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Amy Corzine

The Secret Life of the Universe

Religion and Science are often seen as opposing one another, but in fact they are both ways of searching for the truth about the universe. Could it be that in time science will come to converge with what has previously been seen as mystical or religous. Such is the claim of Amy Corzine in The Secret Life of the Universe: The Quest for the Soul of Science

Well at least that's what the blurb suggests. The trouble is that it's hard to see just what the book is saying. It jumps around from topic to topic, never staying with one long enough to give any useful information. The only consistent thing is a nagging criticism of Western society - it seems its easy to be negative about the society we live in, especially when you aren't constrained by facts. But one might hope that someone recommending a positive outlook on life could have followed her own recommendation. It's such as shame - towards the end Corzine devotes a whole ten pages to the subject of near death experiences and this is enough to begin to be of interest. But there are so many other things that could have been interesting if they had been dealt with more fully, such as Corzine's time with the Findhorn community. The book may be of use to those who want for a starting point for looking into the convergence of science and mysticism - it has useful endnotes, bibliography and resources pages. Otherwise I would suggest that you leave it alone.

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Paperback 276 pages  
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Weight:0.7 lbs
Published: 2008 Watkins
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Published: 2008 Watkins
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Blending Eastern and Western philosophies with insights into nature, ecology, and physiology, this exploration of the place of humankind within the universe —and our individual stations—is both intellectual and approachable. Thinkers, writers, scientists, and educators of all stripes come together to examine subjects ranging from the nature of reality to brain science to the impact of technology on our world views, and more. They reveal that “the universe” may actually be comprised of multiple “universes” that overlap like the skin of an onion; peel away one layer of reality, and there’s others waiting to be experienced, if not completely understood. The book presents intriguing ideas from visionaries ranging from Jesus to Galileo, Newton to Descartes, and Kant to Einstein, among many others.