A Mind for Tomorrow: Facts, Values, and the Future

A Mind for Tomorrow: Facts, Values, and the Future

A Mind for Tomorrow: Facts, Values, and the Future

A Mind for Tomorrow: Facts, Values, and the Future

Synopsis

Stover and Erdmann argue that the crises threatening civilization can be solved only by adopting ethical systems more compatible with science. They examine Nobel Laureate Roger W. Sperry's ideas about consciousness and ethics, which, by reconciling science and religion and reinstating subjective experience into scientific views of the world, promise precisely that.

Excerpt

Someone once joked that if you were to heap up all the project proposals, feasibility studies, and planning documents produced by the American space agency, aerospace contractors, and other groups that deal with a piloted space mission to the planet Mars, you would not need to fly such a mission at all. The pile of paperwork itself would reach Mars.

We think a rather similar sentiment might be voiced about books dealing with the world's problems and how to solve them. No doubt some jaded reader out there is thinking even now that had all the energy spent writing about this topic been devoted to actually doing something about it, the world might be in rather better shape right now than it actually is.

On the other hand, there can be little doubt that, as we show in the pages ahead, humanity has reached a pivotal crossroads in its history. Within the next century (and perhaps much sooner) decisions will be made that will either set us on the path to a more fulfilling, humane, and progressive future or that will lead to oblivion. The stakes are high and the various social, cultural, religious, ethical, and even scientific worldviews that have managed to get us this far now seem grievously inadequate to seeing us past the next great hurdle in our evolution as a sentient species. What we need now as much as action are ideas: new ideas, new worldviews, new philosophies that will enable us to create a long-term, sustainable global civilization capable of carrying us through the next millennium.

This book is about one particular worldview that, in our opinion and that of many others, holds great promise in helping us advance toward such a future. It is a worldview with the potential to resolve the old and sterile confrontation between science and religion, facts and values, the world of what is and what ought to be, and, in so doing, to allow us to more effectively analyze, address, and resolve the various crises threatening the . . .

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