Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Robin Le Poidevin

By Robin Le Poidevin

What's agnosticism? Is it a trust, or purely the absence of trust? Is it the results of too little thought of an issue--or an excessive amount of? Who have been the 1st to name themselves "agnostics"? Does agnosticism deserve severe attention this present day? Can an agnostic dwell a spiritual existence?

What position may still agnosticism have in schooling? those are only a number of the questions that Robin Le Poidevin considers during this Very brief creation, as he units the philosophical case for agnosticism and explores it as a historic and cultural phenomenon.
Agnosticism emerges the following as a way more refined, and lots more and plenty extra fascinating, perspective than an easy failure to both decide to, or reject, spiritual trust. Le Poidevin demanding situations the typical knowledge approximately agnosticism between either believers and atheists, and invitations the reader to reconsider their very own place at the concerns. certainly, in arguing in want of agnosticism as a decent place to take, this stimulating and provocative advisor takes factor on many issues with the assertions of famous atheists akin to Richard Dawkins.

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In late 1995, the British Anaphylaxis Campaign won considerable publicity for its advocacy on behalf of people who were allegedly at risk from peanuts. Many leading newspapers carried warnings about the fatal consequences of peanut allergy. 10 Such warnings were based on highly tendentious inter­ 50 W hy Do W e Pa n ic ? pretations of studies into the subject. " Nevertheless, many companies became so concerned about this new risk that they immediately undertook to phase out the use of peanut extracts in their products.

2* From this vantage point of risk sensitivity, every innovation merely increases the potential danger. This is why most innovations soon come under the critical scrutiny of those who see in every development the potential for more danger. 33 C u ltu r e of F ear If an innovation like the Internet can provoke such anxiety about its dangerous side-effects, it is not surprising that more stigmatized technologies — such as biotechnology and genetics — are so often embroiled in controversy and public hostility.

21This vision o f‘new and unprecedented forms of risk’ is based on the assumption that any interference with nature will exact a heavy price. The belief that the side-effects outweigh the advantages is the corollary of this vision. W hether or not such a vision is substantiated by evidence is irrelevant. It is enough to dread, in a society which routinely feels ill at ease with its own creation. More specifically, what inspires Landau’s reaction logically and chronologically precedes the development of IVF technology.

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