cool book. It'd be good as a gift.
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