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The Flame of Reason: Clear Thinking for the Twenty-First Century
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The Flame of Reason: Clear Thinking for the Twenty-First Century (Paperback)

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A passionate, highly accessible clarion call to a world dangerously threatened by irrational superstitions of all kinds.



'Truly a book for our time' Steven Pinker



'In Sweden's public square, Christer Sturmark has done as much as anyone to uphold reason and humane critical thinking' Richard Dawkins



'As lucid and illuminating as it is warm and inspiring' Rebecca Goldstein



In country after country, conspiracy theories and religious dogmas that once seemed to have been overtaken by enlightened thought are helping to lift authoritarian leaders into power. The effects are being felt by women, ethnic minorities, teachers, scientists and students - and by the environment, the ultimate victim of climate change denial. We need clear thinking now more than ever.



Christer Sturmark is a crusading secular humanist as well as a Swedish publisher and entrepreneur, and The Flame of Reason is his manifesto for a better world. It provides a set of simple tools for clear thinking in the face of populist dogmas, anti-science attitudes and pseudo-philosophy, and suggestions for how we can move towards a new enlightenment.



From truth to Quantum Physics, moral philosophy to the Myers-Briggs test, Sturmark offers a passionate defence of rational thought, science, tolerance and pluralism; a warm and engaging guide for anyone who wants to better navigate the modern world.



Translated by and co-written with Douglas Hofstadter, celebrated cognitive scientist, physicist and author of Godel, Escher, Bach.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheorySocial & political philosophyReligion & BeliefsAlternative belief systemsHumanist & secular alternatives to religionScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPhilosophy of science Publisher: Head of Zeus Publication Date: 13/04/2023 ISBN-13: 9781803280998  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Christer Sturmark is a Swedish author and public intellectual. He is the founder and publisher of Fri Tanke ('Free Thought') and often appears on television and in public gatherings to defend science and to argue against dogmas, superstition, and pseudoscientific thinking. He lives on the island of Lidingoe, just outside Stockholm, with his nine-year-old son Leo, and enjoys playing piano, guitar, and chess. Douglas Hofstadter is a professor of cognitive science and comparative literature at Indiana University. His first book, Goedel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. He is known for his writings on minds and machines, analogy, and translation.

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