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The Science of Oneness A World View For Our Age

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  • Copyright: 2006-04-11
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Summary

The Science of Oneness weaves modern science together with experiential, spiritual and cultural knowledge. It presents a scientifically valid vision of reality that is conscious, creative, loving, and purposeful. It balances openness to all sources of knowledge with critical evaluation of their reliability. Each chapter offers experiential activities, thought-provoking questions and guided meditations to stimulate intuitive understanding. It provides a coherent world view for cultural creatives and the holism movement.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xv
Prologue 1(3)
How to use this book 4(3)
PART I: TOWARDS A SCIENCE OF ONENESS 7(58)
1 Science and Knowledge
9(13)
An Overview of the Scientific Approach to Knowledge
9(1)
Technical Limits to Science
10(1)
Science and Belief
11(4)
Science, Subjectivity and Culture
15(2)
The Light and the Shadow of Science
17(3)
In Conclusion
20(2)
2 Perception and Reality
22(9)
Sensations, Models and Facts
22(4)
Language as Mental Model
26(2)
The Way the Brain Works
28(2)
In Conclusion
30(1)
3 Other Ways of Knowing
31(14)
Reason and Logic
31(3)
Intuition and Spiritual Knowing
34(2)
Knowing as Relationship
36(4)
Approaches to Oneness
40(4)
In Conclusion
44(1)
4 Reliable Knowledge and Wisdom
45(14)
Testing the Reliability of Knowledge
45(4)
Cooperative Inquiry
49(1)
Wisdom
50(3)
In Conclusion
53(2)
Review of Part I
55(4)
Reflections on Part I
59(6)
A Meditative Review of Our Journey So Far
59(2)
The Power of Final Causes
61(1)
Quotations about Knowledge and Wisdom
62(3)
PART II: THE SCIENCE OF SYSTEMS 65(44)
5 The Nature of Systems
67(13)
Self-regulating Systems
67(3)
Chaos
70(5)
Self-organization
75(2)
Network Simulations
77(1)
In Conclusion
78(2)
6 Of Parts, Wholes and Holons
80(9)
The Boundaries of Systems
80(1)
System Identity
81(3)
Holons and Holarchies
84(3)
The Holarchy of Nature
87(1)
In Conclusion
88(1)
7 Evolution
89(10)
Differentiation, Integration and Emergence
89(2)
The Role of Disturbances
91(1)
Chance and Necessity
91(3)
Evolution and time Stability, Change and Revolution
94(1)
In Conclusion
95(1)
Review of Part II
96(3)
Reflections on Part II
99(10)
Illustrations of Connection, Wholeness and Fragmentation
99(2)
A Guided Meditation on the Effect of Fragmented Thinking
101(1)
A Guided Meditation to Explore Chaos
102(1)
Exploring Self-organization and Form
103(2)
A Meditation on Self-Organization
105(2)
A Reflection on Polarities in Reality
107(1)
A Reflection on Evolution
108(1)
PART III: RELATIVITY AND QUANTUM PHYSICS 109(40)
8 The Physics of the Very Large
111(9)
3-D Space and 4-D Spacetime
111(1)
The Perception and Measurement of Time
111(3)
The Relativity of Space and Time
114(4)
Spacetime
118(1)
In Conclusion
119(1)
9 The Physics of the Very Small
120(15)
Fields
120(1)
Solitons
121(2)
The Source of Matter
123(1)
Wave-Particle Duality
124(2)
Quantum Entanglement
126(2)
Consciousness and Matter
128(3)
The Nature of Ultimate Reality
131(3)
In Conclusion
134(1)
Review of Part III
135(4)
Reflections on Part III
139(10)
What Does It Mean to Understand Something?
139(1)
Experiences of Time
140(6)
The Nature of Reality
146(3)
PART IV: THE EVOLUTION OF THE COSMOS 149(38)
10 A Brief History of the Universe
151(10)
The Challenges and Limits of Cosmology
151(2)
The Moment of Creation
153(2)
The Evolution of the Cosmos
155(2)
Dark Matter and Dark Energy
157(1)
Where Will It End?
158(1)
In Conclusion
159(2)
11 Cosmos, Consciousness and Destiny
161(10)
Conscious Evolution
161(5)
Cosmic and Human Destiny
166(4)
In Conclusion
170(1)
12 Cosmic Design and Evolution
