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The Limits of Materialism

John Gray draws on a story by Walter de la Mare to argue that the prevailing creed of scientific materialism is a 'simple-minded philosophy' too limited for an unknowable world.

John Gray draws on a story by Walter de la Mare to argue that the prevailing creed of scientific materialism is a "simple minded philosophy", preferring de la Mare's unsettling portrayal of everyday existence as insubstantial and unknowable. "Even if there are such things as laws of nature, there's no reason to think they must be accessible to the human mind."
Producer: Sheila Cook.

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A Point Of View: Ghosts in the material world

John Gray revives the memory of a ghost story to discuss materialism - the theory that only matter exists.

Read John Gray's article on the BBC News website

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