A New Renaissance: Transforming Science, Spirit, and Society

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This book diagnoses an urgent need for change and renewal in a period of crisis for philosophy, science and society

The Florentine Renaissance, some six hundred years ago, took a huge leap forward into realism, rationality and self-awareness. We stand now at a similar junction in history. It is apparent to many that reductionist science with its materialist values - the worldview that has driven modern culture for the last two centuries - is losing credibility. Its objectives of...

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Overview

This book diagnoses an urgent need for change and renewal in a period of crisis for philosophy, science and society

The Florentine Renaissance, some six hundred years ago, took a huge leap forward into realism, rationality and self-awareness. We stand now at a similar junction in history. It is apparent to many that reductionist science with its materialist values - the worldview that has driven modern culture for the last two centuries - is losing credibility. Its objectives of growth and acquisition, and its guiding principles asserting that there is no intrinsic meaning to life or purpose in the cosmos, are now widely seen as creating an unsustainable world.

The essays gathered in A New Renaissance are a cultural response to the failings of the materialist worldview. The first part diagnoses the sources of the crisis in today's world. The second section searches for a new understanding of consciousness and mind. The third section looks to a renewal of spirituality beyond religion. The fourth section examines possible reforms in politics, economics and education to help bring forth a society that can sustain the flourishing of human beings in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863157592
  • Publisher: Floris Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Choice Before Us David Lorimer 7

Part 1 Worldviews in Transition 15

1 The World's Health Problem: An Integral Diagnosis Ervin Laszlo 17

2 Celebrating Crisis: Towards a Culture of Cooperation Elisabet Sahtouris 34

3 The Greater Copernican Revolution and the Crisis of the Modern World View Richard Tarnas 48

4 Recapturing the Whole: Brain Hemispheres and the Renewal of Culture Iain McGilchrist 61

5 Reinventing the Human Species: An Evolutionary Crossroads Frank Parkinson 70

6 Restoring Harmony and Connection: Inner and Outer: HRH Prince of Wales 82

7 Modernity and the Transmodern Shift Oliver Robinson 91

Part 2 Consciousness and Mind in Science and Medicine 103

8 Mind and Neurons: Consciousness and Brain in the Twenty-First Century Larry Dossey 105

9 New Science, New Earth Chris Clarke 120

10 The Credit Crunch for Materialism and the Possible Renewal of Science Rupert Sheldrake 131

11 Parapsychology and the New Renaissance David Luke 137

12 Any Dream Won't Do: Changing our Minds about Consciousness Paul Devereux 145

13 Thinking about Thought F. David Peat 157

Part 3 Spirituality and New Understandings of the Sacred 165

14 Who are We and Why are We Here? Anne Baring 167

15 The Spiritual Imperative: Elegant Simplicity is the Way to Discover Spirituality Satish Kumar 177

16 Beyond the Material: The New Renaissance and Agnostic Spirituality Max Payne 188

17 From Sacred Ecology to Sacred Health Henryk Skolimowski 199

18 A Pathway Towards the One True Religion and Spirituality James D'Angelo 205

19 Returning to Natural Mind Peter Russellv

Part 4 Global and Local Transformation: Governance, Economics and Education 221

20 Towards a Politics for the Twenty-First Century: Psyche, Polis, Cosmos Jean Hardy 223

21 Towards a New Renaissance in Good Governance Chris Wright 235

22 Transforming the Economy Peter Bowman 248

23 Music and the Arts in a Possible Future Clement Jewitt 260

24 The Virtues of Uncertainty: A Character Curriculum for the Learning Age Guy Claxton 272

25 Why Schooling is a Major Contributor to the Crisis: and What Can Be Done About It Ian Cunningham 282

Appendix: Manifesto for Change: Crisis as Opportunity 296

Index 307

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