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The imperative to ‘know thyself' is both fundamental and profoundly elusive – for how can we ever truly comprehend the drama and complexity of the human experience?In ‘Why Us?' James Le Fanu offers a fascinating exploration of the power and limits of science to penetrate the deep mysteries of our existence, challenging the certainty that has persisted since Charles Darwin's ‘Origin of Species' that we are no more than the fortuitous consequence of a materialist evolutionary process.
`The beauty of this book is that it reclaims the most profound reality that any of us know - the reality of our selves - from a scientific world that seeks to deny choice, wonder, and mystery. Le Fanu infuses his book with a sense of the miraculous...It is impossible to express how refreshing I found this beautifully written and profound book...The fact that these rarely stated realities are so superbly brought to life here makes this a brave, brilliant and fascinating book.' Tim Lott, Sunday Telegraph
`"Why Us?" explores the fascinating ramifications of these insights, from explaining the gaps in the theory of evolution to re-examining the notion of a human soul. Le Fanu's argument is simple and compelling; a bold attempt to reunite science with a sense of wonder.' Sunday Times
`Enthralling...One of the glories of Le Fanu's scientifically erudite and beautifully written book is that such a sense of wonder is evident on every page, even as he lucidly analyses the limitations of that narrow intellectual prison in which science has languished too long.' Christopher Booker, Spectator
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 29th April 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.6 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.23