The Universe, Life and Everything

dialogues on our changing understanding of reality


Author: Sarah Durston,Ton Baggerman

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9048539056

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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he way we understand the world we live in is changing. Our traditional understanding is being challenged by developments in physics, including quantum mechanics, and our inability to explain certain complex phenomena such as consciousness. In this book, scholars from a variety of backgrounds discuss how our understanding of our world is expanding to include such phenomena.

A Unique Window Into the Soul's Understanding of Reality


Author: Kim Ripley Hartt

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 1616638389

Category: Philosophy

Page: 104

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A Unique Window into the Soul's Understanding of Reality is a compilation of original essays by Kim Ripley Hartt designed to bring readers to a new understanding of themselves. These essays cover basic questions about the mind with regard to family, work, and life's purpose and direction. Kim's writings expound on topics such as life, death, health, and spiritual renewal to open up readers' minds to a new awareness of themselves. This book embraces interest in spiritual, philosophical, and New Age thought. Anyone who has ever wondered about his or her place in the world will find food for thought in this collection of essays. Readers are encouraged to meditate upon these writings and come back to them again and again, as each reading will reveal new truths, depending on events that have transpired since the initial reading. Open your heart and mind and allow your thoughts to be naturally guided as you look through A Unique Window into the Soul's Understanding of Reality.

The Production of Reality

Essays and Readings on Social Interaction


Author: Jodi O'Brien

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9781412915199

Category: Psychology

Page: 550

View: 7830

This social psychology reader contains readings from popular literature as well as from peer-reviewed journals and 'framing essays' written by the editors. All articles have been chosen with their readability and appropriateness for an undergraduate audience.

Mind and Life

Discussions with the Dalai Lama on the Nature of Reality


Author: Pier Luigi Luisi

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231529708

Category: Religion

Page: 232

View: 3168

For over a decade, a small group of scientists and philosophers members of the Mind and Life Institute have met regularly to explore the intersection between science and the spirit. At one of these meetings, the themes discussed were both fundamental and profound: can physics, chemistry, and biology explain the mystery of life? How do our philosophical assumptions influence science and the ethics we bring to biotechnology? And how does an ancient spiritual tradition throw new light on these questions? Pier Luigi Luisi not only reproduces this dramatic, cross-cultural dialogue, in which world-class scientists, philosophers, and Buddhist scholars develop a holistic approach to the scientific exploration of reality, but also adds scientific background to their presentations, as well as supplementary discussions with prominent participants and attendees. Interviews with His Holiness the Karmapa, the Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, and the actor and longtime human rights advocate Richard Gere take the proceedings into new directions, enriching the material with personal viewpoints and lively conversation about such topics as the origin of matter, the properties of cells, the nature of evolution, the ethics of genetic manipulation, and the question of consciousness and ethics. A keen study of character, Luisi incorporates his own amusing observations into this fascinating dialogue, painting a very human portrait of some of our greatest and most intimidating thinkers. Deeply textured and cleverly crafted, Mind and Life is an excellent opportunity for any reader to join in the debate surrounding this cutting-edge field of inquiry.

Issues in Contemporary Christian Thought

A Fortress Introduction


Author: Duane Olson

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451407319

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Olson's clear and concise overview roots contemporary questions firmly in Christian responses to the Enlightenment. He discusses the range of contemporary opinions, their rationales, and what's at stake. Olson illustrates these alternate frameworks as they play out in central concerns over the being of God in relation to the universe, how to understand the figure of Christ today, and the distinctively new notions of being human. Specifically geared to the novice theologue in college or seminary settings, Olson's text includes Reflection/Research Questions, Suggestions for Further Reading, and a Glossary.

Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Health Care


Author: Marilyn A Ray

Publisher: F.A. Davis

ISBN: 0803644701

Category: Medical

Page: 471

View: 5945

How do you perceive your cultural identity? All of us are shaped by the cultures we interact with and the cultural backgrounds and ethnicities that are part of our heritage. Take a dynamic approach to the study of culture and health care relationships. Dr. Marilyn A. Ray shows us how cultures influence one another through inter-cultural relationships, technology, globalization, and mass communication, and how these influences directly shape our cultural identities in today’s world. She integrates theory, practice, and evidence of transcultural caring to show you how to apply transcultural awareness to your clinical decision making. Go beyond common stereotypes using a framework that can positively impact the nurse-patient relationship and the decision-making process. You’ll learn how to deliver culturally competent care through the selection and application of transcultural assessment, planning and negotiation tools for interventions.

Buddhist-Christian Dialogue as Theological Exchange

An Orthodox Contribution to Comparative Theology


Author: Ernest Valea

Publisher: James Clarke & Co

ISBN: 0227905237

Category: Religion

Page: 260

View: 1854

Buddhist-Christian Dialogue as Theological Exchange is an Orthodox cont ribution to comparative theology. Ernest M. Valea uses comparative theology as a new approach in contemporary Buddhist-Christian dialogue in order to ensure mutual respect for each religious tradition’s uniqueness and that dialogue is beneficial for all participants interested in a real theological exchange. As a result of the impasse reached by the current theologies of religions (exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism) in formulating a constructive approach in dialogue, this volume assesses the thought of the founding fathers of an academic Buddhist-Christian dialogue in search of clues that would encourage a comparativist approach. These founding fathers are considered to be three important representatives of the Kyoto School—Kitaro Nishida, Keiji Nishitani, and Masao Abe—and John Cobb, the American process theologian. The guide line for assessing their views of dialogue is the concept of human perfection, as it is expressed by the original traditions in Mahayana Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity. Following Abe’s methodology in dialogue, Buddhist-Christian Dialogue as Theological Exchange proposes a reciprocal enrichment of traditions, not by syncretistic means, but by providing a better understanding and even correction of one’s own tradition when considering it in the light of the other, while using internal resources for making the necessary corrections.

Masao Abe a Zen Life of Dialogue


Author: Donald W. Mitchell

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462902618

Category: Philosophy

Page: 479

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Masao Abe: A Zen Life of Dialogue is a compilation of essays that cover the life and work of Masao Abe, perhaps one of the greatest Zen Buddhist communicators of the twentieth century. Masao Abe has opened up a rich dialogue between Japan and the West. He is considered the leading living Zen figure in the Kyoto School of Buddhist thought and the successor of D.T. Suzuki, his early mentor, as the foremost exponent of Zen Buddhism in the West. Through stories and recollections, thirty-five leading intellectual figures explore Abe’s encounter with the West, including his work on interfaith dialogue as a basis for world peace as well as his comparative philosophical scholarship over the past thirty years. This book is a retrospective and an extra ordinary step ahead in the encounter between Zen and the West.

International Symposium on Astrophysics Research and on the Dialogue Between Science and Religion

July 8-12, 2002, Vatican Observatory, Castel Gandolfo, Italy


Author: Chris Impey,Catherine Petry

Publisher: Libreria Editrice Vaticana


Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 5673

International Symposium on Astrophysics Research and on the Dialogue between Science and Religion presents the results of a meeting sponsored by the Vatican Observatory and inspired by its recent devotion to two major new initiatives. In addition to continuing its programs of research in astrophysics, during the past decade the Vatican Observatory has sought to provide (1) scholastic dialogue between science and religion, and (2) education and research in astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology for aspiring young scholars, particularly those from developing countries. The symposium itself was designed to promote dialogue between science and religion among established scholars that would also find a place in the work and lives of such young scholars. The result is this unique contribution to literature that combines presentations of research results by young scientists with scholarly discussions on modern topics in the interdisciplinary area of science and religion.