Cutting God in Half - And Putting the Pieces Together Again: A New Approach to Philosophy. Pentire Press, March 2010. This book will enthral anyone concerned about ultimate questions – the nature of the universe, the meaning of life, the fate of humanity. It is written in a lively, accessible style, and has original things to say about a number of fundamental issues. It argues that we need to sever the God-of-Power from the God-of-Value. The first is Einstein’s God, the underlying unity in the physical universe that determines how events occur. The second is what is of most value associated with human life – and sentient life more generally. Having cut God in half in this way, the problem then becomes to see how the two halves can be put together again. This is our basic problem: to see how our human world, imbued with meaning and value, can exist and best flourish embedded in the physical universe. This book tackles outstanding aspects of this problem, and in doing so throws out original ideas about science, education, religion, evolutionary theory, free will, quantum theory, and how we should go about tackling impending global crises such as population growth and global warming.
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Awaiting Publication Does Science make Metaphysical Assumptions?
The Problem of Unity in Theoretical Physics
Comprehensibility rather than Beauty
Can Academic Inquiry Help Humanity Create a Civilized World? The Need for an Academic Revolution
The Enlightenment Programme and Karl Popper
Atomistic versus Cosmic Physicalism
A Mug's Game?
Solving the Problem of Induction with Metaphysical Presuppositions
Three Philosophical Problems about Consciousness and their Possible Solution