The Marriage of Sense and Thought
Imaginative Participation in Science
Having imagined a machine-like world, scientists now haunt this machine uneasily. Their plight is paradoxical: they have realized their world only through intense mental effort, yet this effort finds no legitimate place in the world it so painstakingly comprehends. It seems “objectivity” only comes at a cost. Why, for example, is science unable to describe a smile? Why is the moral life of a physicist regarded as his or her own private affair?
This exclusion of human qualities from science has practical as well as theoretical consequences. If we systematically imagine a world in which human beings don’t exist, we will eventually create a world in which they cannot exist.
Reclaiming the human sources of scientific insight, the authors of this book restore the scientist to the world given by science and celebrate the joyous marriage of sense and thought.
“Likely to change many readers' comprehension of science.”Arthur Zajonc, author of Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry
“In this brilliant book, the authors build a fascinating bridge between science and the world of the senses, a bridge that holds great promise for overcoming the fragmentation and alienation that is so characteristic of our time.”Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life
C O N T E N T S:
1. Two Smiles
2. The Deeper Roots of Materialism
3. Changing Relations to Physical Reality
4. Conscious Participation
5. Science Coming of Age