Being Human

The Search for Order

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

220 pages | © 2002
Cloth $43.00 ISBN: 9781841500256 Published December 2000

We live at a time of unparallelled environmental and moral crisis. Not only do we not believe anything but, despite exponential advances in information production, we do not know very much either. This book is a guide for everyone who, understandably, feels perplexed.

Presenting an explanation of recent findings in science and their relationship with society and politics as we enter the third millennium, the book also seeks to provide guidance towards responsible political action in this current crisis. From new technology's power to preserve the status quo, to the true impetus behind the Human Genome Project, Sean Ó Nualláin brings to topical concerns some much needed clarity.

Complete with reader-friendly summaries to current thought in the biological, physical, and social sciences, the book is designed to be accessible to a general readership, it should also appeal to all those working or studying in the Sciences.

 

Contents

Preface

Introduction

1              The Current crisis

                                The environmental crisis

                                The demographic crisis

                                The economic crisis

                                The political crisis

                                The moral/fideistic/epistemological crisis

 

2              Our Age of Ignorance

                                Noetic Science

                                Physics

                                Biology

                                Economics

                                Technology

                                Psychology

                                Politics and Sociology

                                Religion and Myth

                                                Universals in Religion

                                                Cosmogony

                                                The psychology of the millennium

                                                The problem of human suffering

                                Value

                                Some Conclusions

 

3              Theories of Everything

                Introduction

               

                                Dei ex machine

                                                The sciences of complexity

                                                                Catastrophe theory

                                                                Chaos

                                                                Games

                                                                Something for Nothing?

                                                Information

                                                Computation

                                                Buckserologists (Know-it-alls)

                                Precedence claims and claim-jumps                       

                                Introduction

                                                Physics

                                                Darwinism

                                Eschatologies

                                Stake Takeover

                                Weltanschauungen

                                                Gurdjieff

                                                Marxism

 

Conclusions

 

Appendix A: How does Science Progress?

 

Appendix B: The Reduced History of Physics                                                                      

 

Appendix C: Genetic technologies

 

References

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