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Product Details

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books (April 24, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883319420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883319427
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Paradigm Wars offers both important insights and constructive syntheses of the conflicting agendas that fuel our current cultural schizophrenia."
-Tom Kenyon, M.A., Director of Acoustic Brain Research, Inc. and author of Brain States

"Insightful, engaging, and comprehensive, Paradigm Wars is an indispensable guide to new conceptual pathways that may lead to the radical and constructive alterations needed to guide humankind in the 21st century."
-Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D., Tulane University, author of Contesting Earth's Future

"For a readable, thoughtful, and comprehensive guide to the shift in world-views now under way, I recommend Paradigm Wars."
-John White, M.A., author of The Meeting of Science and Spirit

"Paradigm Wars is a visionary work that achieves a superb scientific and spiritual synthesis of current transformational challenges. Most chapters can stand alone as introductions to their subject matter, yet the book as a whole allows us to see both the forest and the trees. It will appeal widely to diverse audiences, whether New Age, New Paradigm, or mainstream."
Martha Morrison, M.D./Psychiatry, author of White Rabbit

About the Author

Mark B. Woodhouse, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University, where he teaches courses in transpersonal psychology, Eastern thought, metaphysics, and the New Paradigm literature. He is the author of A Preface to Philosophy.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Nailen on October 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a book that will inspire a paradigm shift in your own thinking. I discovered this book while conducting a recent search for academic works in the field of the philosophy of parapsychology. I've read each of the recent (past 20 years or so) books in this genre and this one is the best by far. It is thorough, comprehensive, interesting to say the least, and well written. This is now the book I recommend to friends and acquaintances more than any other.

If a book is judged by the impact it has on the way you view and understand the world and thus the impact it has on your life, it's the best book I've read since Plato's 'Republic' and Raymond Moody's 'Life After Life' in college.
Let me put it this way; for the week after I bought it I literally could not put it down except for obligatory commitments and for sleeping. I even continued reading while eating my meals!
In short, buy it, read it and I promise you it will be the best money you've ever spent to expand your horizons.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Johnson on February 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Paradigm Wars is an amazing book that is not for the fainthearted or closedminded. You will not pick it up, read it through in a few sittings and feel as though you have gotten all you want. You will go back again and again. For example, imagine what a chapter entitled "Galactic Destiny" might contain that could stretch your imagination and blow your mind.
Mark Woodhouse has managed to produce a work that exists somewhere between academic and pop genres, which provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of major topics of the New Age in an extremely readable style. Each chapter can actually stand alone as an individual book, if one were so inclined, and this reader was delighted to see the length and depth of the topics. If that were not enough, there are 35 pages of footnotes as a junping off place for further investigation.
With over thirty years of academic achievement, Dr. Woohouse has the credentials to be taken very seriously in an arena that is so often misrepresented and misunderstood. As a philosopher he presents divergent points of view and then presents his own conclusions. Readers may agree or not. That's not the point. Presenting current thinking is what he has done so well. That the paradigm amy change tomorrow is not only probable but expected.
This reader, for one, is looking forward to a sequel and, in the meantime, sharing Paradigm Wars with people I am guesing are ready for it. Not everyone is.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Don Wood Files on June 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Well researched, with just the right amount of open-mindedness and skpeticism. However, at the end of the book, I was taken aback by what appeared to be a full-scale defense of the thesis that UFOs are really flying saucers with little green men inside. I kept re-reading this section of the book to see if this was a joke. It appears not to be. Anyone who has seen a crop circle will stand in awe of its majesty and mystery, but to go from that to belief in little green guys is too much of a leap from me. But, then again, maybe I am a dummy, and I didn't fully understand this part.
All in all, though, a very worthwhile read.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Mark Woodhouse (gmw@mitre.org) on December 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
While presenting a fairly comprehensive examination of the issues which highlight the weaknesses and limitations of the traditional Neutonian/Cartesian worldview, Dr. Woodhouse searches for a new worldview that can provide answers to a broader spectrum of reality, including the paranormal. Unfortunately, in the process he pays mere lip service to existing worldviews that already offer such answers (e.g., the judeo-christian worldview). It seems as though he is searching for an alternative explanation, being unwilling to accept the implications of existing ones.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "babendreyer" on March 16, 1999
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Well, I'd love to read a good book by that title and one might even copy the blurb texts and the table of contets of Woodhouse's book - all its weaknesses are in the fine print, so to say. The paradigm wars the title refers to are meant to take place between "traditional" (mechanistic, etc.) science and "new age" (holistic, etc.) world views, which present levels of complexity not available to the traditional approaches. No doubt such a war takes place presently... (1) It's an obvious problem that the "new" paradigm is conceptualized as being open and unfinished - together with the author's desire to appropriate all nice and interesting recent scientific developments for his side, one may at times wonder what the "new paradigm" is and what limits it necessarily must have. (2) Woodhouse limits is attention more or less to academic debate - but that's not primarily where the wars are being fought. (Does he think it really matters? The climate in academic institutions may depend on quite a number of factors beside rational arguments...) The bullets fly right in our everyday life situatios - when we see our physician and argue about a treatment (which may or may not be paid by health insurance depending on the influence that "traditional scientists" (aka drug manufacturers and their lackeys) have on the insurance firm). It also takes place in firms striving for enhanced effectiveness in the form of the question "will it be possible to make our employees work harder - or should we consider something new altogether?". And it takes many more forms one does not even find mentioned in this book. (3) On the fronts of these wars I know, the situation looks rather bleak for new approaches.Read more ›
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