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Today's belief in an endless progress tends toward an almost total rejection of spiritual wisdom?s world views as being na?ve, out-moded, and contrary to empirical evidence. The premises of modernism permeate our culture and our thinking so thoroughly that it is often very difficult for an individual to step back and see them clearly. Is it possible that the glistening images of technological and scientific progress have caused us to lose sight of something which is in fact even more essential to the lives of ...
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Overview

Today's belief in an endless progress tends toward an almost total rejection of spiritual wisdom’s world views as being naïve, out-moded, and contrary to empirical evidence. The premises of modernism permeate our culture and our thinking so thoroughly that it is often very difficult for an individual to step back and see them clearly. Is it possible that the glistening images of technological and scientific progress have caused us to lose sight of something which is in fact even more essential to the lives of real human beings? The purpose of this anthology is to provide access to information, through a diverse selection of eminent authors, that can assist open-minded people in evaluating this question of the nature of modern "progress."
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Publishers Weekly
In these days of incredible technological advances, when almost nothing seems impossible, the question of spiritual knowledge is often overlooked. In this volume, Zarandi, a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology, gathers essays by over a dozen scholars in science, theology and metaphysics that tackle issues raised by modern scientific inquiry-i.e., how much of what we think we know do we really know, and how much progress have we actually made? The contributors' assessments differ from the common understanding of the correlation between science and spirit: while acknowledging the value and contribution science has rendered, Zarandi posits that "the contemporary belief in an endless progress tends toward an almost total rejection of spiritual wisdom's worldviews as being naive, outmoded and contrary to empirical evidence." This compilation attempts to "provide access to information" that may enlighten readers who believe there is another realm to reality beyond the physical world, a realm not knowable by reason and scientific inquiry. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935493358
  • Publisher: World Wisdom
  • Publication date: 7/30/2003
  • Series: Perennial Philosophy Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 444 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. Mehrdad M. Zarandi was born in 1963 in Kerman, Iran. From an early age, he had a keen interest in science and mathematics, which resulted in his taking a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology. He earned Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, where he has continued to work as a research scientist in aeronautics. His undergraduate liberal arts studies brought him into contact with the works of contemporary perennialist authors, whose perspective has had a profound effect on his intellectual formation. In addition to his technical research and publications, he has enjoyed a wide range of teaching experiences with undergraduates in mathematics, chemistry, physics and the history and philosophy of science.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
In the Wake of the Fall 1
Sacred and Profane Science 29
Traditional Cosmology and the Modern World 45
Religion and Science 77
Contemporary Man, between the Rim and the Axis 93
Christianity and the Religious Thought of C. G. Jung 111
On Earth as It Is in Heaven 133
The Nature and Extent of Criticism of Evolutionary Theory 159
Knowledge and Knowledge 181
Knowledge and its Counterfeits 189
Ignorance 213
The Plague of Scientistic Belief 221
Scientism: The Bedrock of the Modern Worldview 233
Life as Non-Historical Reality 249
Man, Creation and the Fossil Record 259
The Act of Creation: Bridging Transcendence and Immanence 269
Epilogue 303
Acknowledgments 309
Biographies of Contributors 311
Index 319
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