Evolution as a Religion: Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears

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Mary Midgley


Evolution as a Religion

Strange hopes and stranger fears

Revised edition, with a new introduction by
the author

London and New York

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Introduction viii
  • 1 - Evolutionary Dramas 1
  • 2 - Do Science and Religion Compete? 11
  • 3 - Demarcation Disputes 22
  • 4 - The Irresistible Escalator 33
  • 5 - Choosing a World 40
  • 6 - The Problem of Direction 54
  • 7 - Scientist and Superscientist 64
  • 8 - Dazzling Prospects 76
  • 9 - Black Holes: Jacques Monod and the Isolation of 'science' 86
  • 10 - Freedom and the Monte Carlo Drama 95
  • 11 - Scientific Education and Human Transience 104
  • 12 - Mixed Antitheses 112
  • 13 - Science, Scepticism and Awe 122
  • 14 - The Service of Self and the Service of Kali 134
  • 15 - Who or What is Selfish? 143
  • 16 - Dreaming and Waking 155
  • 17 - The Limits of Individualism 163
  • 18 - The Vulnerable World and Its Claims on Us 174
  • Notes 192
  • Index 201
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