I love reading books dealing with science, philosophy, theology, and religion. And when the opportunity arose to review a book looking at evolution from a philosophical perspective, I was more than excited. And Steve McIntosh’s Evolution’s Purpose did not disappoint.
The book starts off kind of slow, as he gives you a brief overview of Integral Philosophy and a sort of history of worldviews. Integral theory, as it is also called, is an emerging area of discussion that seeks to bring together the best aspects of pre-modern, modern, and postmodern worldviews into an all-encompassing view of the world, its purpose, and what it means and where it is headed.
McIntosh is focusing his discussion on evolution and seeking to philosophically bridge the chasm between science and religion to show that culture itself is evolving and moving in a forward direction. That there is value and purpose to the universe. He does so convincingly.
He spends ample time countering the prevailing materialism of the scientific community to show that there is more to the world than that which we can see without espousing intelligent design or other controversial, or even mythological, accounts of origins. He looks at the scientific evidence for evolution and shows how things have progressed and improved and will continue to do so.
He concludes the book with a discussion on how, as a world culture, we can evolve toward solving the biggest problems we all face together as a planet.
If you like philosophy, science, and evolutionary theory, than this is a book for you. I’d even recommend it to those who are adamantly opposed to evolution because it shows that not all scientists take a defeatist attitude toward the world we live in and see it as meaningless. McIntosh sees the world as pregnant with meaning and purpose. And if we wish to solve our world’s problems, than we should as well.
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