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Thomas Nagel is not crazy

The philosopher's new book has been fiercely criticised, but he is right to doubt science's ability to explain everything

By Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson  

If we’re to believe science, we’re made of organs and cells. These cells are made up of organic matter. Organic matter is made up chemicals. This goes all the way down to strange entities like quarks and Higgs bosons. We’re also conscious, thinking things. You’re reading these words and making sense of them. We have the capacity to reason abstractly and grapple with various desires and values. It is…

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