A New Renaissance
We stand now at a crucial junction in history. It is apparent to many that reductionist science with its materialist values — the worldview that has driven modern culture for the last two centuries — is losing its credibility, the book proposes. It advocates that the economic goal of continued growth and acquisition, and the idea that there is no intrinsic meaning to life or purpose in the cosmos, are now widely seen as creating an unsustainable world.
The essays gathered in A New Renaissance: Transforming Science, Spirit and Society, are a cultural response to the failings of the materialist worldview. In the first part, contributions diagnose the sources of the crisis in the world today.
The second section searches for a new understanding of consciousness and mind based on the findings in recent non-materialist philosophy.
The third section looks to a renewal of spirituality beyond religion, aiming to recapture the personal depth and connection to the cosmos that materialism denies or ignores.
The fourth section examines possible reforms in politics, economics and education to bring forth a society that can sustain the flourishing of human beings in the globally interconnected world of the 21st century.