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In this collection, distinguished scientists and thinkers from a wide range of disciplines examine the relationship of scientific knowledge and ...
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In this collection, distinguished scientists and thinkers from a wide range of disciplines examine the relationship of scientific knowledge and practice to a wider dimension of human life and awareness. For some this appears as a dialogue between science and spirituality, for others an investigation into consciousness and the intelligent heart of the cosmos. Whether in physics, cosmology, or biology, these essays explore the very nature of knowledge itself and the continuing role of human creativity, emphasizing the need for crossing disciplinary boundaries in our search for understanding.
The contributions are based on papers given over twenty years at the annual Mystics and Scientists conferences in England. This collection brings together some of the most remarkable and far-seeing thinkers of our time.
Includes essays by Fritjof Capra, David Bohm, Matthew Fox, Paul Davies, Joscelyn Godwin, Brian Goodwin, Rupert Sheldrake, Anne Baring, Larry Dossey, Bede Griffiths, and others.
|Introduction: From Experiment to Experience||17|
|Cosmology and Physics|
|The New Physics and the Scientific Reality of our Time||33|
|Cosmos, Matter, Life and Consciousness||53|
|The Cosmic Blueprint: Self-Organizing Principles of Matter and Energy||73|
|The Experience of Unity||98|
|Biology and Gaia|
|A Holistic Philosophy of Nature||117|
|The Environment Now and the Gaian Perspective||129|
|Complexity, Creativity and Society||149|
|The Biology of Being: A Natural History of Consciousness||162|
|Evolutionary Habits of Mind, Behaviour and Form||192|
|The Underlying Unity: Nature and the Imagination||215|
|Consciousness and Psychology|
|Beyond Ego: Transpersonal Dimensions in Psychology||237|
|The Mystery of the Human Psyche||258|
|The Heart of Healing||273|
|Mysticism and Spirituality|
|Gateway to the Infinite||299|
|The Vision of Non-Duality in World Religions||308|
|Extravagance from the Heart: Lessons from the Mystics||324|
|Healing the Heart: An Alchemy of Consciousness||342|
|Editor's Note: The Mystics and Scientists Conferences||357|