Mechanistic and Nonmechanistic Science; Hieronimus Interview

21st Century Radio with Bob Hieronimus - July 14, 1996 / (322)

 Radio show host Bob Hieronimus discusses Mechanistic and Nonmechanistic Science (1981) with Richard Thompson, who authored the book fifteen years prior. In it, Thompson describes the soul (jivatma) as a “distinct quanta of consciousness,” and argues that logically, such a principle could not plausibly arise from matter. Thompson then philosophically illustrates a role for intelligence by utilizing a variety of examples of intricate designs found throughout within the natural world, such as sting mechanisms in flatworms, and the statocyst organ found in certain shrimp during molting.