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Looking more closely at the Enlightenment foundations of the scientific perspective, in order to locate the blind spot in that perspective. Discussion of how Cartesian ideas influence the Western perspective on thinking, and of how we might begin to see things differently.

Thinkers/writers quoted or cited: Plato, the Apostle Paul, Rene Descartes, Jean-Paul Sartre, Richard Dawkins, Terence McKenna, Martin Heidegger, Meister Eckhart

Also mentioned in passing: GWF Hegel, Edmund Husserl, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham, Monty Python

Related terms/concepts discussed: Plato’s allegory of the Cave; seeing through a glass darkly; Cartesian thinking, subject-object dualism & “Cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore, I am), solipsism; “brights,” axiomatic foundations of scientific methodology, “Balkanization of epistemology,” Scientism; das rechnende Denken (calculative thought) versus das besinnliche Nachdenken (contemplative thought), Gelassenheit (letting-go)

Works explicitly mentioned: Republic / Πολιτεία (Plato), 1 Corinthians / Α΄ Επιστολή προς Κορινθίους (Paul), Being and Nothingness / L’Être et le néant (Sartre)

Recommendations:

The Sheldrake – McKenna – Abraham Trialogues

Monty Python – Bruce’s Philosophers Song (Bruce’s Song) {Official Lyric Video]

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