Brian Swimme, RalphAbraham, Stanislav Grof,Deepak Chopra, Rupert Sheldrake, LynnMargulis, Terence McKenna, and WilliamIrwin Thompson present their ideasconcerning the evolution of consciousness.
"The clockwork god is the deity who, in Isaac Newton's universe, set the great celestial clock in motion and then walked away to let natural law take over daily regulation of the spheres. According to this neat but limited understanding, religion worshiped the clockmaker god, whereas science examined the clock. The universe, twentieth-century science has found, is much more mysterious than a clock, and science is not as divorced from spirituality as Newton and his heirs thought. In this excellent collection of interviews with those working at the interface of science and spirituality, Ebert looks at such fascinating fields as chaos theory, the Gaia hypothesis, and nonlocal reality. The stellar cast of interviewees includes popular authors like Deepak Chopra and Terence McKenna and less well known but significant thinkers, such as Rupert Sheldrake and Brian Swimme. A woeful inattention to women in these burgeoning fields is the only real shortcoming of a book that is full of clear, accessible descriptions of the complex science behind theories. --Patricia Monaghan"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"From The Tao of Physics to At Home in the Universe, most successful books on science and spirituality have come from scientists whose research led them to embrace previously marginalized religious views or to develop a new understanding of the divine. So Ebert's argument that "the worldview of materialism is currently undergoing transubstantiation into a more spiritually-informed way of regarding the cosmos" is surely tenable. But his call to overthrow a Clockwork God is outdated, for most scientific theories have already moved beyond Newton's mechanistic vision of the universe. Ebert has assembled some important or influential thinkers for this book of interviews, however, including evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis, mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme, Deepak Chopra, biologist Rupert Sheldrake, chaos theoretician Ralph Abraham and mythologist William Irwin Thompson. Ebert seems inordinately enamored of LSD and other hallucinogens, so his discussions with Stanislav Grof and Terence McKenna, for example, focus on this topic to the detriment of other subjects. Throughout, Ebert remains a sensitive interviewer, willing to stay in the background while his subjects expound. Anyone interested in the confluence of spirituality and science will find material to engage and challenge in this congenial introduction to some of the most exciting and daring scientists of our era. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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