The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates

. 2012. 575p. 978-1-61614-551-4. 28.
Readers may conclude that their foundational beliefs are wrongheaded. In this provocative and erudite work, Bloom (The Genius of the Beast) deconstructs “heresies” (e.g., A does not equal A; one plus one does not equal two; entropy is wrong) and shatters scientific laws. He, furthermore, poses the question, “How does a godless cosmos create?” Bloom’s tone is much less acerbic and much more civil than the New Atheists’ vitriol, and to pursue an answer to Bloom’s query, readers will traverse a cerebral landscape: a masterful integration of anthropology, history, science, and philosophy. The author exposes readers to his model of cosmology, which he calls the Big Bagel theory. He presumes a multiverse, or “ensemble of universes”; it pays homage to the oscillating or cyclical universe, which expands and contracts ad infinitum. This view, according to Bloom, would unseat the dominant Big Bang model.
VERDICT Bloom, an iconoclastic and seminal thinker, has been mentioned in the same breath as Stephen Hawking, Sigmund Freud, and Charles Darwin; this contribution is paradigm-shifting and brings to mind Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. In short, this intellectual tour de force and heady expedition will challenge readers’ education, assumptions, and perceptions.
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