The Science of Enlightenment

The Science of Enlightenment
Author: Shinzen Young
Publsiher: Sounds True
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2016-09-01
ISBN 10: 1622037480
ISBN 13: 9781622037483
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Science of Enlightenment Book Review:

“Enlightenment”—is it a myth or is it real? In every spiritual tradition, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is in fact a natural experience, as real as the sensations you are having right now—and that through the investigation of your own thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you can awaken to clear insight and a happiness independent of conditions. For decades, one of the most engaging teachers of our time has illuminated the many dimensions of awakening—but solely at his live retreats and on audio recordings. Now, with The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings to readers an uncommonly lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your cognitive capacities, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of all your experiences. As thousands of his students and listeners will confirm, Shinzen is like no other teacher you’ve ever encountered. He merges scientific clarity, a rare grasp of source-language teachings East and West, and a gift for sparking insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, humor, and firsthand accounts that reveal the inner journey to be as wondrous as any geographical expedition. Join him here to explore: Universal insights spanning Buddhism, Christian and Jewish mysticism, shamanism, the yogas of India, and many other paths How to begin and navigate your own meditation practice Concentration, clarity, and equanimity—the core catalysts of awakening Impermanence—its many aspects and how to work with them Experiencing the “wave” and “particle” natures of self Purification and clarification—how we digest mental blockages and habits through inner work Emerging neuroscience research, the future of enlightenment, and much more For meditators of all levels and beliefs—especially those who think they’ve heard it all—this many-faceted gem will be sure to surprise, provoke, illuminate, and inspire.

Karl Popper Science and Enlightenment

Karl Popper  Science and Enlightenment
Author: Nicholas Maxwell
Publsiher: UCL Press
Total Pages: 390
Release: 2017-09-26
ISBN 10: 1787350398
ISBN 13: 9781787350397
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Karl Popper Science and Enlightenment Book Review:

Here is an idea that just might save the world. It is that science, properly understood, provides us with the methodological key to the salvation of humanity. A version of this idea can be found in the works of Karl Popper. Famously, Popper argued that science cannot verify theories but can only refute them, and this is how science makes progress. Scientists are forced to think up something better, and it is this, according to Popper, that drives science forward.But Nicholas Maxwell finds a flaw in this line of argument. Physicists only ever accept theories that are unified – theories that depict the same laws applying to the range of phenomena to which the theory applies – even though many other empirically more successful disunified theories are always available. This means that science makes a questionable assumption about the universe, namely that all disunified theories are false. Without some such presupposition as this, the whole empirical method of science breaks down.By proposing a new conception of scientific methodology, which can be applied to all worthwhile human endeavours with problematic aims, Maxwell argues for a revolution in academic inquiry to help humanity make progress towards a better, more civilized and enlightened world.

Science and the Enlightenment

Science and the Enlightenment
Author: Thomas L. Hankins,Professor Thomas L Hankins
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 1985-04-26
ISBN 10: 9780521286190
ISBN 13: 0521286190
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Science and the Enlightenment Book Review:

This book is a general history of eighteenth-century developments in physical and life sciences.

Science and Enlightenment

Science and Enlightenment
Author: Nicholas Maxwell
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 108
Release: 2019-03-05
ISBN 10: 9783030134198
ISBN 13: 3030134199
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Science and Enlightenment Book Review:

This book argues that two great problems of learning confront humanity: learning about the nature of the universe and about ourselves and other living things as a part of it; and learning how to become civilized. The author proposes that with the creation of modern science in the 17th century, the first problem was essentially solved. But the second problem has still not been solved today, and that combination of solving the first problem, but failing to solve the second one, puts us in a situation of unprecedented danger. All our current global problems are the result. The 18th century Enlightenment tried to solve the second great problem of achieving world enlightenment by learning from the solution to the first problem, but in implementing this idea, they made three serious blunders. These ancient blunders are still built into academia today. Correct the three blunders we have inherited from the Enlightenment, and we would have what we so urgently need: institutions of learning, universities and schools, rationally designed and devoted to helping us resolve our conflicts and global problems, and thus make progress towards a good, genuinely civilized world. Science and Enlightenment: Two Great Problems of Learning will interest a broad audience, ranging from academics, university students and teachers; journalists, politicians and general readers concerned about global problems and the fate of the world.

Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now
Author: Steven Pinker
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-02-13
ISBN 10: 0141979100
ISBN 13: 9780141979106
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Enlightenment Now Book Review:

'My new favourite book of all time' Bill Gates TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred, and irrationality. Yet Steven Pinker shows that this is an illusion - a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. If you follow the trendlines rather than the headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, happier, more peaceful, more stimulating and more prosperous - not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent and inspiring value system that many of us embrace without even realizing it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The challenges we face today are formidable, including inequality, climate change, Artificial Intelligence and nuclear weapons. But the way to deal with them is not to sink into despair or try to lurch back to a mythical idyllic past; it's to treat them as problems we can solve, as we have solved other problems in the past. In making the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century, Pinker shows how we can use our faculties of reason and sympathy to solve the problems that inevitably come with being products of evolution in an indifferent universe. We will never have a perfect world, but - defying the chorus of fatalism and reaction - we can continue to make it a better one.

How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain

How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain
Author: Andrew Newberg, MD,Mark Robert Waldman
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-03-15
ISBN 10: 1781807132
ISBN 13: 9781781807132
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain Book Review:

In this original and groundbreaking book, Dr Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldmanturn their attention to the pinnacle of the human experience: enlightenment. Through his brain-scan studies on Brazilian psychic mediums, Sufi mystics, Buddhist meditators, Franciscan nuns, Pentecostals, and participants in secular spirituality rituals, Newberg has found the specific neurological mechanisms responsible for an enlightenment experience - and how we can activate those circuits in our own brains. In his survey of more than one thousand people who have experienced enlightenment, Newberg has also discovered that in the aftermath they have had profound, positive life changes. Enlightenment offers us the possibility to become permanently less stress-prone, to break bad habits, to improve our collaboration and creativity skills, and to lead happier, more satisfying lives. Relaying the story of his own transformational experience as well as including the stories of others who try to describe an event that is truly indescribable, Newberg brings us a new paradigm for deep and lasting change.

Science and Spectacle in the European Enlightenment

Science and Spectacle in the European Enlightenment
Author: Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent,Christine Blondel
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 9780754663706
ISBN 13: 0754663701
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Science and Spectacle in the European Enlightenment Book Review:

The essays in this volume consider the interplay of science and spectacle in eighteenth-century Europe, describing the variety of public demonstrations of science in sites ranging from academies and laboratories to shops and streets.

Material Enlightenment

Material Enlightenment
Author: Joanna Wharton
Publsiher: Studies in the Eighteenth Cent
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2018-10-12
ISBN 10: 9781783272952
ISBN 13: 1783272953
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Material Enlightenment Book Review:

A methodologically innovative account of the role of women writers in the development of early psychological theory and practice in the long eighteenth century.

Artisanal Enlightenment

Artisanal Enlightenment
Author: Paola Bertucci
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-11-28
ISBN 10: 0300231628
ISBN 13: 9780300231625
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Artisanal Enlightenment Book Review:

A groundbreaking work that places the mechanical arts and the world of making at the heart of the Enlightenment What would the Enlightenment look like from the perspective of artistes, the learned artisans with esprit, who presented themselves in contrast to philosophers, savants, and routine-bound craftsmen? Making a radical change of historical protagonists, Paola Bertucci places the mechanical arts and the world of making at the heart of the Enlightenment. At a time of great colonial, commercial, and imperial concerns, artistes planned encyclopedic projects and sought an official role in the administration of the French state. The Société des Arts, which they envisioned as a state institution that would foster France’s colonial and economic expansion, was the most ambitious expression of their collective aspirations. Artisanal Enlightenment provides the first in-depth study of the Société, and demonstrates its legacy in scientific programs, academies, and the making of Diderot and D’Alembert’s Encyclopédie. Through insightful analysis of textual, visual, and material sources, Bertucci provides a groundbreaking perspective on the politics of writing on the mechanical arts and the development of key Enlightenment concepts such as improvement, utility, and progress.

The Anatomy of Blackness

The Anatomy of Blackness
Author: Andrew S. Curran
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 310
Release: 2011-08-15
ISBN 10: 1421401509
ISBN 13: 9781421401508
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Anatomy of Blackness Book Review:

