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Author: Alex Rosenberg
ISBN13: 978-0393080230
Title: The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions
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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (October 3, 2011)
Pages: 368

The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions by Alex Rosenberg



Philosopher Alex Rosenberg maintains that science is the only thing that can really answer them-all of them. His bracing and ultimately upbeat book takes physics seriously as the complete description of reality and accepts all its consequences. He shows how physics makes Darwinian We can't avoid the persistent questions about the meaning of life-and the nature of reality. Philosopher Alex Rosenberg maintains that science is the only thing that can really answer them-all of them. The New Republic dubbed The Atheist's Guide to Reality the worst book of 2011. Although it is indeed bad, I have a hard time believing this claim given the fact that this was also the year in which Dick and Liz Cheney’s In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir was released.

The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions.

The Atheist’s Guide to Reality will, like the best scholarship and science, remove you from your comfort zone. And that is the only way to gain new and better perspectives on our place in the cosmos. Lawrence Krauss A Universe From Nothing. I enjoyed this book in spite of the fact that it undermines so many of my own philosophical views. While I’m certainly skeptical of religion, I do believe that philosophy, history, literature, and the social sciences provide actual, if non-scientific, knowledge about reality and human affairs. Rosenberg seems to see these disciplines as having nothing more than entertainment value. Only the hard sciences provide true knowledge.

A book for nonbelievers who embrace the reality-driven life. We can't avoid the persistent questions about the meaning of life-and the nature of reality.

The Atheist’s Guide to Realityis the latest book by Alex Rosenberg, a leading philosopher of science, and the most comprehensive statement of physicalist naturalism in contemporary philosophy. Questions about the existence of God and his attributes, however, are not dealt with in the book. Rosenberg simply assumes the truth of atheism.

The book expands the campaign of militant modern atheism, the offensive launched against religion by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. Rosenberg’s broadsides attack a wider horizon.

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A book for nonbelievers who embrace the reality-driven life.

We can't avoid the persistent questions about the meaning of life-and the nature of reality. Philosopher Alex Rosenberg maintains that science is the only thing that can really answer them―all of them. His bracing and ultimately upbeat book takes physics seriously as the complete description of reality and accepts all its consequences. He shows how physics makes Darwinian natural selection the only way life can emerge, and how that deprives nature of purpose, and human action of meaning, while it exposes conscious illusions such as free will and the self. The science that makes us nonbelievers provides the insight into the real difference between right and wrong, the nature of the mind, even the direction of human history. The Atheist's Guide to Reality draws powerful implications for the ethical and political issues that roil contemporary life. The result is nice nihilism, a surprisingly sanguine perspective atheists can happily embrace.
Reviews: 7
Nkeiy
If you know something about the history of philosophy, then you’re probably aware that there are many conceptions about the true nature of reality. And it’s notoriously difficult to know, with certainty, which of these conceptions is true. The great philosophical traditions form an ongoing debate going back several thousand years. Philosophers continue to publish books defending or criticizing one of these traditions—signaling that the debate continues up to the present day.

In The Atheist’s Guide to Reality, Alex Rosenberg asserts that modern science has ended the debate for all time. “The basic things everything is made up of,” writes Rosenberg, “are fermions and bosons…that’s it” (p. 21). Physics tells us what reality is and there is nothing more. Sure, physicists still have a lot to learn about reality, but the broad outlines are set and we can be confident they won’t change.

This is at least a reasonable position, even if many of us have a hard time accepting it. Where Rosenberg really presses the implications is with our common sense notions about consciousness. What seems to be the most important feature about our experience is largely non-existent. Neuroscientists have “established that many of the most obvious things introspection tells you about your mind are illusions” (p. 148). Whether you accept Rosenberg’s conclusions about the mind or not, it’s well worth reading his chapter on consciousness.

I enjoyed this book in spite of the fact that it undermines so many of my own philosophical views. While I’m certainly skeptical of religion, I do believe that philosophy, history, literature, and the social sciences provide actual, if non-scientific, knowledge about reality and human affairs. Rosenberg seems to see these disciplines as having nothing more than entertainment value. Only the hard sciences provide true knowledge. I’m not ready to fully accept this position; maybe someday.

There are many interesting sections in this book. I liked his discussions of anti-depressants, criminal justice, and Epicurean philosophy. This is also the best book I’ve read about the continuity of physics through the other hard sciences (biology, cognitive neuroscience, etc.). If you’re at least open to notion that only modern science provides access to truth and reality, you’ll probably appreciate this book. Alternatively, if you cannot accept the possibility that ultimately physics is all there is, this book is unlikely to convince you.
Ustamya
Not a book about atheism but anybody reading this book will become an atheist. At the age of 81 I have been through many stages starting as an orthodox Jew training as a rabbi and finally realising that I was not a believer. Riddled with guilt until I came across Christopher Hitchings and Richard Dawkins and realised that I was part of an athiest community. Alex Rosenberg in his book makes it clear that atheism is not an option but the only reasonable explanation of the universe. No! He does not propose that life has any meaning other than the meaning we give it. A really enlightening book and should be read by every fundamentalist.
Grillador
This is a truly extraordinary book that can change you life. Dr. Rosenberg writes clearly and with humor about very difficult topics such as the second law of thermodynamics,free will,determinism and the existence of God. At first you might be put off by his conclusions as I was but you are forced to seriously consider them until you finally are overwhelmed by the logic of his arguments and admit that he is right. For me it was a truly liberating experience to be free from heavy weight of Christianity on my shoulders. A word of warning: Dr. Rosenberg takes no prisoners. You will be shocked by some of his observations. But the truth of them is something that cannot be denied. I can guarantee that this book will expand your consciousness. I liked it so much that I purchased a second copy because made so many markings on my first. The author delivers big time. The title says it all.
Jode
I found this book to be arrogant and simplistic. I’ve practiced naturalistic attitude for quite some time now and was looking for some fresh views. None were found here. If I had to sum up this book in one sentence, it would be this “What we think of as temperature is really just the average speed of atoms — therefore there is no temperature.” It’s not quite as bad but it’s not far either. I don’t need convincing that there is no free will or anything, and still I found this book utterly unconvincing. Could only muster half of it. Surprised that Goldstein gave it a positive review.
Prinna
Would have given 5 stars but some factual errors which the author owns up to precluded that. Such an ambitious attempt to convince must inevitably allow for tares among the wheat I guess. I purchased based on an impressive YouTube video from 2012 with Sean Carroll et al. Alex R. was very engaging and candid in his presentations. I already had inclinations toward his point of view, and this book made me feel good along with my Celexa. He has a sequel coming from MIT Press. Hope to get that one, also. A great author !
Anarahuginn
Very well written book for anyone wondering how one can possibly an atheist in a world in which so many things go....wrong.
Ishnllador
Gave 5 stars for Rosenberg's thesis which highly resonated with me. The book is not that well written, is repetitive, and seems to be in an argument (justifiably so, given what he is saying.) On the other hand, his logic makes sense... By reading the book, I've changed ... I don't chase after, don't worry so much.. and enjoy life more. Highly recommend the book.
I've read a lot of atheist books. This one has a lot of new and interesting things to say. Some I completely agreed with, others really made me think. Very cool book. It'd be good as a gift.