Apocalypse and Paradigm: Science and Everyday Thinking

Apocalypse and Paradigm: Science and Everyday Thinking

Apocalypse and Paradigm: Science and Everyday Thinking

Apocalypse and Paradigm: Science and Everyday Thinking

Synopsis

Harris seeks to diagnose the ailment that infects contemporary thinking and prevents adequate measures from being taken to counter the dangerous effect of the mechanistic and atomistic way of thinking. According to Harris, Newtonian science, despite Einstein's revolutionary change of paradigm, persists to this day and hinders the solution of major global problems.

Excerpt

At the beginning of the third millennium of the Christian era, the human race is menaced by terminal ailments that demand immediate and comprehensive treatment, of which there is as yet little sign and scant prospect. The nature and the seriousness of the dangers has long been recognized, and scientists have been warning the public and politicians for decades of the deterioration of the global environment and its fearsome results. It is widely accepted that this environmental deterioration has been and is still being caused largely by human activity: by the emission of industrial wastes and of greenhouse gases that produce global warming; the pollution of rivers, lakes, and oceans; the destruction of tropical rain forests; and over-use of fertilizers and insecticides and the general overcultivation of land which causes soil exhaustion and erosion, exterminates useful and scientifically important species, destroys habitats, and disrupts ecological systems. Still, nothing approaching adequate steps have been taken to check the processes of destruction nor to counteract their effects. One is immediately prompted to ask why.

It is a well-established fact that global warming is proceeding apace and that human activities are contributing significantly to its causes, but such measures as are contemplated to limit the use of fossil fuels and to restrain emissions of greenhouse gases are gravely insufficient and lamentably unreliable.

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