Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self

Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self, by Marilynne Robinson ($16.32)

[Note, earlier we read a novel by this author.  Later, I believe we also discussed an essay that she wrote on “the new atheism.”  It appears that this book is a fuller discussion of that topic, and perhaps other related ones as well. — rls]

In this ambitious book, acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson applies her astute intellect to some of the most vexing topics in the history of human thought—science, religion, and consciousness. Crafted with the same care and insight as her award-winning novels, Absence of Mind challenges postmodern atheists who crusade against religion under the banner of science. In Robinson’s view, scientific reasoning does not denote a sense of logical infallibility, as thinkers like Richard Dawkins might suggest. Instead, in its purest form, science represents a search for answers. It engages the problem of knowledge, an aspect of the mystery of consciousness, rather than providing a simple and final model of reality.

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