By Basarab Nicolescu
The quantum, organic, and data revolutions of the 20th and twenty-first centuries must have completely replaced our view of fact, but the previous standpoint in response to classical technology is still dominant, reinforcing a proposal of a rational, mechanistic global that permits for unending development. In perform, this view has promoted a lot violence between people. Basarab Nicolescu heralds a brand new period, cosmodernity, based on a modern imaginative and prescient of the interplay among technological know-how, tradition, spirituality, faith, and society. right here, truth is plastic and its everyone is energetic members within the cosmos, and the realm is at the same time knowable and unknowable. finally, each human acknowledges his or her face within the face of each different person, self sufficient of his or her specific non secular or philosophical ideals. Nicolescu notes a brand new spirituality freed from dogmas and appears at quantum physics, literature, theater, and artwork to bare the emergence of a more recent, cosmodern attention.
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Extra info for From Modernity to Cosmodernity: Science, Culture, and Spirituality
This body of knowledge is thus inevitably invariant, stable, and permanent, despite the many forms assumed in its transmission and despite the distortions introduced by time and history. Although transmission is most often made by word of mouth, it can nevertheless also be made by writings or works of art or by myths or rites. Paradoxically, the old idea of an invariant body of knowledge appears to be absolutely unprecedented in the contemporary world, haunted by the cult of personality, whether in politics or in art, in sports or in science.
The death of the subject, which heralds all other deaths, is the price one has to pay for objective knowledge. As one important French philosopher asserted, the subject becomes just a word in a phrase. . 3 The human being becomes an object—an object of the exploitation of one human being by another; an object of the experiments of ideologies that are proclaimed scientific; and an object of scientific studies, to be dissected, formalized, and manipulated. The human/God becomes a human/object, of which the only result can be self-destruction.
A true relationship of contradictory complementarity seems to unite science and Tradition: what Tradition discovers inside the richness of the inner life, science discovers, through isomorphism, in the corporeality of natural systems. 46 In a way that may seem paradoxical, contemporary science goes against this kingdom of quantity, in spite of the blind applications of its findings, applications that are otherwise beyond its understanding. At the same time, it is clear that science cannot represent wisdom by itself, for it deals with human Reality only as a partial aspect.