Mind and Life: Discussions with the Dalai Lama on the Nature of Reality

Mind and Life: Discussions with the Dalai Lama on the Nature of Reality

by Pier Luigi Luisi
     
 

For over a decade, a small group of scientists and philosophers& mdash;members of the Mind and Life Institute& mdash;have met regularly to explore the intersection between science and the spirit. At one of these meetings, the themes discussed were both fundamental and profound: can physics, chemistry, and biology explain the mystery of life? How do our

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For over a decade, a small group of scientists and philosophers& mdash;members of the Mind and Life Institute& mdash;have met regularly to explore the intersection between science and the spirit. At one of these meetings, the themes discussed were both fundamental and profound: can physics, chemistry, and biology explain the mystery of life? How do our philosophical assumptions influence science and the ethics we bring to biotechnology? And how does an ancient spiritual tradition throw new light on these questions?

Pier Luigi Luisi not only reproduces this dramatic, cross-cultural dialogue, in which world-class scientists, philosophers, and Buddhist scholars develop a holistic approach to the scientific exploration of reality, but he also adds scientific background to their presentations, as well as supplementary discussions with prominent participants and attendees. Interviews with His Holiness the Karmapa, the Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, and the actor and longtime human rights advocate Richard Gere take the proceedings into new directions, enriching the material with personal viewpoints and lively conversation about such topics as the origin of matter, the properties of cells, the nature of evolution, and the ethics of genetic manipulation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231145503
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Series:
Columbia Series in Science and Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1 How Real Are the Elementary Particles? 16

2 The Emergence of Complexity; and an Interview with Matthieu Ricard 50

3 Toward the Complexity of Life 73

4 How Life Unfolds; and an Interview with Richard Gere 110

5 The Magic of the Human Genome and Its Ethical Problems; and an Interview with His Holiness the Karmapa 140

6 From Consciousness to Ethics 160

7 Last Words 194

About the Mind and Life Institute 201

Notes 207

Index 244

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