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Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature

Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature

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Overview

In Original Thinking, Glenn Aparicio Parry delves into the evolution of Western thought to recover the living roots of wisdom that can correct the imbalances in our modern worldview. Inspired by groundbreaking dialogues that the author organized between Native American elders and leading-edge Western scientists to explore the underlying principles of the cosmos, this book offers a radical revisioning of how we think. Asking questions such as, Is it possible to come up with an original thought?, What does it mean to be human?, and How has our thinking created our world today?, Parry challenges us to consider many of our most basic assumptions. To think originally—as in thinking new thoughts that have never been thought or said before—is according to Parry, largely an illusion. So, too, is the idea of linear human progress. Most of us have traveled far from our ancestral lands, and in so doing, lost connection with place, the origin of our consciousness.

Original Thinking offers a radical revisioning of how we think and what it means to be human. It invites us to reintegrate our hearts with our heads and to expand our self-imposed narrowing of consciousness. In doing so we reconnect with the living, original source—nature and her interconnected elements and cycles—and embrace the communion of old and new, rational and intuitive, and masculine and feminine. Ultimately, Parry shows us how to create the tapestry of truly original thinking and to restore thought as a blessing, as a whole and complete transmission from Spirit.

Contents
PART ONE (ORIGIN): Is it possible to come up with an original thought?
Chapter 1. Original Thought, Time, and the Unfolding of Consciousness
Chapter 2. Looking Backward to Go Forward
Chapter 3. Wheels Within Wheels
Chapter 4. It's About Time

PART TWO (DEPARTURE): What does it mean to be human? 
Chapter 5. Purpose, Potential, and Responsibility of Being Human
Chapter 6. Rational Thought and Human Identity
Chapter 7. Re-thinking Language
Chapter 8. Beyond Rationality
Chapter 9. A Tale of Two Directions

PART THREE (RETURN): How has our thinking created the world today,
and what is emerging?
Chapter 10. The Essence of Thought
Chapter 11. To Make Thought Whole Again
Chapter 12. To Think Without Separation
Chapter 13. Re-Thinking the "Dismal Science"
Chapter 14. Toward An Original Economics

PART FOUR (RENEWAL): Can education promote the renewal of original thinking? 
Chapter 15. Education as Renewal 
Chapter 16. Childhood and Education
Chapter 17. Higher Education 
Chapter 18. A New (and Ancient) Vision 
Chapter 19. A Vision for Higher Education


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583948903
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 724,011
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

GLENN APARICIO PARRY, PhD, also given the name Kizhe Naabe (Ojibwe for Kind-Hearted Man), is a writer, educator, international speaker, entrepreneur, and visionary whose lifelong passion is to reform thinking and education into a coherent, cohesive whole. The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the president of the think tank The Circle for Original Thinking. He earned his BA in Psychology from Allegheny College and went on to earn both his MA in East-West Psychology and his PhD in Humanities with a concentration in Transformative Learning from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Parry organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit Conferences from 1999-2011 that brought together Native and Western scientists in dialogue, moderated by Leroy Little Bear. He is a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Theosophical Society as part of a lifelong interest in bridging the arts and sciences. An avid outdoorsman, he now makes his home in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife Tomoko, dog Sunrise, and cat Haru (Japanese for spring).

Table of Contents

Foreword James O'Dea xi

Preface xv

Introduction xxi

Part 1 Origin: Is It Possible to Come Up with an Original Thought? 1

Chapter 1 Original Thought, Time, and the Unfolding of Consciousness 3

Chapter 2 Looking Backward to Go Forward 17

Chapter 3 Wheels within Wheels 27

Chapter 4 It's About Time 45

Part 2 Departure: What Does It Mean to Be Human? 55

Chapter 5 Purpose, Potential, and Responsibility of Being Human in the World 61

Chapter 6 Rational Thought and Human Identity 71

Chapter 7 Rethinking Language 91

Chapter 8 Beyond Rationality 111

Chapter 9 A Tale of Two Directions 125

Part 3 Return: How Has Our Thinking Created the World Today, and What Is Now Emerging? 135

Chapter 10 The Essence of Thought 141

Chapter 11 To Make Thought Whole Again 155

Chapter 12 To Think without Separation 163

Chapter 13 Rethinking the "Dismal Science" 175

Chapter 14 Toward an Original Economics 185

Part 4 Renewal: Can Education Promote the Renewal of Original Thinking? 205

Chapter 15 Education as Renewal 211

Chapter 16 Childhood and Education 217

Chapter 17 Higher Education 227

Chapter 18 A New (and Ancient) Vision 235

Chapter 19 A Vision for Original Thinking 249

Notes 269

Index 287

Acknowledgments 299

Circle for Original Thinking 305

About the Author 307

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