October 22, 2005

Teilhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo

Bruce wrote: Actually, this anthropologist Gregory Bateson wrote about global minds and so forth back in the 60's and 70's - he may have been the first "serious" scientist who brought the issue up. Ahhh, how quickly the younger generation forgets..... :)Quote from this website:
Gregory Bateson [1904 - 1980] - Anthropologist, Social Scientist, Cyberneticist - known as Gregory - was one of the most important social scientists of this century. Strongly opposing those scientists who attempted to 'reduce' everything to mere matter, he was intent upon the task of re-introducing 'Mind' back into the scientific equations - writing two famous books Steps to an Ecology of Mind, and Mind & Nature as part of this task. From his point of view Mind is a constituent part of 'material reality ' and it is thus nonsensical to try to split mind from matter. Before being championed by the counter-culture of the 1960's Bateson had been busy in the 20's and 30's as an anthropologist in Bali, and in helping to found the science of cybernetics among many other things. Adopted by many thinkers in the anti-psychiatry movement because he provided a model and a new epistemology for developing a novel understanding of human madness, and also for his invention of the theory of the double bind.
To which Ustaath responded:REALLY let's get down to brass tacks and remember both Teilhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo (Overmind, Supermind) with very similar concepts and much older work. 2005-09-30

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