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About the Book:

     The intent of this book is to help resolve the conflict between science and religion. The text is based on the assumption that religion has considerable potential in terms of improving both society and the quality of life of the individual, and that science may help us make the most out of this potential. To this end, the discussion offers a scientifically updated description of what human spirituality is all about. The underlying idea is that we need to reconcile religion with science in order to obtain optimal benefit from both. As Einstein once said, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

About the Author:

     Bj°rn Grinde (born 1952) received his education in natural sciences, psychology, and anthropology from the University of Oslo, with a Dr. Scient. (1981) and a Dr. Philos. (1984) in biology. He is presently em ployed as Chief Scientist at the Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and as a professor at the University of Oslo. His scientific production (some 120 papers) is related to genetics, micro biology, molecular biology, and human behavior. A lasting focus has been to understand the process of evolution. He has previously served as a professor at the Medical Faculty, University of Bergen, and worked as a scientist in the United States and Japan.
      Human behavior has been a particular interest for almost four de cades. He believes that knowledge about how evolution has shaped the human mind may help us improve conditions for mankind. This con vic tion has led to the publication of two popular books, one in Nor we gian, Genene–Din Indre Guru (Gr°ndahl Dreyer, 1996), and one published in the United States, Darwinian Happiness–Evolution as a Guide for Liv ing and Understanding Hu man Behavior (Darwin Press, 2002). The present book is based on the author’s translation from his original work in Norwegian, GUD–en vitenskapelig oppdatering (2008).
     Grinde is a member of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society and the International Society for Human Ethology. Besides research, he has been actively engaged in popularizing science—by writing articles regularly for newspapers and magazines and by participating in radio and TV programs for the Norwegian Broadcasting System. He enjoys nature, both in the human form, and in the absence of humans, with a particular fondness for mountains. He is not associated with any religious denomination.



     “This is a brave and informative book—reflective, balanced and written with an existential core. It is fantastic that an internationally recognized geneticist dare, and will, write a book like this. I believe this book will raise the debate on science and religion to a new level.”

—Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway.






Publication date: 2011

CIP; size 6” x 9-1/4”; 34 halftone photographs; index; xi, 221 pages

ISBN 978-0-87850-184-7 (hardbound)  $27.50  Buy it at Amazon.com!