Involution: An Odyssey Reconciling Science to God
A light-hearted journey through creation's evolution and its legacy:memory. In the company of Reason and Soul memory's recovery is traced through the intuitions of scientific genius. Painters and Musicians keep pace in this sweep of symphonic prose. From early Greece to the dissolution of Modernism mind and matter, first divided , now re-approach their recovered Unity. Adding Involution is adding yeast to flour; it bakes a lighter loaf.
That science has reached the end of its habitual road, and must apply itself to the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness, and a synthesis with spirituality has now become commonplace and the subject of innumerable books.
‘Involution- An Odyssey’ differs from these by retracing the scientific journey to reveal how and why science has reached the current impasse. Instead of lamenting the consequences of the road less travelled by science, the road of inner, spiritual understanding, it reveals the presence of quiet inspiration all along. The torch bearers that lit the scientific journey: the Keplers, and Faradays that apprehended new relationships, were the scientific mystics, the counterparts of spiritually revealed truth. This work exposes the similarity between religious and scientific genius, by taking the journey afresh.
In the good natured company of Reason and Soul the reader is invited on a journey through the landscape of Western thought. From the emergence of early man on the Serengeti plains, through Mesopotamia, the pre-Socratic Aegean, the Dark and Middle ages to the Renaissance and Enlightenment what the epic journey reveals is the process of Involution, the recovery of evolutionary memory. The inspirations of genius are the knots in the scientific rosary, and other languages—painting and music—keep pace, all equally reflective of that recovery towards all embracing holism.
Science, it is proposed, is the incremental transfer of the memory of evolution encoded in DNA to the collective intellect which has built the scientific paradigm, a model of memory. The entire chronology of scientific recovery is needed to reveal the mirror that involution provides of evolution; from the ‘at-one-ment’ of primitive man for whom the gods lay in the manifested natural world, through the increasing separation of intellect that came to perceive the natural world as separate, ‘outside’ the mind of man. Tools and the intellect of collective science have severed man from his true nature. The incremental penetration of collective memory to the dawn of creation has recovered everything in theory, but at the price of a false separation between mind and matter, Man and God. Here they are re-united.
Comprehensive footnotes demonstrating ‘a rare depth of perceptive scholarship’ (Lorimer) are there for those who like their facts; (they take no scientific knowledge for granted) but it is the high symphonic vision of the wood and not the trees that is central. Poetry has always been the language of mysticism and this is mystical science, amused, self-mocking and a lot of fun The author’s grasp of the principal elements of Western culture is masterly and her poetic narrative woven together with extraordinary subtlety. David Lorimer, Director Scientific and Medical Network
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