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Revealing Look at the Overlooked Role of Metaphysics in the History & Philosophy of Science,
This review is from: Science's Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism (Paperback)
In "Science's Blind Spot," biophysicist Dr. Cornelius G. Hunter provides an insightful look at the role of metaphysics in modern science. In particular, he gives readers a succinct overview of the role naturalistic theological assumptions that have influenced the historical sciences in recent times, moving from cosmology to biology.
For Hunter, metaphysical influences are all but inevitable and by themselves pose no necessary impediment to scientific understanding and progress. He argues that it is essential that we be aware of the constraining impact of those influences in to avoid force-fitting data into preconceived conclusions. But important scientific findings, suggests Hunter, reveals how our modern demand that only undirected processes be considered in science has prevented other explanations that might better account for what we observe in the natural world. Along the way, Hunter examines the metaphysical influences behind ideas such as multiverse theory and the theory of neo-Darwinian evolution.
In the concluding pages, Hunter makes a plea for the scientific community to embrace a modest empiricism that focuses more narrowly upon empirical findings that can be observed and verified through experimentation. Particularly where the historical sciences are involved, Hunter calls for a more modest approach to the scientific enterprise that is conscious of its own limits. He goes on to suggest that the theory of intelligent design fits within such an inquisitive atmosphere and that it be given careful consideration. (But Hunter just scratches the surface in this last respect, as this book is NOT about intelligent design.)
In two previous books, Hunter focused upon the metaphysics inspiring and affirming Darwin's theory of evolution and its modern form. But it is not necessary to have read those books in order to get the full benefit from "Science's Blind Spot." Given the scope of this book, readers might want to read this book before considering Hunter's intriguing work "Darwin's God."
Despite whatever technical or semi-technical jargon appears in this review, "Science's Blind Spot" is a very accessible book. It reads quickly, too. This book is thought provoking and is recommended to those interested in the role of metaphysics in modern science.
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