9781846941849

The New Philosophy of Universalism

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-09
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Summary

The New Philosophy of Universalism challenges the Dawkins-neoDarwinist view of a random universe in favour of an ordered bio-friendly one.

Author Biography

Nicholas Hagger studied Islamic and Oriental philosophy while lecturing at the University of Baghdad in Iraq and the University of Libya and as a Professor at Tokyo and Keio Universities, Japan.

Table of Contents

Notation
Numbers in Powers of Tenp. xiv
Larger Numbers in Powers of Tenp. xv
Prologuep. 1
The Story of Philosophy
The Origins of Western Philosophy
The Presocratic Greek Philosophersp. 11
The Philosophies of Early Religionsp. 17
Philosophical Summaryp. 21
The Decline of Western Philosophy and the Way Forward
Plato and Aristotle: Metaphysical and Scientific Emphasesp. 23
The Fragmentation of Modern Philosophyp. 32
The Way Forward: Reunificationp. 49
Philosophical Summaryp. 53
The Scientific view of the Universe and the order principle
Cosmology and Astrophysics: The Big Bang and the Origin of the Universep. 56
The Big Bang and Infinite Singularityp. 57
The Shaping of the Universep. 63
Acceleration, the Surfer and the Infinitep. 68
Overview of the Big-Bang Modelp. 72
Philosophical Summaryp. 78
Physics: The Quantum Vacuum and the Expanding Force of Lightp. 80
Newton's Ordering Lightp. 81
Hidden Variables and Orderp. 84
The Quantum Vacuum and Infinite Orderp. 86
Philosophical Summaryp. 95
Biocosmology: The Bio-Friendly Universe and Orderp. 97
Six Models for the Structure of the Universep. 98
The Bio-friendly Modelp. 99
Philosophical Summaryp. 125
Biology and Geology: The Origin of Life and Evolution
The Origin of Lifep. 127
Plate Tectonicsp. 133
Ice Agesp. 136
Evolution by Natural Selectionp. 143
Apes and Humansp. 149
DNA and the Oneness of all Living Thingsp. 156
Darwinism: Evidence and Doubtsp. 161
Intelligent Design?p. 165
Expansionism: "Mechanism" of Orderp. 170
Philosophical Summaryp. 176
Ecology: Nature's Self-Running, Self-Organising Systemp. 178
Instinct: Inherited Reflex or Transmitted Order?p. 181
Food Chains, Food Webs and Order in Nature's Ecosystemsp. 192
Co-operation and Symbiosis in "The Great Chain of Being"p. 197
Ailments and Co-operative Healing Plantsp. 211
Philosophical Summaryp. 217
Physiology: The Self-Regulating Body, Brain and Consciousness
The Body's Homeostasisp. 218
The Brain's Homeostasisp. 231
How Photons Control Body and Brainp. 241
Interaction of Brain and Levels of Consciousnessp. 246
Philosophical Summaryp. 253
The Metaphysical view of the Universe in the New Philosophy
The Rational Approach to Reality and the System of the Universep. 258
Rational Ontology: The Concept and Structure of "What Is"p. 263
Form from Movement Theory: The Origin and Creation of the Universep. 269
The Rational Universe as a System of Lightp. 273
The Law of Order and the Law of Randomnessp. 277
Rational Approach to Metaphysicsp. 280
Possibility of Survival after Deathp. 284
Rational Solutions to Philosophical Problemsp. 288
Philosophical Summaryp. 290
The Intuitional Approach to Reality and the System of the Universep. 292
Intuitional Ontology and the Experience of What Isp. 293
Intuitional Epistemology and the Intellectp. 294
Intuitional Psychology and the Multi-Levelled Selfp. 299
The Intuitional Universe as a System of Lightp. 307
Intuitional Approach to Metaphysicsp. 319
Philosophical Summaryp. 322
Reunification of Rational and Intuitional Universalismp. 324
Reunification of Science and Metaphysicsp. 327
Metaphysical Revolution: Five Reunificationsp. 329
A New Disciplinep. 331
Order in Human Affairs: Applications of Universalist Thinking
New Understanding of the Past
Historical Universalismp. 334
Cultural Universalismp. 337
Literary Universalismp. 344
Shaping the Future
Environmental Universalismp. 347
Political (World-Government) Universalismp. 355
Religious Universalismp. 357
Epilogue
Summaryp. 361
Closing Visionp. 365
Postscriptp. 368
Appendices
Constants and Ratios
326 Fundamental Physical Constants-complete listing in alphabetical orderp. 372
152 Fundamental Physical Constants-grouped under fieldsp. 388
75 Ratios - extracted from table A.p. 394
Biology's Big Bang: the Cambrian Explosionp. 396
Natural Light's Effect on Growthp. 398
The electromagnetic spectrump. 400
The Human Brain
General view of the human brainp. 401
The pineal gland or pineal body or epiphysisp. 401
The human brain showing the claustrum and amygdalap. 402
Francis Crick's illustration of the claustrump. 402
The Human Eye and Reception of Light
General view of the human eyep. 403
How photons are conveyed to the brainp. 403
Light-brain transfer in close-upp. 404
Richard Dawkins' illustration of the reception of lightp. 405
Appendix 6p. 406
Notes and References to Sourcesp. 407
Bibliographyp. 443
Indexp. 449
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