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"Rethinking the foundations of a subject as fundamental to our culture as physics is a bold and challenging initiative.... The alternative proposed by the authors could help to heal our alienation from nature-which we are destroying-without losing anything of value from science itself." -Brian Goodwin, coauthor of Green Hermeticism and author of How the Leopard Changed Its Spots
"Likely to change many readers' comprehension of science." -Arthur Zajonc, author of Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love
Having imagined a machine-like world, scientists now haunt this machine uneasily. Their plight is paradoxical: they have realized their world only through intense mental effort, yet this effort finds no legitimate place in the world it so painstakingly comprehends. It seems "objectivity" only comes at a cost. Why, for example, is science unable to describe a smile? Why is the moral life of a physicist regarded as his or her own private affair?
This exclusion of human qualities from science has practical as well as theoretical consequences. If we systematically imagine a world in which human beings don't exist, we will eventually create a world in which they cannot exist.
Reclaiming the human sources of scientific insight, the authors of this book restore the scientist to the world given by science and celebrate the joyous marriage of sense and thought.