Thomas Nagel

"The Last Word"

New York:Oxford University Press, 1996
"I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn't just that I don't believe in God and, naturally, hope I'm right in my belief. It's that I hope there is no God! I don't want there to be a God; I don't want the universe to be like that. My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time." p130

Cited by Turek on p110 of Stealing from God

"Mind and Cosmos"

Oxford University Press, 2012
"I believe that the defenders of intelligent design deserve our gratitude for challenging a scientific world view that owes some of the passion displayed by its adherents to the fact that it is thought to liberate us from religion." p12
Cited by Thomas on p86 of Taking Leave of Darwin

"But if the mental is not itself merely physical, it cannot be fully explained by physical science. Evolutionary naturalism implies that we shouldn't take any of our convictions seriously, including the scientific world picture on which evolutionary naturalism itself depends. " p14

Cited by Lennox on p49 of Can Science Explain Everything

"I find the confidence among the scientific establishment that the whole scenario will yield to a purely chemical explanation hard to understand, except as a manifestation of an axiomatic commitment to reductive materialism." p49.
Cited by Thomas on p57 of Taking Leave of Darwin

"I would like to defend the untutored reaction of incredulity to the reductionist neo-Darwinian account of the origin and evolution of life. It is prima facie highly implausible that life as we know it is the result of sequence of physical accidents together with the mechanism of natural selection ... I find this view antecedently unbelievable - a heroic triumph of ideological theory over common sense. The empirical evidence can be interpreted to accommodate different comprehensive theories but in this case the cost in conceptual and probabilistic contortions is prohibitive." p6,128

Cited by Thomas on p15 of Taking Leave of Darwin

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