Who Knows? by Raymond M. Smullyan
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Who Knows?
By Raymond M. Smullyan

Who Knows?

A Study of Religious Consciousness

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Who Knows? by Raymond M. Smullyan

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Is there really a God, and if so, what is God actually like? Is there an afterlife, and if so, is there such a thing as eternal punishment for unrepentant sinners, as many orthodox Christians and Muslims believe? And is it really true that our unconscious minds are connected to a higher spiritual reality, and if so, could this higher spiritual reality be the very same thing that religionists call "God"? In his latest book, Raymond M. Smullyan invites the reader to explore some beautiful and some horrible ideas related to religious and mystical thought. In Part One, Smullyan uses the writings on religion by fellow polymath Martin Gardner as the starting point for some inspired ideas about religion and belief. Part Two focuses on the doctrine of Hell and its justification, with Smullyan presenting powerful arguments on both sides of the controversy. "If God asked you to vote on the retention or abolition of Hell," he asks, "how would you vote?" Smullyan has posed this question to many believers and received some surprising answers. In the last part of his treasurable triptych, Smullyan takes up the "beautiful and inspiring" ideas of Richard Bucke and Edward Carpenter on Cosmic Consciousness. Readers will delight in Smullyan's observations on religion and in his clear-eyed presentation of many new and startling ideas about this most wonderful product of human consciousness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253215741
ISBN-10: 0253215749
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 155mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Raymond M. Smullyan

Beginner's Guide to Mathematical Logic by Raymond M. Smullyan Beginner's Guide to Mathematical Logic, Paperback (July 2014)

Combining stories of great writers and philosophers with quotations and riddles, this completely original text for first courses in mathematical logic examines problems related to proofs, propositional logic and first-order logic, undecidability, and other topics. 2013 edition.

Four Lives by Raymond M. Smullyan Four Lives, Hardback (April 2014)

This "best of" collection of works by Raymond Smullyan features logic puzzles, musings on mathematical logic and paradoxes, chess problems, and thoughts on the philosophy of religion, plus personal tributes to the author.

Godelian Puzzle Book by Raymond M. Smullyan Godelian Puzzle Book, Paperback (August 2013)

These logic puzzles provide entertaining variations on Godel's incompleteness theorems, offering ingenious challenges related to infinity, truth and provability, undecidability, and other concepts. No background in formal logic necessary.

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Author Biography - Raymond M. Smullyan

Raymond Smullyan, a retired distinguished professor of philosophy, has authored over twenty books. He has had a remarkably diverse sequence of careers-as a pianist, magician, mathematical logician, philosopher, and essayist. His widely known writings are on such varied topics as mathematical logic, retrograde chess analysis, stereo photography, Chinese philosophy, psychology, and religion. He currently resides with his musician wife Blanche in the Catskill Mountains of upper New York State.

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