May 23, 2009

Life Is A Miracle

How to Think About Science
Life Is A Miracle

Wendell Berry is known to the reading public mainly for his poems, essays and novels, not his commentaries on science. But in 2000 he published a surprising book called Life Is A Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition.

The superstition the book denounces is the belief that science will one day give us a complete account of things. Science is admirable, Wendell Berry says, but it can only be deployed wisely when we recognize the limits to our knowledge. Science must submit to the judgement of Nature.

In this episode, Wendell Berry unfolds this philosophy to Ideas producer David Cayley.

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