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A Layman Looks at Philosophy - and a little science - cover

A Layman Looks at Philosophy - and a little science

Cyril Tomkins

Publisher: Brown Dog Books

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Summary

Scientists and philosophers often do not see eye to eye, particularly on the evolution of Man and his Mind. This book evaluates these differences from a layman’s perspective. It also explores the origins of the main areas of philosophy and relates them to practical use at the individual, corporate or governmental level suggesting that a valuable practical role exists for philosophers.

A layman explored his understanding of philosophical concepts and it revealed to him interesting debates about differences between philosophers and scientists relating to the evolution of Man, implications for understanding God and Religion and different approaches to the meaning of Consciousness and the Mind. The book also seeks the origin of ethics, fairness and compassion, as well as aesthetics and language. Based upon the areas of philosophy reviewed, a framework for a worthwhile existence is offered, which is applicable at individual, corporate or government level. The book ends with a simple model of social evolution, asks what philosophy is for and concludes that there are many issues philosophers should address.

The book should appeal to general readers or students who are interested in, but not expert in, philosophy as well as philosophers and scientists specifically interested in the interface between science and philosophy in areas such as the evolution of Man and Consciousness and the Mind. Decision makers at individual, corporate or government level may like to consider how philosophical concepts inform their strategic judgements. The book might also be fun for other laymen wishing to pursue the route the author has taken.

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