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Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson
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Apr 23, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: philosophy

I don't know whether perfection is possible this side of the New Heavens and New Earth, but Robinson has perfect prose. I will need to read this again, as it is dense and packed full of goodies. Overall, though, it is an outstanding refutation of the Freudian and neo-Darwinian reduction of humans to biological robots. Robinson calls both of these schools "para-science" and shows how they assume much, and prove very little in their efforts to reduce human behaviour to mere 'urges' or 'drives.'

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