Purpose in the Universe Book

Purpose in the Universe


  • Author : Tim Mulgan
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2015-10-22
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199646142

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Purpose in the Universe Excerpt :

Two familiar worldviews dominate Western philosophy: materialist atheism and the benevolent God of the Abrahamic faiths. Tim Mulgan explores a third way. Ananthropocentric Purposivism claims that there is a cosmic purpose, but human beings are irrelevant to it. Purpose in the Universe develops a philosophical case for Ananthropocentric Purposivism that it is at least as strong as the case for either theism or atheism. He draws on a range of secular andreligious ethical traditions to conclude that a non-human-centred cosmic purpose can ground a distinctive human morality. Our moral practices, our view of the moral universe, and our moral theory are alltransformed if we shift from the familiar choice between a universe without meaning and a universe where humans matter to the less self-aggrandising thought that, while it is about something, the universe is not about us.

Giving the Devil His Due Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

Giving the Devil His Due


  • Author : Michael Shermer
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-04-09
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108489782

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Giving the Devil His Due Excerpt :

Explores how free speech and open inquiry are integral to science, politics, and society for the survival and progress of our species.

The Universe Within Us Book

The Universe Within Us


  • Author : Jane E. Harper
  • Publisher : Baha'i Publishing Trust
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN 10 : 1931847584

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The Universe Within Us Excerpt :

A provocative look at the purpose of life through a mixture of religion, science and personal experience

Nature s Destiny Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Nature s Destiny


  • Author : Michael Denton
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-02
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743237628

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Nature s Destiny Excerpt :

Argues that the universe was configured to give rise to an intelligent species of life forms, namely human beings.

Finding Purpose in a Godless World Book

Finding Purpose in a Godless World


  • Author : Ralph Lewis, MD
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2018-07-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781633883864

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Finding Purpose in a Godless World Excerpt :

A psychiatrist presents a compelling argument for how human purpose and caring emerged in a spontaneous and unguided universe. Can there be purpose without God? This book is about how human purpose and caring, like consciousness and absolutely everything else in existence, could plausibly have emerged and evolved unguided, bottom-up, in a spontaneous universe. A random world--which according to all the scientific evidence and despite our intuitions is the actual world we live in--is too often misconstrued as nihilistic, demotivating, or devoid of morality and meaning. Drawing on years of wide-ranging, intensive clinical experience as a psychiatrist, and his own family experience with cancer, Dr. Lewis helps readers understand how people cope with random adversity without relying on supernatural belief. In fact, as he explains, although coming to terms with randomness is often frightening, it can be liberating and empowering too. Written for those who desire a scientifically sound yet humanistic view of the world, Lewis's book examines science's inroads into the big questions that occupy religion and philosophy. He shows how our sense of purpose and meaning is entangled with mistaken intuitions that events in our lives happen for some intended cosmic reason and that the universe itself has inherent purpose. Dispelling this illusion, and integrating the findings of numerous scientific fields, he shows how not only the universe, life, and consciousness but also purpose, morality, and meaning could, in fact, have emerged and evolved spontaneously and unguided. There is persuasive evidence that these qualities evolved naturally and without mystery, biologically and culturally, in humans as conscious, goal-directed social animals. While acknowledging the social and psychological value of progressive forms of religion, the author respectfully critiques even the most sophisticated theistic arguments for a purposeful universe. Instead, he offers an evidence-based, realistic

Purpose in the Universe Book

Purpose in the Universe


  • Author : Tim Mulgan
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2015-10-22
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191066566

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Purpose in the Universe Excerpt :

Two familiar worldviews dominate Western philosophy: materialist atheism and the benevolent God of the Abrahamic faiths. Tim Mulgan explores a third way. Ananthropocentric Purposivism claims that there is a cosmic purpose, but human beings are irrelevant to it. Purpose in the Universe develops a philosophical case for Ananthropocentric Purposivism that it is at least as strong as the case for either theism or atheism. The book borrows traditional theist arguments to defend a cosmic purpose. These include cosmological, teleological, ontological, meta-ethical, and mystical arguments. It then borrows traditional atheist arguments to reject a human-centred purpose. These include arguments based on evil, diversity, and the scale of the universe. Mulgan also highlights connections between morality and metaphysics, arguing that evaluative premises play a crucial and underappreciated role in metaphysical debates about the existence of God, and Ananthropocentric Purposivism mutually supports an austere consequentialist morality based on objective values. He concludes that, by drawing on a range of secular and religious ethical traditions, a non-human-centred cosmic purpose can ground a distinctive human morality. Our moral practices, our view of the moral universe, and our moral theory are all transformed if we shift from the familiar choice between a universe without meaning and a universe where humans matter to the less self-aggrandising thought that, while it is about something, the universe is not about us.

The Purpose Guided Universe Book
Score: 3.5
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The Purpose Guided Universe


  • Author : Bernard Haisch
  • Publisher : Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Release Date : 2012-12-04
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781601637338

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The Purpose Guided Universe Excerpt :

In this engrossing new book, Dr. Bernard Haisch contends that there is a purpose and an underlying intelligence behind the Universe, one that is consistent with modern science, especially the Big Bang and evolution. It is based on recent discoveries that there are numerous coincidences and fine-tunings of the laws of nature that seem extraordinarily unlikely. A more rational concept of God is called for. As astrophysicist Sir James Jeans wrote, “the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.” Despite bestsellers by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris that have denounced the evils of religion and proclaimed that science has shown that there is no God, The Purpose-Guided Universe shows how one can believe in God and science.

