Week Four 1/2

I've just finished reading "The Constant Fire" by Adam Frank. He has many fascinating things to say about the connections between Science and Religion. I think many of his ideas have a direct relation to the false security of Instrumental Rationality. He makes a compelling argument for the necessity of what he calls "the sacred" in all areas of our lives, and the role of hierophany in illuminating and giving meaning to our existence. Page 109 has a stirring description of the essential work of artists in expressing our vision of the world.

Publisher's Weekly says: "[H]ere is a scientist who respects religion and relates it to the same impulse that drives scientific inquiry—an aspiration to the true and the real. ... His history of ideas is real science braided with myth and metaphor—the titular constant fire comes from poet Wallace Stevens."

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