Stuart Kauffman on Poetry vs. Science and the Possibilities for Atheist Spirituality

Atheist spirituality? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Below is biologist and complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman speaking to the Centre for Inquiry in Ontario. In the talk, Kauffman is laying out some of the arguments that he makes in his book Reinventing the Sacred (Basic Books, 2008). Kauffman is an atheist who nevertheless thinks that it makes sense to use the word God:

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About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Stuart Kauffman on Poetry vs. Science and the Possibilities for Atheist Spirituality

  1. Neat stuff. He’s quite soft-spoken given his central point. I blogged about Kauffman a while ago, and appreciate that he’s here simplifying for a wider audience. According to critics, not only is his argument apparently scientifically unsound (who cares!?), but if you believe a recent article in Telos about “Left Spinozism”, then he’s also unconsciously being an apologist for human extremes…

    Damned if you do…

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