The Universe Has Your Back Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

The Universe Has Your Back


  • Author : Gabrielle Bernstein
  • Publisher : Hay House, Inc
  • Release Date : 2016-09-27
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781401952013

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The Universe Has Your Back Excerpt :

“A new role model.”— The New York Times In The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live. Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power. Gabrielle says, “My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love. ” When readers follow this path, they ’ll begin to feel a swell of energy move through them. They will find strength when they are down, synchronicity and support when they ’re lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy when they are otherwise in pain. Follow the secrets revealed in this book to unleash the presence of your power and know always that The Universe Has Your Back.

A God That Could be Real Book
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings

A God That Could be Real


  • Author : Nancy Ellen Abrams
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807075951

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A God That Could be Real Excerpt :

A paradigm-shifting blend of science, religion, and philosophy for the agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded reader Many people are fed up with the way traditional religion alienates them, perpetuates conflict, vilifies science, and undermines reason. Nancy Abrams—a philosopher of science, lawyer, and lifelong atheist—is among them, but she has also found freedom in imagining a higher power. In A God That Could Be Real, Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God. She dismantles several common assumptions about God and shows why an omniscient, omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with science—but that this doesn’t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us. Moving away from traditional arguments for God, Abrams finds something worthy of the name “God” in the new science of emergence: just as a complex ant hill emerges from the collective behavior of individually clueless ants, and just as the global economy emerges from the interactions of billions of individuals’ choices, God, she argues, is an “emergent phenomenon” that arises from the staggering complexity of humanity’s collective aspirations and is in dialogue with every individual. This God did not create the universe—it created the meaning of the universe. It’s not universal—it’s planetary. It can’t change the world, but it helps us change the world. A God that could be real, Abrams shows us, is what humanity needs to inspire us to collectively cooperate to protect our warming planet and create a long-term civilization.

The Significance of Humans in the Universe Book

The Significance of Humans in the Universe


  • Author : Luke Vandenberghe
  • Publisher : Rushmore Press LLC
  • Release Date : 2020-10-20
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 1953223850

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The Significance of Humans in the Universe Excerpt :

The singularity of the Big Bang caused the universe. As far as we know, we humans are the only intelligent species in the universe. The inanimate universe is the progenitor of life. Humans form an essential part of the universe because we are its consciousness. We, humans, are the cognitive part of the universe.

God s Universe Book
Score: 4
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God s Universe


  • Author : Owen Gingerich
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 139
  • ISBN 10 : 0674023706

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God s Universe Excerpt :

The author argues that individuals can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design in a critical examination of how it is possible to contemplate a universe in which God plays an interactive role that is not excluded by science.

What s the Point of Life  Death and the Universe  Book

What s the Point of Life Death and the Universe


  • Author : Gurdeep Brar
  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Release Date : 2012-11
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781460205716

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What s the Point of Life Death and the Universe Excerpt :

"The unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates Have you ever wondered what the purpose of life is? Why humans are here on earth? Have you thought about what will happen when your heart stops beating? Where you will go after you die? Have you ever questioned what the point of life, death, and the universe is? What's the Point of Life, Death, and the Universe?: Find Out Why You Exist answers the profound questions that every human being asks themselves. With heartwarming passion and grace, author Gurdeep Brar explains the realities of our existence, including our relationship with ourselves, the universe, the spirit world, and the paranormal world. It is part memoir, part spiritual manifesto, and part self-help work-book. Thought provoking questions conclude chapters, which will actively engage you, and help you understand your life. With the utmost compassion, this book will guide you through your own special spiritual journey. It will improve every aspect of your life and help you find the meaning and purpose for your existence. What's the Point of Life, Death, and the Universe?: Find Out Why You Exist answers the profound questions that every human being asks themselves. With heartwarming passion and grace, author Gurdeep Brar explains the realities of our existence, including why we are here, what the purpose of life is, and where we go in the afterlife.

A Universe from Nothing Book
Score: 3.5
From 40 Ratings

A Universe from Nothing


  • Author : Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-01-10
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451624472

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A Universe from Nothing Excerpt :

Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place. “Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?” One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With a new preface about the significance of the discovery of the Higgs particle, A Universe from Nothing uses Krauss’s characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations to take us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it’s going to end. Provocative, challenging, and delightfully readable, this is a game-changing look at the most basic underpinning of existence and a powerful antidote to outmoded philosophical, religious, and scientific thinking.

The Fallacy of Fine Tuning Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Fallacy of Fine Tuning


  • Author : Victor J. Stenger
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2011-04-15
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 345
  • ISBN 10 : 9781616144449

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The Fallacy of Fine Tuning Excerpt :

A number of authors have noted that if some physical parameters were slightly changed, the universe could no longer support life, as we know it. This implies that life depends sensitively on the physics of our universe. Does this "fine-tuning" of the universe suggest that a creator god intentionally calibrated the initial conditions of the universe such that life on earth and the evolution of humanity would eventually emerge? In his in-depth and highly accessible discussion of this fascinating and controversial topic, the author looks at the evidence and comes to the opposite conclusion. He finds that the observations of science and our naked senses not only show no evidence for God, they provide evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that God does not exist.