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Our Many Misunderstandings
of the World Around Us

A Review of

Scienceblind:
Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong
Andrew Shtulman

Hardback: Basic Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Alisa Williams

 

In an age where scientific information is readily at our fingertips, why do so many people resist or flat-out deny scientific explanations for everything from pasteurization and immunization to geology and genetics? This is the question Andrew Shtulman, a cognitive and developmental psychologist, seeks to answer in his book Scienceblind.

The quick answer is intuitive theories, our “untutored explanations for how the world works,” get in the way of reality (4). These intuitive theories are pervasive and indiscriminate – even scientists with years of study subconsciously resort to false intuitive theories when tested. This alone seems cause for alarm, but Shtulman offers hope. If we can understand why our minds insist on carving “up the world into entities and processes that do not actually exist” then we can also course correct our minds by dismantling those pesky intuitive theories so we can “rebuild them from their foundations” (5).

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Individual, Unknowable Man

A Review of
The Book of Men: Poems.
Dorianne Laux.
Hardback: W.W. Norton, 2011.
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Reviewed by Thomas Turner.

The Book of Men, Dorianne Laux’s latest offering of poetry, is a tableau of the male archetype. The poems, far from presenting the stereotypical nature of man or the masculine, are linked together by the diversity and plainness of different men. Men are captured here in their habitat, specks operating in a humungous and incomprehensible world. No matter how small or great, whether trailer trash or Superman, the men in the poem are set adrift and forlorn but for the simple satisfaction they find in life, women and the world.

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The NY TIMES reviews
Peter Brown’s THE CURIOUS GARDEN

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/books/review/Posesorski-t.html?_r=1

As all good, enduring stories are, “The Curious Garden” is a rich palimpsest. Echoing the themes of “The Secret Garden,” it is an ecological fable, a whimsical tale celebrating perseverance and creativity, and a rousing paean, encouraging every small person and every big person that they too can nurture their patch of earth into their very own vision of Eden.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/books/review/Posesorski-t.html?_r=1
THE CURIOUS GARDEN.
Peter Brown.

Hardcover: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009.
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Scot McKnight Reviews Dallas Willard’s
Newest Book KNOWING CHRIST TODAY.
http://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed/2009/05/dallas-willards-newest.html

This is a good book, and one that puts together many of Willard’s ideas and proposals. The unifying theme of the book is that “knowledge” of Christ can be claimed as a genuine, intellectual, and responsible form of knowing in our world. That theme, however, takes on different forms in this book and different styles of presentation.

To begin with, Willard openly complains about how “knowledge” and the pursuit of truth and acquiring wisdom have dropped from the agenda in universities and therefore in society. He’s right and I like this point very much. He makes the point that too many argue that, and Christians succumb to, the idea that Christianity is “faith” but not “knowledge.”

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http://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed/2009/05/dallas-willards-newest.html
   

KNOWING CHRIST TODAY:
WHY WE CAN TRUST SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE.

Dallas Willard.
Hardcover: HarperOne, 2009.
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Craig Blomberg Reviews NT Wright’s
new book JUSTIFICATION.
http://www.denverseminary.edu/article/justification-gods-plan-and-pauls-vision/

[Wright’s] light-hearted, semi-popular, and somewhat polemical style will no doubt annoy his detractors because over and again, in a variety of ways, he basically insists that they just don’t “get it.” But if those detractors don’t at least qualify or moderate some of their criticism of Wright after reading this volume, they will demonstrate the accuracy of his assessment of them! But let’s let Tom put it in his own words: “Nothing that the Reformation traditions at their best were anxious to stress has been lost. But they are held in place, and I suggest even enhanced, by a cosmic vision, a high ecclesiology generated by Paul’s high Christology and resulting in a high missiology of the renewal of all things, and all framed by the highest doctrine of all, Paul’s vision of the God who made promises and has been faithful to them, the God whose purposes are unsearchable but yet revealed in Jesus Christ and operative through the holy spirit, the God of power and glory but above all of love” (p. 219).

Here, then, is a must read indeed for anyone who cares about what the gospel really is, about how to understand justification in Paul, or about how to glorify God for his amazing plan for the cosmos from creation to consummation.

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http://www.denverseminary.edu/article/justification-gods-plan-and-pauls-vision/

JUSTIFICATION:
GOD’S PLAN AND PAUL’S VISION.

NT Wright.

Hardcover: IVP Academic, 2009.
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