Science, Soul, and the Spirit of Nature: Leading Thinkers on the Restoration of Man and Creation

Overview

An exploration of the relationship between humans and nature through conversations with 12 leading scientific and social visionaries

• Explores the importance of the unification of humankind and nature as it relates to creation, destruction, diversity, and the spiritual health of the world

• Contains interviews with Rupert Sheldrake, Jane Goodall, and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum, among others

Society’s attitude toward nature has changed considerably over the ...

See more details below
Paperback (Original)
$15.28
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$18.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $8.56   
  • Used (5) from $1.99   
Science, Soul, and the Spirit of Nature: Leading Thinkers on the Restoration of Man and Creation

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$18.00 List Price

Overview

An exploration of the relationship between humans and nature through conversations with 12 leading scientific and social visionaries

• Explores the importance of the unification of humankind and nature as it relates to creation, destruction, diversity, and the spiritual health of the world

• Contains interviews with Rupert Sheldrake, Jane Goodall, and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum, among others

Society’s attitude toward nature has changed considerably over the years. Terms pertaining to the anthropocentric paradigm of "mankind in charge," such as supervisor or owner, have been replaced by caretaker or trustee. This approach, although more appropriate, still indicates a complete separation of humankind from nature. Yet increasing numbers of people have begun to feel that they are intrinsically part of nature. This concept of unity with the natural world—that we are nature—is gaining momentum among many innovative social reformers from many diverse fields.

In Science, Soul, and the Spirit of Nature, Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld interviews 12 respected visionary thinkers, representing all continents, about their deep connection with the earth and their views on the relationship between humanity and nature. Presented as a series of thought-provoking conversations, this book delves deeply into the many conceptions we hold about nature, showing that while many strides have been made in the area of its preservation, we must now take the next step. Each contributor adds insights into the urgent change in consciousness that we must adopt in order to heal and restore our holistic relationship with the earth that was emblematic of the first peoples—reminding us that a separation from and destruction of nature is a spiritual destruction of ourselves.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Ervin Laszlo
"Princess Irene’s understanding reaches to the deepest layers of the human psyche—the depths where we not only think but actually feel our oneness with nature."
Sonia von Matt Stoddard
"The compilation of these interviews is enlightening, as well as sincerely thought provoking. Each contributor brings a unique cultural and social perspective as well as unique understanding to the definition of what our place is on this earth and with the world, in general."
Lotus Guide
"Each contributor adds insights into the urgent change in consciousness that we need to heal and restore our holistic relationship with the earth."
Sheela Bhojwani
"Not only does the book stimulate our thoughts, instigate our awareness, but it also presents essential and drastic measures and steps that need to be taken in order to prevent the destruction of Nature, which also includes, ourselves.:"
May-June 2006 Lotus Guide
"Each contributor adds insights into the urgent change in consciousness that we need to heal and restore our holistic relationship with the earth."
author of Science and the Akashic Field Ervin Laszlo
"Princess Irene’s understanding reaches to the deepest layers of the human psyche—the depths where we not only think but actually feel our oneness with nature."
From the Publisher
"Not only does the book stimulate our thoughts, instigate our awareness, but it also presents essential and drastic measures and steps that need to be taken in order to prevent the destruction of Nature, which also includes, ourselves.:"

"Each contributor adds insights into the urgent change in consciousness that we need to heal and restore our holistic relationship with the earth."

"Princess Irene’s understanding reaches to the deepest layers of the human psyche—the depths where we not only think but actually feel our oneness with nature."

"The compilation of these interviews is enlightening, as well as sincerely thought provoking. Each contributor brings a unique cultural and social perspective as well as unique understanding to the definition of what our place is on this earth and with the world, in general."

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591430551
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/23/2005
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 923,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld, princess of the Netherlands, is a social reformer and honorary member of the international think-tank The Club of Budapest. She manages a nature reserve in South Africa and is the author of several books, including Dialogue with Nature. Jessica van Tijn is a journalist who lives in both Mexico and The Netherlands.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt


Rupert Sheldrake

Scientist and author

Years ago, I read Sheldrake’s book The Rebirth of Nature and was fascinated by his approach. He shows us how we can think of Nature as “alive” instead of being inanimate and mechanical. I recognized my own experience of reconnecting with that life and magic suddenly described by a scientist who got his education at several very renowned places but still manages to stay the “wondering boy” of his youth.

