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Excellent BeautyThe Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World$
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Eric Dietrich

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171021

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.001.0001

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Some Strangeness in the Proportion

Some Strangeness in the Proportion

(p.115) Ten Some Strangeness in the Proportion
Excellent Beauty

Eric Dietrich

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses three mysterious things: consciousness, infinity, and the rarity of the commonplace. In so doing, the reader might find themselves provoked by the strange nature of these seemingly ordinary mysteries. Thus, these mysteries are to be termed as the excellent beauties. The excellent beauties reveal that the world is not “flatly natural,” in the sense that, at least ideally, science will leave nothing of importance unexplained. The flatly natural view insists that all scientific beauty must supervene on scientific understanding. The excellent beauties show that there is far more to the world than what is revealed by scientific understanding. Science does not remove mysteries from our lives, it unearths them.

Keywords:   excellent beauties, consciousness, infinity, rarity of the commonplace, flatly natural view, scientific beauty, scientific understanding

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