Science and Myth


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Science & Myth: With a Response to Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design

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Unrecognized as the fact may be, science has a mythology all its own. Starting with a profound clarification of this basic issue, Wolfgang Smith then explores the metaphysical significance of scientific findings relating to visual perception, the relation of neurons to mind, and more, leading to the central chapter on Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design. After presenting the latter’s entire argument in summary form, Smith proceeds with a magisterial point-by-point rebuttal which leaves Hawking’s thesis in tatters. The author closes with a discussion of metaphysics as a “seeing of the Real” that transcends the limitations of scientific modes of knowing.

“Wolfgang Smith broaches a vast range of subjects with a mastery that bespeaks an immense culture.”
Jean Borella, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Université Nancy-II

About the Author
Wolfgang Smith graduated from Cornell at age eighteen with majors in physics, mathematics, and philosophy. He subsequently contributed a theoretical solution to the re-entry problem for space flight. After taking his doctorate in mathematics at Columbia, he served for thirty years as professor of mathematics at M.I.T., U.C.L.A., and Oregon State University. Smith then devoted himself to correcting the fallacies of scientistic belief, focusing on foundational problems pertaining to quantum theory and visual perception by way of the traditional tripartite cosmology.