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Book Title: Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information|
The author of the book: Robert Wright
ISBN 13: 9780060972578
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 518 KB
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Reader ratings: 3.4
Date of issue: September 1st 1989
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I gave it 4 stars, not because I walked away with a vast amount of new knowledge, but because I believe I only grasped about 3/4's of what was said. It's not that writing was poor (it wasn't) it was just that I felt at times my brain was saying, "Whoa, pal, you're getting into some strange territory here that I'm just not comfortable with," causing me to have to re-read things several times and finally just read on under the belief that it's better to keep moving along in hope that you can grasp and retain the broader points. Maybe that's what a really good book is. Maybe that's why you need to go back and read the great one's over and over again to pick out stuff you didn't see, or grasp, previously.
What this book does do is make you think. Not only that, it makes you think about things that you thought you knew or had thought about before, only now you're thinking of them much more deeply and with much more awe. The universe is a computer simulation? Yes I've heard that. The universe is a computer simulation because "something" created it to try to figure out a problem? That "something" can't know for sure what the future holds without witnessing the future itself unfold? My mind went a hundred different directions at once trying to wrap itself around that one.
It's like that through many parts of the book, but the first section on the universe being run by a computer was definitely my favorite.
This is great writing, and great writing deserves to be read. Don't let the date of this book chase you away. It's worthy of a read...multiple readings, in fact.
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ROBERT WRIGHT is the author of The Moral Animal, Nonzero, and Three Scientists and Their Gods. The New York Times selected The Moral Animal as one of the ten best books of the year and the other two as notable books of the year.
Wright is a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A contributing editor at The New Republic, he has also written for Time, Slate, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker.
Wright has taught in the philosophy department at Princeton and the psychology department at the University of Pennsylvania, and is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and editor in chief of Bloggingheads.tv.