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The Penultimate CuriosityHow Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions$
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Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001

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Ariadne’s Thread

Ariadne’s Thread

(p.357) Chapter Forty-Four Ariadne’s Thread
The Penultimate Curiosity

Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter returns to the argument in Part One of the book, which suggested that it was ‘the Garden of Eden moment’ (the period when early humans were first propelled into a cognitive world that required some kind of priority scheme to navigate) that promoted the capacity for ultimate curiosity to centre stage in human life. Ultimate curiosity, the impulse to see beyond the rim of the physical world, is a continuous driver for new discoveries within the physical world. The resulting entanglement of what we now call ‘religion’ and ‘science’ has been the basis of the Ariadne’s thread that has been followed through the rest of the book.

Keywords:   God, biblical monotheism, ultimate curiosity, human life, religion, science

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