I start our talk, the way I do with all my conversation partners in this book, with the question: What is nature?

Rupert Sheldrake: Nature is all there is. And I suppose nature is the entire universe, the entire physical world. In that sense, we are part of nature. You can use nature as an inclusive term to represent the whole of nature, which is the way it is used in natural sciences, the sciences of nature. But nature is often used as a word in opposition to culture or to humanity. And then the word is used in a different sense, as a distinction between human beings and human culture and nature, which unfolds spontaneously, without human interference.

You have the same ambiguity about the word animal. Biologically speaking, we are animals. But people very often use the word animal to distinguish between humans and animals. So it is really a matter of usage of words. We have a lot of words that we can use in different senses.

Is it the usage of words or is it the separation we have come to live with?

RS: I think all of nature is based on boundaries and separations. It is a feature of natural order. Every animal has a skin that separates it from the world outside. Every ecosystem has a kind of limit. The ocean has a limit in the shoreline. The forest has a limit in the tree-line or the mountains. A cell has a membrane, which is its limit or boundary. So, if you look at the way nature is built up, it is built up of systems, which have limits or boundaries, but which then are part of a larger system with its own limits or boundaries. We see the same thing in the way countries are organized. Parishes, counties, nations, and continents are different levels of boundaries and limits within that system. This is just the way that everything is organized.

In Western culture, there is that sense of separation, but I think that is only partial. One of the points that struck me years ago, and which I found reinforced ever since, is that most people in the Western world actually have two attitudes towards nature. One of them operates from Monday to Friday: the business attitude, which means to control and dominate nature's natural resources. But then the other one, which comes into play during the weekends and holidays, is getting back to nature in a car—which is the ambition of the most affluent people in European society. What do people do who want to get rich by exploiting nature when they've made lots of money? They buy a country estate, so they can have a retreat in nature . . .

How do you explain this?

RS: I think Western culture is based on creating splits and separations. So, most people are quite happy working during the week to make money. But what people would think is their “true self” is not a person in an office. At least in England, most people imagine that their true self is living in the country, cultivating hollyhocks in a cottage garden. This is what many people want to do when they retire. So they think that is their true self, even though it is a complete fantasy and totally unrelated to the way they actually live, which may be living in a suburb and working in an office.

If we go on in this split way, it is obvious that we will see that it can't last forever; that at a certain moment, the candy box will be empty.

RS: Oh, of course. But the reason that people don't feel this extreme alienation is because it doesn't happen all the time. Look at George Bush, for example, who wants to open up wildlife refuges in Alaska for oil drilling. And look at his poor environmental views in general. But I am quite sure that when he is on his ranch in Texas, he enjoys the broad skies and fresh air, and he probably really appreciates it.

Are you being ironic?

RS: No! I think this is the normal way that people in the West have come to live and have come to expect to live. I think it is an undesirable way of doing it, but I think it is the way in which the movers and shakers of our society became rich and powerful. And those rich and powerful, at least in England, tend to go away for the weekend to the country and don't feel the disjunction from the country because they actually get quite a lot of unspoiled nature in their lives. They are able to believe that it is okay to have all this economic activity, because they can actually have both.

With the work that I have been doing on people's relationships with pet animals we have a situation where the split is particularly clear. Most pet-owners keep animals because they actually want a connection with the animal, non-human world. There is no economic reason for people in Holland or England to keep dogs or cats. They don't usually need guard dogs; they don't need hunting dogs unless they are part of this very small minority that goes hunting. They don't need cats to kill mice in farmyards. And people living in urban apartments with these animals keep them even though they are expensive. They keep them because there is some deep need to connect with the animal world.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword by Yolanda Kakabadse

Introduction

Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Matthijs G. C. Schouten

Gareth Patterson

Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa

Denise Linn

Hans Andeweg

Masaru Emoto

Rupert Sheldrake

Jane Goodall

Arne Naess

James Wolfensohn

Patricia Mische

Epilogue

About the Contributors

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)