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“Unlike the other books of the Pentateuch, Genesis gives its readers more space to contemplate its meaning. Kass has taken full advantage of this freedom to contemplate Genesis’ concept of human existence. In this respect, what he says is rich and profound.” —New Republic’s David Novak
“A learned and fluent walk through the Gates of Eden, delightfully overstuffed… Kass is the product of combining Harold Bloom and Stephen Jay Gould. “A brilliant interpretation of Genesis.” —Starred by Kirkus Reviews
Real, after Abraham appears in Genesis 12, the Bible’s account of “human history” takes on a distinct and singular character, with a segment of humanity having a special relationship with the biblical God. Unaided philosophic rationality would not be able to discover or even accept such a teaching. However, the so-called universal human history of the first eleven chapters—from conception to the Tower of Babel—is not the same.
To be sure, these stories also feature specific characters and incidents, such as Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah and the flood. However, when read philosophically, they express a universal teaching about “human nature,” an anthropology in the true sense of the word: a logos (account) of anthropos (the human being). The stories of the first eleven chapters include (among other things) a coherent anthropology that rivals anything created by the great philosophers, without using logic or philosophical terminology (there is no biblical Hebrew word for “nature”). To see this, we must learn to read Genesis 1 as providing a sense of “beginning” that is more than historical.
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We often need to respond instinctively to a speeding taxi as we step off the curb or to the subtle facial signals of an angry boss to survive physically or psychologically. When working through an algebra problem, the automatic mode of thought, which is not under voluntary control, contrasts with the need to slow down and consciously fiddle with pencil and paper. The subject of Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman’s new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, is on these two processes that the brain uses to process knowledge (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC., 2011). The first chapter, “The Characters of the Story,” introduces readers to these structures in the following excerpt. (This image has been used with permission.)
Understanding the difference between quick and slow thought may aid us in finding more realistic solutions to the challenges we face as a society. In the March issue of the journal Nature Climate Change, for example, a commentary explained how carbon labeling that appeals to both structures could be more effective than previous attempts to change consumer behaviors. (Nature Publishing Group owns Scientific American.) Understanding our thought processes will also help us make more personal choices. In a lecture given at the National Academy of Sciences’ “The Science of Science Communication” conference last month, Kahneman discussed how understanding the weaknesses of each method will help us catch our own mistakes.
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In the 1836 first edition of Nature, Emerson prefaced the prose text with a quotation from the Neoplatonic philosopher Plotinus. Instead, a poem by Emerson was included in the 1849 second edition. Both of these examples present themes that are formed in the essay. The passage from Plotinus indicates that spirit and human knowledge have precedence over nature. Emerson’s poem stresses the unity of all natural manifestations, the symbolism of nature, and the eternal creation of all of nature’s forms toward the highest expression as embodied in man.
An introduction and eight chapters make up Nature. Emerson laments, in the introduction, the modern trend of accepting past experience and rituals rather than directly observing God and nature in the present. He claims that our life experiences and the world around us will answer all of our questions about the order of the universe, including the relationships between God, man, and nature. Each individual is a manifestation of creation, and as such, they hold the key to unraveling the universe’s mysteries. Nature is an aspect of the divine as well as a way of comprehending it. Science’s mission is to have a theory of nature, but man has yet to achieve a reality that encompasses all of nature’s forms and phenomena. Nature and spirit, according to Emerson, are components of the world. Nature (the “NOT ME”) is defined by him as everything outside of the inner individual — nature, art, other men, our own bodies. Nature is a term that refers to the natural world that has not been tainted by man. Art is nature combined with man’s willpower. In the essay, Emerson states that he will use the term “nature” in both its traditional and philosophical senses.
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What is the answer to life’s, the universe’s, and everything’s ultimate question? The response was 42 in Douglas Adams’ science-fiction parody “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” with the hardest part being figuring out the real question. Douglas Adams’ joke about 42 struck me as particularly apt, because mathematics has played a significant role in our increasing understanding of our Universe.
The Higgs Boson was predicted using the same method as Neptune and radio waves: mathematics. Our Universe, according to Galileo, is a “grand book” written in the language of mathematics. So, what does it mean that our universe seems to be so mathematical? In my new book “Our Mathematical Universe”, I argue that it means that our universe isn’t just described by math, but that it is math in the sense that we’re all parts of a giant mathematical object, which in turn is part of a multiverse so huge that it makes the other multiverses debated in recent years seem puny in comparison.