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Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi

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Still, Gifty admits that at “a certain point, science fails. Questions become guesses become philosophical ideas about how something should probably, maybe, be.” Gifty (and, I think, Gyasi) believes that science and belief in religion can coexist. That’s a philosophy shared by many real scientists like Carlo Rovelli and Mario Livio. Gifty even says, “Both [science and religion] became, for me, valuable ways of seeing.” For the fictional neuroscientist Gifty, though, both have failed to fully satisfy in their aim: to make clear, to make meaning.

You can read my review of Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom in The Brooklyn Rail by clicking the image below.

You can buy Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom at Barnes & Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

September 9th, 2020 at 12:00 pm