Book Review

The Problem of War

Full Title: The Problem of War: Darwinism, Christianity, and their Battle to Understand Human Conflict
Author / Editor: Michael Ruse
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2018

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Review © Metapsychology Vol. 23, No. 16
Reviewer: Bob Lane

Ruse ends with “War is a horrible thing. We should work together toward a bigger picture.” Almost no person in this world will disagree with that sentiment. War IS a terrible thing, and we continue to be involved in war year after year after year. Why? Is the answer in our culture? Or is it in our biology? Or, perhaps in our religion? Why do we, knowing of war’s consequences, continue to glorify it, to participate in it, to kill and die for it?

Jerks etc. . . .

A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures

Full Title: A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures
Author / Editor: Eric Schwitzgebel
Publisher: MIT Press, 2019

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Review © Metapsychology Vol. 23, No. 48
Reviewer: Bob Lane

Let me start by quoting Professor Schwitzgebel’s preface:

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Looking back . . .

Life has been good to me!

I have also learned a great deal from my kids. When our first son was about four he went to play school one day and immediately went over to an easel and stood there holding a brush ready to start painting. The teacher came up behind him and said, “What are you going to paint?”

“God,” he said.

“And do you know what God looks like?”

“I will when I finish the painting,” he said as he began to paint.

Here’s a link to an interview with me: Interview. It is long. But interesting!!

Comments are welcome.

Young Bob with even younger Steve.