Nature Exposed to Our Method of Questioning: Table of Contents
This book explores how we create our cultural assumptions about personhood, culture and nature. The following four questions frame the study: (1) How do premodern, modern, and postmodern perspectives in art, religion, philosophy, and science differ and interpenetrate? (2) What does it mean to integrate questions, ideas, values, and beliefs as we create our living environments? (3) What are symbols and metaphors and how do they contribute to the human dialogue? (4) How do purpose, intention, and consciousness foster creativity and influence our perceptions of human living?
Three conclusions emerged in exploring these questions:
(1) Models of earlier eras are not comprehensive enough to speak about the nature of our contemporary environment.
(2) Human models are creative human inventions.
(3) We benefit in defining open models rather than models which attempt to be universal in an all-inclusive fashion.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Since There is Something Rather than Nothing
Chapter 1: Is Creative Paradigm Change an Oxymoron?
Chapter 2: Evolutionary Worldviews
Chapter 3: The Axial Age
Chapter 4: The Metaphysical Indian Religious Traditions
Chapter 5: The Greek Discovery of the Mind
Chapter 6: The Western Synthesis
Chapter 7: The Western Synthesis Complexifies
Chapter 8: Symbols and Metaphors
Chapter 9: Art: The Province of Every Human Being
Chapter 10: The Relational Philosophies of China
Chapter 11: Chinese Philosophy and Western Science
Chapter 12: Cultures as Value-Guided Systems
Chapter 13: Science. Religion, and Creativity
Chapter 14: The Limitations within comparisons of Quantum Theory and Eastern Religious Traditions
Chapter 15: Falsification and Philosophy
Chapter 16: Conclusion
A. A Sufi Tale: When the Waters Were Changed
B. Nick Herbert’s Eight Versions of Quantum Reality