The Marginalian: Why Science and Philosophy Need Each Other

Extended, illustrated excerpt of COSMIC APPRENTICE by Dorion Sagan, by Maria Popova in The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings)/

A renowned writer takes us on an intellectual thrill ride to challenge scientific and philosophical dogmaAs if to define what science is and what philosophy is weren’t hard enough, to delineate how the two fit together appears a formidable task, one that has spurred rather intense opinions. But that’s precisely what Dorion Sagan, who has previously examined the prehistoric history of sex, braves in the introduction to Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science (public library) as he sets out to explore the intricate ways in which the two fields hang “in a kind of odd balance, watching each other, holding hands.”

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Published in: The Marginalian
By: Maria Popova