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By Dorion Sagan

In the pursuit of information, Dorion Sagan argues during this dazzlingly eclectic, conscientiously crafted, and deliciously witty selection of essays, medical authoritarianism and philosophical obscurantism are both bold hindrances to discovery. As technology has develop into extra really expert and extra expensive, its questing spirit has been limited by means of dogma. And philosophy, possibly the self-discipline most sensible positioned to query orthodoxy, has retreated at the back of dense theoretical language and arcane issues of learning.

Guided by means of a capacious, democratic view of technological know-how encouraged by means of the examples set by way of his past due parents—Carl Sagan, who popularized the examine of the cosmos, and Lynn Margulis, an evolutionary biologist who again and again clashed with the clinical establishment—Sagan attracts on classical and modern philosophy to intrude provocatively in often-charged debates on thermodynamics, linear and nonlinear time, objective, ethics, the hyperlinks among language and psychedelic medications, the quest for extraterrestrial intelligence, and the career of the human physique through microbial others. educated by way of a countercultural sensibility, a deep engagement with speculative suggestion, and a hardheaded medical skepticism, he advances debatable positions on such probably sacrosanct topics as evolution and entropy. whilst, he creatively considers quite a lot of thinkers, from Socrates to Bataille and Descartes to von Uexküll, to mirror on intercourse, biopolitics, and the loose will of Kermit the Frog.

Refreshingly nonconformist and polemically incisive, Cosmic Apprentice demanding situations readers to reject either dogma and cliché and as an alternative get better the highbrow spirit of experience that should—and can as soon as again—animate either technology and philosophy.

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