This volume examines the Enlightenment-era textualization of the Black African in European thought. Andrew S. Curran rewrites the history of blackness by replicating the practices of eighteenth-century readers. Surveying French and European travelogues, natural histories, works of anatomy, pro- and anti-slavery tracts, philosophical treatises, and literary texts, Curran shows how naturalists and philosophes drew from travel literature to discuss the perceived problem of human blackness within the nascent human sciences. He also describes how a number of now-forgotten anatomists revolutionized the era’s understanding of black Africans and charts the shift of the slavery debate from the moral, mercantile, and theological realms toward that of the "black body" itself. In tracing this evolution, he shows how blackness changed from a mere descriptor in earlier periods into a thing to be measured, dissected, handled, and often brutalized. "A definitive statement on the complex, painful, and richly revealing topic of how the major figures of the French Enlightenment reacted to the enslavement of black Africans, often to their discredit. The fields of race studies and of Enlightenment studies are more than ready to embrace the type of analysis in which Curran engages, and all the more so in that his book is beautifully written and illustrated."— Symposium "This is an important contribution to an important topic. But it is also a model of how intellectual history should be done."— New Books in History "The breadth of Andrew Curran's knowledge about the Enlightenment is astonishing... The book makes the convincing point not only that Africa is a major focus in the Enlightenment's imagination, but also that natural history and anthropology are central to understanding not only its scientific agenda, but also its humanitarian politics."— Centaurus "Curran's Francotropism and medical background enable him to develop insights that should prove important to the ongoing transnationalization and discipline-blurring of literary and cultural studies."— Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment "Curran's ability to dissect and explain complicated arguments of the period's major thinkers is impressive."— Choice

The Science of Useful Nature in Central America

The Science of Useful Nature in Central America
Author: Sophie Brockmann
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-09-17
ISBN 10: 1108421237
ISBN 13: 9781108421232
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Science of Useful Nature in Central America Book Review:

Demonstrates the role of local and global scientific knowledge about landscapes and environment in shaping Central America.

Secular Spirituality

Secular Spirituality
Author: Harald Walach
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2014-09-18
ISBN 10: 3319093452
ISBN 13: 9783319093451
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Spirituality Book Review:

This book discusses spirituality as an emerging scientific topic from a historical perspective, with extensive discussion of the mind-body problem and of scientific concepts of consciousness. While the book focuses on the Western tradition of ‘Enlightenment’, it also implicitly addresses the double meaning of the term, with the Eastern tradition describing it as ‘a state of true knowledge, which is an important goal on an individual’s spiritual path’ and the Western tradition seeing it as ‘the collective process of getting rid of narrow-minded dogmas and concepts’. The book is based on a simple yet challenging premise: Science has not gone far enough in the scientific process of going from a collective mind tied up in dogmatic teachings to a truly free mind that, seemingly, freed itself from bondage and restrictions. The book shows that science, and with it our whole Western culture, has to incorporate spirituality if it is to realize this goal of enlightenment. If that is done, and it can only be done by many individuals actually practicing spirituality, this will also lead to the individual type of enlightenment.

The Mind Illuminated

The Mind Illuminated
Author: CULADASA,Matthew Immergut, PhD
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2017-01-03
ISBN 10: 1781808791
ISBN 13: 9781781808795
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mind Illuminated Book Review:

The Mind Illuminated is a comprehensive, accessible and - above all - effective book on meditation, providing a nuts-and-bolts stage-based system that helps all levels of meditators establish and deepen their practice. Providing step-by-step guidance for every stage of the meditation path, this uniquely comprehensive guide for a Western audience combines the wisdom from the teachings of the Buddha with the latest research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Clear and friendly, this in-depth practice manual builds on the nine-stage model of meditation originally articulated by the ancient Indian sage Asanga, crystallizing the entire meditative journey into 10 clearly-defined stages. The book also introduces a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, and uses illustrations and charts to help the reader work through each stage. This manual is an essential read for the beginner to the seasoned veteran of meditation.

Vitalism and the Scientific Image in Post Enlightenment Life Science 1800 2010

Vitalism and the Scientific Image in Post Enlightenment Life Science  1800 2010
Author: Sebastian Normandin,Charles T. Wolfe
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 377
Release: 2013-06-15
ISBN 10: 9400724454
ISBN 13: 9789400724457
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vitalism and the Scientific Image in Post Enlightenment Life Science 1800 2010 Book Review:

Vitalism is understood as impacting the history of the life sciences, medicine and philosophy, representing an epistemological challenge to the dominance of mechanism over the last 200 years, and partly revived with organicism in early theoretical biology. The contributions in this volume portray the history of vitalism from the end of the Enlightenment to the modern day, suggesting some reassessment of what it means both historically and conceptually. As such it includes a wide range of material, employing both historical and philosophical methodologies, and it is divided fairly evenly between 19th and 20th century historical treatments and more contemporary analysis. This volume presents a significant contribution to the current literature in the history and philosophy of science and the history of medicine.

