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By David P. Barash

Many high-profile public intellectuals -- together with "New Atheists" like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and the overdue Christopher Hitchens -- have argued that faith and technological know-how are deeply adverse, representing global perspectives which are completely incompatible. David Barash, a popular biologist with 40 years of expertise, principally consents with them, yet with one very massive exception: Buddhism.

In this attention-grabbing booklet, David Barash highlights the fascinating universal flooring among clinical and non secular suggestion, illuminating the numerous parallels among biology and Buddhism, permitting readers to determine either in a brand new means. certainly, he exhibits that there are many areas the place Buddhist and organic views coincide and make stronger one another. for example, the cornerstone ecological idea -- the interconnectedness and interdependence of all common issues -- is remarkably just like the elemental perception of Buddhism. certainly, an immense Buddhist textual content, the Avatamsaka Sutra, which is composed of ten insights into the "interpenetration" among beings and their surroundings, may well good were written by way of a educated ecologist, simply as present insights in evolutionary biology, genetics and improvement could have been authored through the Buddha himself. Barash underscores different extraordinary similarities, together with a shared mistrust of straightforward cause-and-effect research, an appreciation of the "rightness" of nature, in addition to an acknowledgment of the soreness that effects whilst usual tactics are tampered with. Buddhist Biology exhibits how the concept that of "non-self," so complicated to many Westerners, is absolutely in line with glossy biology, as is the Buddhist standpoint of "impermanence." Barash either demystifies and celebrates the biology of Buddhism and vice versa, displaying in a concluding tour-de-force how glossy Buddhism --shorn of its hocus-pocus and abracadabra -- not just justifies yet really mandates either socially and environmentally "engaged" concept and practice.

Buddhist Biology is a piece of specified highbrow synthesis that sheds remarkable gentle on biology in addition to on Buddhism, highlighting the amazing methods those views come jointly, like strong searchlights that supply complementary and wonderful views at the global and our position in it.
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"I'm skeptical of makes an attempt to reconcile faith with technology. At worst the 2 are incompatible. At most sensible the reconciliation turns out superfluous: why hassle, why not only pass instantly for the technology? but when you need to essay this hard reconciliation, Buddhism is definitely religion's top shot, not less than within the atheistic model espoused by means of David Barash. And the duty is an uphill one, so you'd higher choose a great author to aim it. David Barash, by means of any criteria, is unquestionably a really, excellent writer." -- Richard Dawkins, writer of The egocentric Gene and The God Delusion

"Most atheists flip from faith with feelings among disdain and reduction. now not so David Barash. he's confident that conventional Western religions fall simply because they're refuted via smooth technology, particularly within the evolutionary realm of which he's a grasp. however, in Buddhism he reveals deep insights approximately human nature and our responsibilities to others and to our surroundings. Barash is usually flawed, and infrequently even frustrating. yet as this provocative and stimulating ebook indicates, he's by no means boring." -- Michael Ruse, Professor of Philosophy at Florida kingdom college and Editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolution

"All who're encouraged to go looking for life's which means should be influenced and guided through David Barash's exploration of similarities and ameliorations among Buddhism as a philosophy and smooth evolutionary biology. He demonstrates that combining smooth biology with that old philosophy can yield a deep and gratifying origin for playing an international that doesn't care approximately us." -- Gordon Orians, Former President of the Ecological Society of America

About the Author

David P. Barash, PhD, is Professor of Psychology on the college of Washington. A long-time evolutionary biologist in addition to an aspiring Buddhist, he has been considering the advance of sociobiology in addition to the sphere of Peace stories, and is the writer or co-author of 33 books.

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