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Story identification request. The title says most of it. It's a short story I believe I read in a science fiction anthology. People have some Eastern-ish or mystic belief system or something, and the protagonist won't buy it. I think he's a reductionist. In the end he's in some sort of hell that's somehow related to his skepticism. Any ideas?

  • Sounds interesting. For those of us who haven't studied Taoism or metaphysics, could you describe what the character's hell is like? By the way, about how long ago did you read it? – user14111 Nov 3 '15 at 2:20
  • I think I read it in the late 90s. I don't remember anything about that hell except it's a place of intense psychological pain, and that pain comes from insisting on reductionism, or whatever that character clings to, or from rejecting the serenity of the other belief system in favor of cold rationality. Or something like that? I'm not sure. I don't think it's necessarily the same Hell as described by Taoism, if Taoism indeed has such a thing. – MackTuesday Nov 3 '15 at 2:38
  • sounds like a spin on the CS Lewis story, the great divorce (maybe that jogs someone's memory) – Jim B Nov 3 '15 at 4:45

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