Researcher Explores a History of Moral Certainty in New Book

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Distinguished sex researcher John Bancroft examines the roles of certainty and uncertainty in science, religion, and morality

Tolerance of Uncertainty by Dr. John Bancroft

Tolerance of Uncertainty by John Bancroft

It is important to recognize that there are many aspects of our world and life that are likely to remain unknowable and beyond our comprehension. Humble acknowledgment of this is important for the next stage of development of the human condition.

Is God really knowable? Does uncertainty harm or benefit science? Can we be certain about our moral principles, and how can historical examples guide our perspective?

These are several questions that Dr. John Bancroft tackles in his new book, "Tolerance of Uncertainty." Over a decade of research as director of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bancroft traced the role of uncertainty in sexuality, and in "Tolerance of Uncertainty" applies this lens to other areas of human existence. The book distinguishes between uncertainty and unknowability and the impact of each within science and religion.

“It is important to recognize that there are many aspects of our world and life that are likely to remain unknowable and beyond our comprehension,” said Bancroft. “Humble acknowledgment of this is important for the next stage of development of the human condition.”

In a carefully researched examination, Bancroft discusses now-discredited moral certitudes in historical context, notably slavery and the subjugation of women, and uses them as a touchstone for current social topics. "Tolerance of Uncertainty" addresses how society should move forward in the absence of certainty, proposing numerous functional “models of reality.” His principal model, the revolutionary Two-Team approach, advocates the division of male and female labour between non-competing teams in the workplace, universities, and beyond.

Tolerance of Uncertainty
By John Bancroft
ISBN: 978-1-4969-2935-8
Available in hardbound, paperback, and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

About the author
Dr. John Bancroft is a renowned academic sex researcher with a background in medicine and psychiatry. He has over 300 published works, including Human Sexuality and Its Problems, one of the principal textbooks on sexuality. Previously director of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bancroft is retired to Oxford, England, where he enjoys gardening and music.

For more information, visit http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000955807.

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