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The Spirit of Science: From Experiment to Experience

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The huge technical successes of modern science have obscured a deeper understanding of its place in human knowledge and in our value systems. For many, science belongs in a separate "compartment" from normal human experience, confined to the world of the laboratory. This can give rise to a dark, impersonal and inhuman image of science.

In this collection, distinguished scientists and thinkers from a wide range of disciplines examine the relationship of scientific knowledge and ...

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Overview

The huge technical successes of modern science have obscured a deeper understanding of its place in human knowledge and in our value systems. For many, science belongs in a separate "compartment" from normal human experience, confined to the world of the laboratory. This can give rise to a dark, impersonal and inhuman image of science.

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.

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This anthology features an all-star assemblage of scientists, academics, spiritual leaders, and writers on the subject of what many perceive as a new synthesis between empirical science and spiritual perception. Contributors include Fritjof Capra, James Lovelock (originator of the Gaia hypothesis), Lyall Watson, Rupert Sheldrake, Kathleen Raine, Bede Griffiths, and Matthew Fox. This work should provide great stimulation and spiritual nourishment for the curious reader. For most collections.
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Might better be classed with religion/mysticism. Contributors include Fritjof Capra, David Bohm, James Lovelock, Sir John Eccles. Materialists must suspend disbelief. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780826411747
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
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
Index 361
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