Thursday 24 July 2008
The New Tao of Physics - New Scientist
F. David Peat has a PhD in theoretical physics, and worked with David Bohm (of Imax fame *chortle*) and co-authored 'Science, Order and Creativity' with him, among many other serious Quantum treatise. check them out here: http://www.fdavidpeat.com/bibliography/books/books.htm
So it is with great delight that I found this story of his discovery of indigenous ways of being, 'coming-to-knowing' and direct experience of things, that we might call science, and his positive take on how much there is to learn from the non-western point of view.
He has even created a more holistic approach to the reading of the book, which is not simply fact after fact, but is cleverly written to require some rumination, some fine wine or abbotts ale, to fully digest and take in the deepness and subtlety of the ideas and mull over the contrasts of ways of being between western and indigenous peoples. More than once it made my head stretch (or was that the wine? ;-)
Worth a look!
PS Times Literary Supplement said: 'Peat finds constant parallels between the wisdom of ...elders and Heisenberg and Bohm'