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December 8, 2011 at 7:37 am
I appreciate the enthusiasm. However, the idea that we all have to share a common reality is dangerously false. Our own personal realities are, indeed, real to us, though they may have nothing to do with the truth.
This is where the authors, particularly one being a physicist, have forgotten the very basic understanding of Boehm’s theory of light (one form a particle, the other a wave), which can never be viewed as both entities at once. We also have physicists from decades past recognizing and stating, and our physicist author here ought to know this, that no experiment can ever be conducted without the experimenter’s influence being exerted on the allegedly “objective evidence” obtained. All theory, all experiment and all knowledge is subjectively defined. It then begs the questions: whose subjective bandwagon of “shared understanding of reality” are you expecting us to pledge allegiance to?
Perspective defines reality. I believe our true future lies in the ability, which few seem to possess, of humbly accepting that our small view of the world, no matter how symbolically/metaphorically flush it may be, is just that: that of a singular, fallible human being.
When I see someone writing in an article: “We have the crucial knowledge!” I see nothing more than another permutation in the ego and book marketing game. Another wizard of oz show. Let us all remember it was just a dog, Toto, that revealed the wizard for who he really was, a person.
Joan C Wrenn
June 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Absolutely each of us is a bounded individual, and being finite, we are fallible.
However, since the beginning of time we individuals have existed in community, subtle threads connecting all created beings in a universal web of interaction.
Given that, I agree with the authors that the global community needs a united worldview, grounded in shared stories. Their melding of science and spirituality is very refreshing, providing a hope that we humans could indeed ‘get it right’ and heal creation from the human-caused disease that riddles it. A disease which, in my view, originates primarily in our insistence that each of us stands alone, and the results of that insistence.
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