The Third Culture

Participatory Science as the Basis for a Healing Culture

John Michael Barnes

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  • Retraces the evolution of human consciousness to show how participatory methods are emerging as the next step in the development of science.

Retraces the evolution of human consciousness to show how participatory methods are emerging as the next step in the development of science.

Format:
paperback
Size:
204 x 140 mm
Publisher:
Adonis Press
Subject:
Philosophy of Human Life
Extent:
144 pages
ISBN:
9780932776402
Publication date:
20 May 2010

Description

Modern science, with its causal and quantitative methods, has provided the basis for our technologically-driven society. But the technological prowess that has brought us incredible wealth and power has also led to the exploitation and degradation of nature. In addition, the reductive methods of modern science have left us without any scientific understanding of our own immediate experience: of the creative human spirit, or of the qualitative richness and dynamic wholeness of natural phenomena.

Retracing the evolution of human consciousness, this lively essay shows how participatory methods are emerging as a necessary next step in the development of science. As inaugurated by Goethe, further developed by Steiner, and independently conceived of by Polanyi, this new scientific approach calls for conscious participation in the processes and qualities of the world. It sees them as manifestations of creative forces that elude the methods of materialistic science. Insights into the dynamic principles of life and spirit provide the basis for a healing culture.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Participatory Science
The Crisis of Objectivism
From Monism to Dualism
Michael Polanyi's Personal Knowledge
Goethe
Steiner
Anthroposophy
Art
Applied Participatory Science
Toward a Third Culture
Notes

Reviews

'Barnes is effective in using anthroposophical language to delineate trends which often make good historical sense even without drawing on this spiritual science tradition.'
-- Martin Lockley, Scientific and Medical Network Review, Summer 2010

Author

John Barnes taught at Steiner-Waldorf schools for twenty-five years before becoming a publisher and author, focusing on his lifelong interest in Goethean, phenomenological science.

Links

Also by John Michael Barnes:
Goethe and the Power of Rhythm: A Biographical Essay

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