Versions of History from Antiquity to the Enlightenment

Versions of History from Antiquity to the Enlightenment
Author: Donald R. Kelley
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 515
Release: 1991-01-01
ISBN 10: 0300047762
ISBN 13: 9780300047769
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Versions of History from Antiquity to the Enlightenment Book Review:

Annotation Contains texts from 112 historians of the last three millennia who discuss the problems, purposes, and methods of history writing. Kelley provides commentary and interpretation. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

Towards a New Enlightenment

Towards a New Enlightenment
Author: Michelle Baddeley
Publsiher: Turner
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2019-04-24
ISBN 10: 9788417141219
ISBN 13: 8417141219
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Towards a New Enlightenment Book Review:

Addresses key issues in understanding the decade 2008-2018 and its impact on the societies of the future. Brings together the articles B28of twenty-two prestigious international experts in different fields of thought. Through an informative approach, the essays form a transversal view of today's thinking. This is the tenth title of the Open Mind essay collection published by BBVA.A27.0We are living through years of great importance, marked by the unstoppable evolution of technology, science and the information society. This book brings together twenty-two essays written by prestigious researchers from the world's leading universities on areas as diverse as crucial to our future: climate change, artificial intelligence, economics, cyber-security and geopolitics, democracy, anthropology, new media, astrophysics and cosmology, nanotechnology, biomedicine, globalisation, gender theory and the cities of the future.

The Joy of Science

The Joy of Science
Author: Richard A. Lockshin
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2007-11-05
ISBN 10: 1402060998
ISBN 13: 9781402060991
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Joy of Science Book Review:

This book reveals that scientific logic is an extension of common, everyday logic and that it can and should be understood by everyone. Written by a practicing and successful scientist, it explores why questions arise in science and looks at how questions are tackled, what constitutes a valid answer, and why. The author does not bog the reader down in technical details or lists of facts to memorize. He uses accessible examples, illustrations, and descriptions to address complex issues. The book should prove enlightening to anyone who has been perplexed by the meaning, relevance, and moral or political implications of science.

A Cultural History of Medical Vitalism in Enlightenment Montpellier

A Cultural History of Medical Vitalism in Enlightenment Montpellier
Author: Elizabeth A. Williams
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-03-02
ISBN 10: 1351962566
ISBN 13: 9781351962568
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Cultural History of Medical Vitalism in Enlightenment Montpellier Book Review:

One of the key themes of the Enlightenment was the search for universal laws and truths that would help illuminate the workings of the universe. It is in such attitudes that we trace the origins of modern science and medicine. However, not all eighteenth century scientists and physicians believed that such universal laws could be found, particularly in relation to the differences between living and inanimate matter. From the 1740s physicians working in the University of Medicine of Montpellier began to contest Descartes's dualist concept of the body-machine that was being championed by leading Parisian medical 'mechanists'. In place of the body-machine perspective that sought laws universally valid for all phenomena, the vitalists postulated a distinction being living and other matter, offering a holistic understanding of the physical-moral relation in place of mind-body dualism. Their medicine was not based on mathematics and the unity of the sciences, but on observation of the individual patient and the harmonious activities of the 'body-economy'. Vitalists believed that Illness was a result of disharmony in this 'body-economy' which could only be remedied on an individual level depending on the patient's own 'natural' limitations. The limitations were established by a myriad of factors such as sex, class, age, temperament, region, and race, which negated the use of a single universal treatment for a particular ailment. Ultimately Montpelier medicine was eclipsed by that of Paris, a development linked to the dynamics of the Enlightenment as a movement bent on cultural centralisation, acquiring a reputation as a kind of anti-science of the exotic and the mad. Given the long-standing Paris-centrism of French cultural history, Montpellier vitalism has never been accorded the attention it deserves by historians. This study repairs that neglect.

The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment
Author: Dorinda Outram
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 165
Release: 2005-09-08
ISBN 10: 9780521837767
ISBN 13: 0521837766
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Enlightenment Book Review:

This is the second edition of a unique textbook on the Enlightenment.

Industrial Enlightenment

Industrial Enlightenment
Author: Peter M. Jones
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-10-03
ISBN 10: 1526130319
ISBN 13: 9781526130310
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Industrial Enlightenment Book Review:

Industrial Enlightenment explores the transition through which England passed between 1760 and 1820 on the way to becoming the world’s first industrialised nation. In drawing attention to the important role played by scientific knowledge, it focuses on a dimension of this transition which is often overlooked by historians. The book argues that in certain favoured regions, England underwent a process whereby useful knowledge was fused with technological ‘know how’ to produce the condition described here as Industrial Enlightenment. At the forefront of the process were the natural philosophers who entered into a close and productive relationship with technologists and entrepreneurs. Much of the evidence for this study is drawn from the extraordinary archival record of the activities of Matthew Boulton (1728–1809) and his Soho Manufactory. The book will appeal to those keen to explore the dynamics of change in eighteenth-century England, and to those with a broad interest in the cultural history of science and technology.