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The Magician's Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society Paperback – September 30, 2012
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These essays help us understand both Lewis' thinking and the dangers inherent in a morally unleashed technology.
A collection of several essays from many different authors crossing several fields of interest, it lays out a convincing case that Lewis cannot be tied too closely to Darwinism and that he had significant misgivings about the philosophy and application of scientism. So it behooves the reader to be sensitive to several distinctions made abundantly clear by Lewis and in the book - `evolution' and `evoltionism', `science' and `scientism', just to name two of the more prominent distinctions made by the authors and editor.
A careful reading will help the reader debunk a multitude of historical myths and pop-philosophical hand-waving gestures. Were the Middle Ages really dominated by an anti-science church? Did humanity really awaken to scientific truths only after the Enlightenment? Will science serve the advancement of the human species well? Can we disconnect technology from ethical and religions reflection and walk away unscathed? The answers Lewis provided and argued for will surprise most people.
This volume is valuable on several levels.Read more ›
Dr. West, co-editor of the C.S. Lewis Readers' Encyclopedia and author of The Politics of Revelation and Reason and other books, has edited a valuable set of perspectives on Lewis and scientism--the easy if totalist creed so deeply ingrained in the Western mind since Darwin that--to paraphrase a famous Italian totalitarian--all is within science and nothing is outside it.
West illuminates Lewis's perception that a kind of hubris had developed in the early 20th century, especially after Darwin's evolutionary theory had successfully spawned the substitute creation story that nature arose from lifeless matter, evolving by its own laws of selection and chance over measureless eons from an initial unicellular bacterium all the way to the teeming brain of man. In the powerful, later discredited, eugenics movement of his time and in popular books like those of H.G. Wells, Lewis found that a sort of "serious magical endeavor" had emerged as a twin of serious science. He saw in such science, "the magician's twin", in which science had become a religion to itself, credulously accepting of every kind of materialist explanation, no matter how lacking in factual support, and ominously susceptible to the siren song of power--the power to control, even redefine, man for his own good.Read more ›
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Excellent insights into the reasons science is not what we have been lead to believe.Published 11 months ago by middle-way
I enjoyed the book, but I think I would have gotten more from it if I had read more C. S. Lewis to begin with. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JSiv
I have read all of CSL's works. This book pulls lots of the threads together in a manner at once true to Lewis's work and yet giving it new energy, new perspective, and new depth. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jim
I was amazed at how excellent this book is. It is not just an analysis of C.S. Lewis' penetrating thoughts on modern science and scientism, but it explains and analyses the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by DSmith
I thought this book was written by C.S. Lewis, but it is about C. S. Lewis, not written by him.Published on July 4, 2014 by Loren L McCann
West has to learn how to end a sentence! By the time you finish the sentence, you've lost the point and have to re-read it. Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Russ Lynn
Any discerning person seeking truth as real science (not junk science like evolution) can offer, should read this book and others, like Mere Christianity by Lewis.Published on February 11, 2014 by DougC
It is astonishing how prescient Lewis was, as shown by three various contributors demonstrate. So much of what is reported as science today is more like dogma.Published on January 11, 2014 by Dave Davis