The Unbearable Wholeness of Beings (from a footnote in TMWT Chapter 12)

  • Paul

    February 9, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Tom

    That is an absolutely fascinating and rewarding reference. Many thanks for digging it out and sharing.

  • Paul

    February 10, 2023 at 8:28 am

    Well, that’s now near the top of a long list of things I must listen to. Thanks very much Tom

  • David Baum

    February 17, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Hi! Thanks for this reference!

    One great thing about Dr. McGilchrist’s philosophy is that it can be comprehended in a flash, right-hemisphere style. I think it’s interesting that Talbott has to *argue* — left hemisphere style — for not treating
    organisms as machines. Once the difference has been pointed out, it
    seems like it should be obvious.

    But it’s not obvious to many people, and that’s our whole problem, isn’t it? The same sad dynamic applies to the widespread view that “humans are separate from nature,” a view characteristic of the left hemisphere apprehending the world in parts rather than as a continuous flow.

    The consequence is that we (humanity) treat the entire world as a “machine,” with predicable, disastrous results!

    • Don Salmon

      February 19, 2023 at 3:08 pm

      I’ve always loved Stephen’s writings. I do find that many (I would say most of us) benefit from this kind of detailed unfolding of science and assumptions underlying materialist science.

      At the same time, a wholly “heart based” approach is just as much if not more powerful. By “heart” I don’t mean “emotion” as much as direct experience.

      What is here now?

      That’s a question that comes to mind throughout the day. it’s immensely helpful, I find, in “dropping” the story of “me” and coming into a more immersed, holistic awareness of the Divine.

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