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

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


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ISBN-13: 9781583948903
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,220,374
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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Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JulieJuneFletcher More than 1 year ago
Glen Aparicio Parry has written an extremely important and timely book, Original Thinking. It does for consciousness studies what On the Origin of the Species did for natural sciences. Darwin’s observations and insight changed the way we see our cosmology, our understanding of origin and the meaning of humanity. Parry proposes a radical new way of envisioning consciousness and its relationship to our unfolding cosmology that could dramatically change the way we see ourselves in relation to our universe. In this visionary work, he addresses our misguided conceptions of time and space caused by a split between mind and nature that he proposes began early in our western consciousness.  Parry points to the shaping of western consciousness from this fragmentation as responsible for many challenges we face today. The way we view the world, and ourselves in it, has shaped the way we have interacted with it on every level, from spirituality to the technology.   Parry delves deep into our origins and weaves together a coherent picture of our divergence from the original knowledge we have lost.   Through wisdom and insight of his Native American teachers, Parry has realized that their cosmology is more aligned to a true understanding of reality that is being revealed by post Newtonian, quantum age physics. As many native language envision time, space and matter as non-linear, entangled and synchronistic, rather than linear, reductive and random, Parry points out that many concepts inherent in their languages and spirituality contain the seed of original wisdom that is crucial to the evolution of humanity. He reveals that our stages of evolutionary understanding are leading us back to a connection with the original consciousness, that place outside of our concept of time and space that holds the seed of creativity. He points out that our perspectival consciousness, always looking forward, makes our concept of progress problematic and dangerous because of its lack of context. It is this original knowledge that can inform our creativity, and make our technology more symbiotic. Parry has crafted a brilliant trans-disciplinary journey, covering diverse subjects expressively and accessibly, to elucidate the transformation that leads us back to an expanded awareness of our humanity, our place in the natural world as creators and a necessary embrace of original wisdom in cultivating a more symbiotic relationship with our universe. He is a profound thinker with an invaluable message for our age. 
CynthiaSueLarson More than 1 year ago
Deep thinking about who we are and our place in the world.  Glenn Aparicio Parry has written a philosophical book that shares insights about common assumptions in the western world about the nature of ideas, rational thinking, and the concept of original thought. Intriguingly, while the phrase “original thought” might bring creativity and “new” ideas to mind, there is a deeper significance to the title of this book with a very different meaning from the idea of the sense of origins, and already existing—that which originally existed, and is already here. Parry makes a case for rational thought being a subset of a greater awareness, and for benefits of restored balance being possible when we allow for larger awareness to move through us. As founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry organized a series of Language of Spirit conferences between indigenous elders, scientists, linguists, and philosophers. These dialogues provide the basis for many of the stories, quotes, and ideas in “Original Thinking.” I am grateful for having participated in the Language of Spirit conferences, and can attest to their ability to illuminate hidden truths and transform peoples’ lives. By delving into the nature of reality and consciousness, the basic concepts explored in those conferences were life changing for me personally, as I experienced a quality of shared awareness with others, and participation in perception of original thought. “Original Thinking” contains a great deal of the same sense of clarification and transformative presence that I felt while attending the Language of Spirit conferences, and I am grateful to Glenn Parry for sharing highlights of insights from the dialogues in this remarkable book. Parry has a gift for sharing down-to-Earth descriptions of his personal experiences with original thought that gives readers a sense of sharing the journey with him. “Original Thinking” is the perfect book for anyone interested in indigenous philosophy, consciousness, nature, and environmental awareness. This is the kind of book that can change the world, when read by new generations who wonder how original indigenous peoples were so tuned in to plants, animals, and the natural world. “Original Thinking” will be a beloved reference book on my bookshelf to be savored as initiating a very special kind of meditative journey into original thought. Highly recommended!