- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199743169
- ISBN-13: 978-0199743162
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
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"In this wonderfully insightful and provocative book, Atoms and Eden, radio journalist Steve Paulson explores two of the most powerful forces in human history - science and religion - and the way they shape our world view. Using interviews with scientists, historians and philosophers as a springboard, Paulson deftly creates a conversation about faith, doubt and the very nature of belief systems that draws the reader into rethinking assumptions about what's important in the way we build our lives today."
--Deborah Blum, author, Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death
"These transcripts capture the excitement of the radio series from which they are drawn. They stimulate the imagination, broaden the knowledge of all but the most widely informed readers, and clarify key issues and perspectives in the tensions between science and religion."--Library Journal
About the Author
Steve Paulson is Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally syndicated radio program "To the Best of Our Knowledge." He is a recipient of the Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion. He has written for Salon, Slate, and other publications, and has produced feature stories for NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered."
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ATOMS & EDEN: Conversations on Religion and Science written by Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally syndicated radio program To The Best of Our Knowledge, uses the tools of interviews with clergy and scientists, believers and non-believers alike, to provide a tool for intelligent discussion and research for today's readers. His interviews with scientists of various disciplines, clergy of differing faith persuaions and those who choose to be known as atheists are like discovering nuggets of gold in a muddy stream of water.
This is a thoughtful, challenging book great for personal engagement with the struggle between science and relgion and for study groups whether or not in local churches.
These are some of our greatest thinkers, and none are closed-minded. You won't find anyone here who rejects the overwhelming evidence for evolution; Paulson purposefully excludes fringe theorists like "young earth" believers and intelligent design proponents, preferring to stay on the cutting edge of both science and religion. But what you will find here is an appreciation for today's mysteries, like consciousness.
There's another hot spot that's sure to start an argument: the whole mind-body question. It's very hard to figure out what's going on when you throw together 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections, but is our mind (in religious terms our soul) hidden in there? Surprisingly, the majority of our greatest thinkers punt on the subject, sometimes suggesting consciousness is a topic we'll never understand. As Dawkins says, "consciousness is ... a very, very big problem."
I found the book fascinating and, of course, highly intelligent; the best of its kind I've read. This is not a book about accepting or rejecting a particular caricature of God, such as the Judeo-Christian God. It is about the big questions: Can consciousness survive after death? (atheist Sam Harris: "I just don't know.") Is human existence a lucky evolutionary accident? Does the universe have a purpose? Is faith evil or necessary?
Buy this one.