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Javier Novo, Rubén Pereda and Javier Sánchez-Cañizares publish the book "Naturaleza Creativa"

From a biological, philosophical and physical point of view, the authors attempt to reach a shared vision of nature and its dynamics.

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From left to right, professors Javier Sánchez-Cañizares, Javier Novo and Rubén Pereda, authors of the recently published book "Naturaleza Creativa". PHOTO: Manuel Castells
01/03/18 10:33 Maria M. Orbegozo

Javier Novo, Rubén Pereda and Javier Sánchez-Cañizares, professors at the University of Navarra, have published the book "Naturaleza creativa" (Creative Nature). Published by Rialp, it is an interdisciplinary work aimed at those who want to reflect on the functioning of nature and its meaning, to understand it when we enter contact and dialogue with it.

"It is not easy for us to recognize the truth that lies behind the universe, how far do the certainties we have about the cosmos reach?" is the central question that biologist, philosopher and physicist respectively try to answer in this work, which arose from several conversations. Throughout its pages, the authors aim to reach a shared vision of nature and its dynamics. "Each one emphasizes the aspects of nature that their own discipline studies, but the three of us seek to achieve an overall vision that can be transmitted to anyone with a desire to understand how the cosmos works," says Sánchez-Cañizares.

As they point out, it is not necessary for the reader to have previous scientific knowledge. On the contrary, "we believe it is a good introduction, both for those who are going to start programs of study scientists, as well as for humanists who want to think about nature," they say. They also explain that each sentence has been discussed in depth, which gives the work an interdisciplinary character: "We have learned that it is possible to understand the central ideas of other disciplines when we make the effort to dialogue with serenity, to try to reach an overall view. Sometimes it is necessary to go beyond technical and methodological problems. Having a Philosophy open to the scientific perspective has result been essential".

Javier Novo holds a PhD in Medicine from the University of Santiago de Compostela and Full Professor of Genetics at the University of Navarra, where he teaches Genetics Human Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Genomics and Biological Evolution.

Professor of Philosophical Synthesis and Metaphysics, Rubén Pereda holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Navarra and the Pontificia della Santa Croce.

Javier Sánchez-Cañizares holds a PhD in Physical Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a PhD in Theology from the Pontificia della Santa Croce. researcher of project "Mente-cerebro", directs the group of research "Ciencia, Razón y Fe".