What Makes Us Think? by Jean-Pierre Changeux and Paul Ricouer

It will be a long time until scientists and nonscientists will be able to share a worldview, Rudy Baum asserts in a recent article in Chemical and Engineering News. Baum was commenting on two books: Consilience, by Harvard's E. O. Wilson, the progenitor of sociobiology, and Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition, by social philosopher Wendell Berry. For Baum the chasm between Wilson's and Berry's viewpoints shows that the "two cultures" identified by British novelist and scientist C. P. Snow more than 40 years ago are as irreconcilable as ever.

 

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