- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Floris Books (January 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0863157599
- ISBN-13: 978-0863157592
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,586,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A New Renaissance: Transforming Science, Spirit, and Society Paperback – January 31, 2011
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David Lorimer is a writer, lecturer, editor, and program director of the Scientific and Medical Network. After a career as a merchant banker, Lorimer became a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College. He has a long-standing interest in perennial wisdom and has translated and edited books on the Bulgarian sage Peter Deunov. He is also a member of the International Futures Forum and editor of its digest, Omnipedia: Thinking for Tomorrow. David Lorimer is chair of the Wrekin Trust, an adult education charity. He is also vice-president of the Swedenborg Society and the Horizon Foundation (The International Association for Near-Death Studies in the U.K.), and chair of the University for Spirit Forum. He also chairs the All Hallows House Foundation, which is concerned with holistic health. His other books include Whole in One: The Near-Death Experience and the Ethic of Interconnectedness and Survival: Body, Mind, and Death in the Light of Psychic Experience.
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This book was born out of a vision by the Scientific Medical Network of the urgent need for action to address the now deeply rooted and dangerous ecological, political and spiritual crisis in which we find ourselves. A Manifesto for Change - Crisis as Opportunity: Seizing the Moment for a New Renaissance, written by Oliver Robinson, John Clarke and David Lorimer of the Network, (as reproduced in the Appendix of this book), was first published in 2009 in the SMN's own Network Review. Members were invited to submit essays on aspects of the crisis, which would discuss the causes of, and/or the paths beyond, the current crisis, to create an important repository of wisdom. The predominant aim was to underpin a program of action, to help the Network to "move boldly from theory to practice," with progressive solutions, not only within the Network itself but by working with other like minded organizations and within the wider global community.
What we have now in this excellent volume is a compilation of 25 of the best essays, many of them from some of the world's leading thinkers, bringing the latest scientific discoveries and philosophical ideas alongside ancient spiritual wisdoms.
The book is divided into four sections, under the headings; Worldviews in Transition, Consciousness and Mind in Science and Medicine, Spirituality and New Understandings of the Sacred, and finally Global and Local Transformation: Governance, Economics and Education (and also including, importantly, a chapter on the role of music and the arts in a possible future).
The scene is set in the first chapter (by Ervin Laszlo) by diagnosing the world's own health problems -unsustainable living, irrational behaviors and obsolete beliefs and aspirations. But crisis brings opportunities for transformation, in enlightened politics, a more socially aware business ethic, and personal responsibility. And underlying all of this is the need for a greater spiritual awareness, a shift of our dominant consciousness towards a connectedness with each other and with the natural world, a new understanding of humans as psychic beings. This is a theme that occurs again and again in many of the essays; that rediscovery of our souls, or the spirit in matter, or a sense of the sacred, or changes in human consciousness in some way, will be essential for finding a more meaningful and spirit filled world and for healing our planet. And this new understanding of reality must acknowledge the inadequacy of reductionist materialism and the mechanistic scientific worldview.
Readers will not agree with everything here. Boundaries are being pushed to limits of thought and understanding, but there are common threads of purpose, and urgency. There are practical ideas in plenty, and there are messages of hope from some authors, whilst others seem more doubtful that we still have time for change or indeed about the nature of the crisis itself.
I enjoyed reading all these essays immensely. Some are more technical than others, some the reader will find controversial. But all have their own profoundly important message from the authors' own hearts. They combine a rich pattern of diverse thinking, knowledge, wisdom and proposed solutions and together they form a valuable resource for healing this wounded earth.
However, all this effort will have been in vain unless the book promotes positive healing actions. As humans we have freedom of choice and the benefits of hindsight and foresight and if we want to we can put this to a healing purpose. And this, we are reminded, will variously require courage, confidence and determination to move ideas forward, changes in education, changes in mindset, hearts and minds, and a sense of personal responsibility. Some believe that change must start from small groups, within community, a bottoms- up approach, and that we have to change our beliefs and attitudes before we can change our values and behavior. Others stress the need for careful and respectful dialogue to establish a shared wisdom, for a unifying vision of our purpose on this planet and a call for global unity in diversity.
I could go on - there is so much wisdom in these pages. But to go into detail on any specific chapter would surely offend, albeit unintentionally, those I have left out.
I found more than a few typos throughout the book but given the speed with which this vitally important volume was brought into being, I can forgive those!
As humans we yearn to be happy, at peace, part of a global family. This book is an important step in that direction if we heed its wisdom and advice.