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  • Title: Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves
  • Author: James Le Fanu
  • ISBN: 9780375421983
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The triumph of science in explaining man s unique place in the universe might seem almost complete But in this lucid and compelling account, James Le Fanu describes how in the recent past science has come face to face with two seemingly unanswerable questions concerning the nature of genetic inheritance and the workings of the brain questions that suggest there is, afThe triumph of science in explaining man s unique place in the universe might seem almost complete But in this lucid and compelling account, James Le Fanu describes how in the recent past science has come face to face with two seemingly unanswerable questions concerning the nature of genetic inheritance and the workings of the brain questions that suggest there is, after all, than we can know Scientists do not do wonder, he writes in his introduction Rather they have interpreted the world through the prism of supposing there is nothing in principle that cannot be accounted for But Le Fanu argues that there is nothing so full of wonder as life itself As revealed by recent scientific research, it is simply not possible to get from the monotonous sequence of genes strung out along the double helix to the infinite beauty and diversity of the living world, or from the electrical activity of the brain to the richness and abundant creativity of the human mind Le Fanu s exploration of these mysteries, and his analysis of where they might lead us in our thinking about the nature and purpose of human existence, form the impassioned and riveting heart of Why Us
    Why Us How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves The triumph of science in explaining man s unique place in the universe might seem almost complete But in this lucid and compelling account James Le Fanu describes how in the recent past science has

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    1. Wow, this book was truly an adventure The book opens with a recent history of the significant discoveries in the field of genetics and neurology as possessing immense potential and within which lie the secrets of life it wasn t found to be that easy Le Fanu s central thesis is that science has foolishly reduced humans and animals to merely products of an aimless trajectory somehow always eventually proving positive to the species Just as Marx reduced human history as stemming from economic motiv [...]

    2. A fascinating expose of the limits reached so far by mainstream science Some reviews criticized Le Fanu for not providing an alternative to evolution, but I thought his debunking of it was credible for its honesty in saying it doesn t work, and we don t have an alternative His discussions of conciousness, the double helix genes, our ability to communicate, and brain development all point to some influence outside of our current knowledge and he seemed at pains to ensure he wasn t advocating the [...]

    3. This is not a creationist book, and I appreciate that Le Faunu took a lot of time going through evolution piece by piece and taking a very realistic look at what he felt was known so far he did miss a few things but we will let that slide for the time being , and given what information he had, he basically built a defense against a wholesale acceptance of Evolution This is fine, and I think he did this fairly well What I did not appreciate was two things First of all as with EVERYONE who has som [...]

    4. Fanu thinks along the same lines as Thomas Nagel He does not believe the Neo Darwinian thesis can account for all that it claims He takes us through a history of science lesson in chemistry and neurobiology and argues that both fail to adequately explain a purely materialistic account of life.

    5. I had two distinct reactions to this book and I want to acknowledge this is the 1st book I read on Kindle e reader I do have an interest in the relationship between science and religion I think both science and religion should have a commitment to seeking truth I am not a Biblical literalist I do not go to the Bible when I want to learn about science Though I believe in God, I am comfortable with studies in anthropology, biology, archaeology, evolution, etc I do not feel threatened by these stud [...]

    6. This book may seem like an argument for creationism, but it isn t In truth, this book is about why science cannot reach the ultimate answers that mankind has been searching for since we ve first separated ourselves from the rest of the animal kingdom By breaking down the limits of science, what happened with Human Genome Project that created mysteries and questions than we had before the project started, and how the brain is of an enigma than we originally thought, Le Fanu shows that humans ar [...]

    7. Le Fanu is a profound writer, and though I found much of this work somewhat heavy going, the ideas he expresses are worthy of much thought and contemplation I especially appreciated his treatment of the history of materialist science, and explanations of its limits in light of modern work with the genome project, and with brain science, brain imaging, and the mind I m intrigued by his argument about the dual nature of reality, the material and the non material, and feel that further study would [...]

    8. Definitely liked this book The author took a chance and detailed the known science behind the genetic code and how little we know despite all the gene mapping about how this translates into the function of man and that our genetic code is only slightly less than the fruit fly.His discussion of our advances in neurosciences with PET scans while remarkable, don t even touch on how the brain functions on a complex cellular basis with regard to cognitive function, feeling, sensing and calculation as [...]

    9. Very interesting story The author brings in an enormous amount of information and arguments that there is an end to our knownledge Good to read that others have also their doubts about many claims of scientists In the first half of the book I had the hope that the author may give some alternative.Clearly he is no supporter of the creationists, but I expected some philosophic considerations how to deal with his conclusions He gave no such clues Disappointing

    10. If you love science, nature, or history you should get this book LeFanu is a wonderful writer and he conveys joy and wonder while he explains scientific things that I otherwise would not even try to read about.

    11. Easy to read science book about how the last decade with it s examination of the brain using PET scans and the breaking of the human genome has not answered the questions of the origin of man, but just created new questions.

    12. I want to buy everyone I know a copy of Why Us In fact, I m checking right now.A mind expanding presentation of life.

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