Other Ways of Knowing: Recharting Our Future with Ageless Wisdom

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A powerful exploration of diverse world views long ignored by the Western world that suggests possible solutions to the environmental and social problems that face us in the next millennium. 
Our civilization is in crisis. Overpopulation and overconsumption have jeopardized our survival and the great promises of technology have resulted in environmental disaster. This situation, says author John Broomfield, results from the serious error the Western world makes in equating...
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Overview

A powerful exploration of diverse world views long ignored by the Western world that suggests possible solutions to the environmental and social problems that face us in the next millennium. 
Our civilization is in crisis. Overpopulation and overconsumption have jeopardized our survival and the great promises of technology have resulted in environmental disaster. This situation, says author John Broomfield, results from the serious error the Western world makes in equating one way of knowing with all ways of knowing--mistaking a thin slice of reality for the whole. Broomfield argues that the necessary wisdom to chart a new course is available to us from many sources: the sacred traditions of our ancestors; the spiritual traditions of other cultures; spirit in nature; feminine ways of being; contemporary movements for personal, social, and ecological transformation; and the very source of our current crisis, science itself. Other Ways of Knowing shows us the wisdom of other cultures who may hold the knowledge necessary to arrest our headlong race toward destruction. 

From the ancient Polynesian navigational technique of remote viewing to the formative causation theory of Rupert Sheldrake, Other Ways of Knowing examines perceptions and practices that challenge the narrow perspective of the Western world and provide answers to the complex questions that face us as we move into the next millennium. 

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"Other Ways of Knowing is a thoughtful presentation of a new paradigm for humanity. Weaving a synthesis of observations from science, nature, philosophy, mysticism and personal experience, Bloomfield presents us with a vision congruent with the realizations which are coming to us all through spiritual awakening."
The Book Reader
"Broomfield gives us the pattern that connects. A wide-ranging, erudite work. Broomfield writes exquisitely, his knowledge is huge."
Ralph Metzner
"From his planet-wide explorations across times and cultures, John Broomfield has woven a marvellous multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary web of hopeful knowledge and inspiring teachings that will surely help us find our way again to a more balanced relationship with the Earth and all Her beings."
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"Other Ways of Knowing is a thoughtful presentation of a new paradigm for humanity. Weaving a synthesis of observations from science, nature, philosophy, mysticism and personal experience, Bloomfield presents us with a vision congruent with the realizations which are coming to us all through spiritual awakening."

"Broomfield gives us the pattern that connects. A wide-ranging, erudite work. Broomfield writes exquisitely, his knowledge is huge."

"From his planet-wide explorations across times and cultures, John Broomfield has woven a marvellous multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary web of hopeful knowledge and inspiring teachings that will surely help us find our way again to a more balanced relationship with the Earth and all Her beings."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892816149
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,314,400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Broomfield was Professor of modern Indian history at the University of Michigan for twenty years and has written extensively on the impact of the modern West on non-Western peoples. He has studied shamanism with Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman and was President of the California Institute of Integral Studies from 1983 to 1990. He now lives in New Zealand.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Dancing with the Past
2. The Frail Hero and the Small Demon
3. The Legend of the Green Earth
4. All That Exists Lives
5. Our Medicine, Their Medicine
6. Is There Any Time but the Present?
7. The Mahatma and the Shrewd Peasant
8. Whole Education for a Whole World

Conclusion: Love Is a Cosmic Force

End Notes

Bibliography

Index

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    Broomfield is magnificent!

    This book is a great read and it is a comfortable read. I had to read it for a Philosophy class and I rather enjoyed it from the begining and by the end I felt so fortunate for the insight on other ways of knowing that Broomfield provided. As the title implies, Broomfield focuses on how we know what we know, and his approach here is to identify the non-scientific, even religious and super-natural ways that people know.

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