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Only an Immaterial Mind Can Ask “How Does Life Work?”

Science writer Philip Ball, facing cancer surgery, struggles to find meaning and purpose in a wholly material world. He is looking in the wrong place

Science writer Philip Ball found himself in an ironic as well as painful and precarious situation recently: “Just as I was about to publish a book called How Life Works, my own life stopped working as it should.” The imminent publication of his new book on the ways in which our understanding of biology is being radically transformed has been overshadowed by a cancer diagnosis. That has forced him to think in a rather more personal way about how life works (or doesn’t). In the book, he explains that he has come to see the field of biology, about which he has written many books and articles, as undergoing a profound transformation. From the publisher: Several aspects of the standard Read More ›