In this Book

University of California Press
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Debunking myths behind what is known collectively as the new cosmology—a grand, overlapping set of narratives that claim to bring science and spirituality together—Lisa H. Sideris offers a searing critique of the movement’s anthropocentric vision of the world. In Consecrating Science, Sideris argues that instead of cultivating an ethic of respect for nature, the new cosmology encourages human arrogance, uncritical reverence for science, and indifference to nonhuman life. Exploring moral sensibilities rooted in experience of the natural world, Sideris shows how a sense of wonder can foster environmental attitudes that will protect our planet from ecological collapse for years to come. 

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Return of Mythopoeic Science
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Seeking What Is Good in Wonder
  2. pp. 14-28
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  1. 2. The Book of Nature and the Book of Science: Richard Dawkins on Wonder
  2. pp. 29-49
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  1. 3. E. O. Wilson’s Ionian Enchantment: A Tale of Two Realities
  2. pp. 50-82
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  1. 4. Evolutionary Enchantment and Denatured Religious Naturalism
  2. pp. 83-115
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  1. 5. Anthropic and Anthropocene Narratives of the New Cosmology
  2. pp. 116-145
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  1. 6. Genesis 2.0: The Epic of Evolution as Religion of Reality
  2. pp. 146-168
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  1. 7. Making Sense of Wonder
  2. pp. 169-202
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-250
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  1. Glossary of Terms
  2. pp. 251-254
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  1. References
  2. pp. 255-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-282
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