July 1963

A Threefold Cord: Philosophy, Science, Religion; A Discussion Between Viscount Samuel and Professor Herbert Dingle.

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Price, 25s ($3.50). Pp. 280, with no illustrations. George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Ruskin House, Museum Street, London, 1961.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(1):147-148. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860010173034

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When a renowned scientist and a renowned philosopher enter into a common discourse arranged as a duologue on philosophy, science, and religion, one may expect it to be luminous, scintillating, and stimulating. I suppose we actually look for something like the wisdom of Socrates in double measure, one measure from each protagonist, as we are accustomed to find it, refined and refracted through the vision of Plato. The promise is never realized. It may be that the subject matter was never quite under control or it may be that the book turned out to be two monologues, often running their separate and sometimes divergent courses, rather than entwined or joined together in a series of loops, touching and counterchecking often. Perhaps the basic assumption that science and philosophy need a reconciliation, a tacit extension of the "Two Cultures" heresy, is false. Nonetheless one expects a highly distilled and highly concentrated

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