The Transcendental Temptation

Written By Paul Kurtz
The Transcendental Temptation
  • Publsiher : Prometheus Books
  • Release : 10 September 2013
  • ISBN : 1616148284
  • Pages : 516 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Read or download book entitled The Transcendental Temptation written by Paul Kurtz which was release on 10 September 2013, this book published by Prometheus Books. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: In this landmark work, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking—the “transcendental temptation”—which undermines critical judgment and paves the way for willful beliefs. Kurtz explores in detail the three major monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—finding striking psychological and sociological parallels between these religions, the spiritualism of the nineteenth century, and the paranormal belief systems of today. This acclaimed and controversial book includes sections on mysticism, belief in the afterlife, the existence of God, reincarnation, astrology, and ufology. Kurtz concludes by explaining and advocating rational skepticism as an antidote to belief in the transcendental.

The Transcendental Temptation

The Transcendental Temptation
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2013-09-10
  • Total pages : 516
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : In this landmark work, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking—the “transcendental temptation”—which undermines critical ...

Toward a New Enlightenment

Toward a New Enlightenment
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-04-17
  • Total pages : 401
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : Paul Kurtz has been the dominant voice of secular humanism over the past thirty years. This compilation of his work reveals the scope of his thinking on the basic topics of our time and his many and varied contributions to the cause of free thought. It focuses on the central ...

The Transcendental Temptation a Critique of Religion and the Paranormal

The Transcendental Temptation a Critique of Religion and the Paranormal
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Total pages : 212
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Skepticism and Humanism

Skepticism and Humanism
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Release Date : 2022-07-07
  • Total pages : 306
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : As we begin the third millennium there is cause for cautious optimism regarding the human prospect. Democratic revolutions and the doctrine of universal human rights have captured the imagination of large sectors of humanity, while major advances in science and technology continue to conquer disease and extend life, contributing to ...

Software and Mind

Software and Mind
  • Author : Andrei Sorin
  • Publisher : Andsor Books
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • Total pages : 930
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : Addressing general readers as well as software practitioners, "Software and Mind" discusses the fallacies of the mechanistic ideology and the degradation of minds caused by these fallacies. Mechanism holds that every aspect of the world can be represented as a simple hierarchical structure of entities. But, while useful in fields ...

Multi Secularism

Multi Secularism
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-07-12
  • Total pages : 271
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : The contemporary world is witness to an intense controversy about secularism. This controversy has intensified due to the presence of fundamentalism, which challenges secular society and the secularization of philosophical ideas and ethical values. Secularists maintain that the state should not impose a religious creed upon citizens and should respect ...

The Humanism of Doctor Who

The Humanism of Doctor Who
  • Author : David Layton
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2012-04-19
  • Total pages : 364
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : From 1963 to 1989, the BBC television program Doctor Who followed a time-traveling human-like alien called “The Doctor” as he sought to help people, save civilizations and right wrongs. Since its 2005 revival, Doctor Who has become a pop culture phenomenon surpassing its “classic” period popularity and reaching a larger, more diverse audience. ...

Promethean Love

Promethean Love
  • Author : Timothy Madigan
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2008-12-18
  • Total pages : 334
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : The myth of Prometheus has inspired countless generations of humanists throughout the ages. Prometheus -- who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans to help them survive -- remains a symbol for those who reject theistic orthodoxies and who fearlessly challenge accepted beliefs. Artists such as Byron, ...

Exuberant Skepticism

Exuberant Skepticism
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2010-10-29
  • Total pages : 230
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : For more than three decades, philosopher Paul Kurtz has been a strong advocate of skepticism, not only as a philosophical position, but also as a fulfilling way of life. Contrary to the view that skepticism is merely a negative, nay saying, or debunking stance toward commonly held beliefs, skepticism as ...

An Arrogant Nation That Creates Its Own Reality

An Arrogant Nation That Creates Its Own Reality
  • Author : Rogene A. Buchholz
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2019-11-13
  • Total pages : 642
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : Americans seem prone to create their own reality in situations that have faced them over the past several years and this arrogance cost the country dearly. Three events stand out as prime examples this arrogance. The first of these events was the war in Iraq which was based on the ...

Moral Wisdom and Good Lives

Moral Wisdom and Good Lives
  • Author : John Kekes
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-10-18
  • Total pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : In this profound and yet accessible book, John Kekes discusses moral wisdom: a virtue essential to living a morally good and personally satisfying life. He advances a broad, nontechnical argument that considers the adversities inherent in the human condition and assists in the achievement of good lives. The possession of ...

Facing Evil

Facing Evil
  • Author : John Kekes
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-01
  • Total pages : 264
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : Arguing that the prevalence of evil presents a fundamental problem for our secular sensibility, John Kekes develops a conception of character-morality as a response. He shows that the main sources of evil are habitual, unchosen actions produced by our character defects and that we can increase our control over the ...

Starstruck

Starstruck
  • Author : Albert A. Harrison
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Total pages : 231
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : We live in an era of exploding scientific knowledge about the universe, and our place and future within it. Much of this new knowledge conflicts with earlier wisdom, and some has frightening implications. Cosmic evolution, space exploration, the search for extraterrestrial life, and concerns about humanity's future prompt us to ...

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2010-10-29
  • Total pages : 326
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : Paul Kurtz, America's leading secular humanist philosopher, affirms that it is possible to live the good life and be morally responsible, without belief in religion. In this original and penetrating book, Kurtz delineates the means by which humanity can transcend the limitations of traditional religious loyalties and achieve a higher ...

The Courage to Become

The Courage to Become
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Total pages : 138
  • ISBN : 1616148284
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Summary : Kurtz offers an optimistic appraisal of the "human prospect" and outlines a philosophy both for the individual and the global community....