Modern Civilization: A Crisis of Fragmentation

  • Title : Modern Civilization: A Crisis of Fragmentation
  • Author : S C Malik
  • ISBN 13 : 9788124610299
  • Year : 2020
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DETAILS ISBN: 9788124610299 Year Of Publication: 2020 Edition: 1st Edition Pages : xxxiv, 190 . Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index Language : English Binding : hardcover Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd. Size: 23 Weight: 500 OVERVIEW The crisis of the age inheres in this, that notwithstanding the century’s mind-numbing disasters, it persists in subscribing to propositions which have logically led to the atomization of the whole cloth of human experiencing, and being. Great indeed is the value which is placed on the procedure of analytic dismemberment. While the method has certainly been result-producing, materially, in its wake it has brought immense suffering – both physical and spiritual. The price paid for a lopsided advance is thirty major wars – with their toll of one hundred and thirty million lives, and the irreparable destruction of the natural environment. The time demands a reappraisal of the basic paradigms of human existence, but the hegemony of well-entrenched vested interests – material or intellectual – would seem to preclude this. The “advanced” people among the mankind of the day become suicidally specialized. For, if the mechanical model of thought has been of advantage in man’s preceding unfolding, the same, what may be called the “survival” paradigm, now creates dangerous dualities, binary oppositions (you–me, body–mind, East–West, etc). The model has outlived its usefulness merely enforcing dormancy on a major part of the human brain. It behoves mankind to choose wisely right now – since parallel to the socio-economic, scientific and technological revolutions there has got to be the overdue radical psychic transformation. The first step towards clearing the fateful crisis would therefore be to be aware and end the hold of the linear, causal, mechanical thought orientation over the intellectual culture of the times. Delving deep into the epistemological­ cum ontological causation of the emergency confronting the being and becoming of man, this volume provokes the thoughtful lay reader to a serious engagement with his or her self. CONTENTS Endorsements Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition Acknowledgements List of Figures Introduction Evolutionary Perspectives Obsolescence in Research: The Biological Analogy New Ideas in Biology Morphogenetic Fields, Evolution and Consciousness Morphic Resonance: Some Examples Implications of Morphic Resonance Behaviour Instinct and Learning Modified Materialism The Conscious Self The Creative Universe Transcendent Reality A Study of the Past and the Concept of Time Learning and Communication Learning Is Unlearning What Is True Communication? Barriers to Learning and Communication Beyond Barriers The Person: Physical and Social Conditioning Physical Conditioning Social Conditioning The Person: Will and Loss of Experience Does the Person Have a Will? The Loss of Experience The Dual Nature of Mechanical Thought The Fragment and the Whole Dichotomous Thought The Dual Movement Who Am I? The Pole of Birth and Death Creativity and Self-expression Dimensionless Space as Eternal Silence Bibliography Index