John Gray

Shocks to the System

Headhunters: The Search for a Science of the Mind

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Summing up the current intellectual situation, Ben Shephard writes:

On the face of it we now live in a completely new world. All the old gods are dead – neither nationalism, Marxism, psychoanalysis nor Christianity any longer provides philosophical ballast. Instead, the modern intellectual landscape is dominated by two phenomena, Neo-Darwinian genetics and modern neuroscience – just as it was in the 1890s. 

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