171(7)
A Designer Universe?
171(2)
Cosmic Evolution?
173(3)
In Conclusion
176(2)
Review of Part IV
178(3)
Reflections on Part IV
181(6)
Before the Beginning
181(2)
The Creative Act
183(2)
Cosmic Design
185(2)
PART V: LIFE 187(60)
13 The Nature and Origins of Life
189(10)
What Is Life?
189(3)
The Miracle of Life
192(2)
The Origins of Life
194(3)
In Conclusion
197(2)
14 Development
199(10)
The Process of Differentiation
200(1)
The Process of Morphogenesis
201(5)
Archetypes and Wholeness
206(2)
In Conclusion
208(1)
15 The Evolution of Life
209(13)
Variation
209(4)
Natural Selection
213(2)
Emergence of New Species
215(1)
The Role of Organisms
215(1)
Competition and Cooperation
216(4)
A New Theory of Evolution?
220(1)
In Conclusion
221(1)
16 Ecosystems and Gaia
222(11)
Ecology
222(5)
Gaia
227(4)
In Conclusion
231(2)
Review of Part V
233(4)
Reflections on Part V
237(10)
What is Life?
237(1)
Connecting with the Miracle of Life
238(2)
Who Am I?
240(1)
Who Are We?
241(1)
Connecting with the Earth
242(5)
PART VI: BRAIN, MIND AND CONSCIOUSNESS 247(76)
17 Science, Mind and Consciousness
249(5)
In Conclusion
253(1)
18 Mind, Consciousness and Matter
254(12)
The Materialist View
255(1)
Mind and Consciousness as Emergent Properties of the Brain
256(4)
Mind and Consciousness as Inherent in All Matter
260(3)
Individual and Aggregate Mind and Consciousness
263(2)
In Conclusion
265(1)
19 Brain, Mind and Consciousness
266(8)
Brain Structure and Development
266(1)
Brain Function
267(1)
Mind-body Interactions
268(3)
Memory
271(2)
Brain and Consciousness
273(1)
In Conclusion
273(1)
20 The Experience of Human Consciousness
274(18)
Normal Waking Consciousness
274(2)
The Subconscious Mind
276(1)
Transpersonal Consciousness
277(1)
Before Birth and Near Death
278(3)
Past Lives, Other Lives
281(2)
Consciousness and Material Reality
283(2)
Parapsychology
285(3)
Unity Consciousness
288(3)
In Conclusion
291(1)
21 Theories of Consciousness
292(15)
The Hard Problem of Consciousness
293(1)
The Development of Normal Consciousness
294(3)
The Evolution of Normal Consciousness
297(6)
Theories of Transpersonal and Unity Consciousness
303(3)
In Conclusion
306(1)
Review of Part VI
307(2)
Reflections on Part VI
309(14)
The Relationship of Mind and Matter
309(2)
The Experience of Transpersonal Consciousness
311(3)
The Essence of Unity Consciousness
314(3)
Mindfulness Meditation
317(3)
The Power of Transpersonal Consciousness
320(3)
PART VII: SPIRIT AND SPIRITUALITY 323(62)
22 The Nature of Spirit
325(7)
What is Spirit?
325
The Nature of Spirit
316(14)
God and Spirit
330(1)
In Conclusion
331(1)
23 The Diversity of Spirituality
332(13)
To Be Human Is To Be Spiritual
332(1)
The Varieties of Spirituality
333(3)
Exoteric and Esoteric Spirituality
336(3)
Transcendent and Immanent Spirituality
339(5)
In Conclusion
344(1)
24 Towards a Spirituality for Our Age
345(10)
The Integration of Transcendent and Immanent Spirituality
346(2)
Participatory and Co-creative Spirituality
348(4)
Towards a New Model of Spirituality
352(2)
In Conclusion
354(1)
25 Who Am I?
355(8)
The Experience of the Self
355(2)
The Self as Story
357(1)
The Holistic Self
358(2)
Coming to Terms with Death
360(2)
In conclusion
362(1)
26 Why Am I Here?
363(7)
The Meaning of Life
363(3)
The Purpose of Life
366(2)
Setting About Our Task
368(1)
In Conclusion
368(2)
Review of Part VII
370(3)
Reflections on Part VII
373(12)
On Spirit
373(2)
The Search for Truth
375(2)
Who Am I?
377(2)
Coming to Terms with Death
379(2)
The Meaning and Purpose of Life
381(2)
The Successful Life
383(2)
PART VIII: JOURNEY'S END 385(14)
A Final Review and Challenge
387(3)
A Final Reflection: The Inward and the Outward Journeys
390(9)
Sources and Notes 399(12)
References 411(16)
Index 427

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