4 out of 4 stars
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Everyone has their personal beliefs about life. Yet, for many, the most important questions remain unanswered. One of these is why are we here? Many other questions are addressed in What, Why, & How?: Bottom-up Answers by Robert Wheeler.
This 113-paged book contains the author's deep knowledge and experiences as a research psychologist. The book begins with an explanation of why we sometimes fail to ponder on the important questions of life. It goes on to analyze why it is beneficial to do so. It explains how past generations have endeavored to provide answers to these deep questions, and it also examines the involvement of faith and religion. The author did not fail to discuss the quantum theory and its relationship to future scientific discoveries. It also provides a detailed analysis of different positions on the issue of evolution and creation.
This book draws heavily on research from numerous, relevant books. Robert's experience as a research psychologist stands out in this aspect. The sources of information found in the book appear in brackets throughout the book.
I would describe this book as balanced and reliable. In answering the deep question of what, why, and how of human existence, the author consistently makes it clear that he is not dogmatic. Words such as may, could, probably, and other similar words are found throughout the book. This is my most favorite feature of the book.
I also love the fact that the author was able to explain complex topics in understandable language. A sizable part of the book focuses on different aspects of philosophy and belief systems, which includes nognosticism, ontology, ecumenical humanism, pragmatic pluralism, and others.
As would be expected of a book explaining a complex topic, I find some parts of the book too technical and detailed. A quote from page 62 said, "We need naturalism to explain proximate local cause and we need supernaturalism to explain distal ultimate cause." I had to work out the meaning on my own. This is my only dislike about this book.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is professionally edited and highly informative. The author has done much research to put this book together. It pulls information from modern-day sources as well as historical sources. While this book contains Bible quotations, it does not appear to be religiously biased. Readers who have an interest in psychology, philosophy, and the questions of life will find this book informative.
What, Why, & How?
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