Fri January 11, 2013
Reason OR Intuition? Why not BOTH?
Past NASA scientist Dave Pruett wishes it weren't so often thought of as an either/or choice when it comes to intuition and reason. He spent a dozen years trying to get his thoughts down on paper. And the book is ready.
His labor-of-love tome (available on Amazon) is Reason and Wonder: A Copernican Revolution in Science and Spirit. A computational scientist and emeritus professor of mathematics at James Madison University, Dave has a pile of awards for excellence in teaching, for computational fluid dynamics (ahem --whatever that is), and even has a Templeton Foundation prize for probing issues of science/religion interaction.
On the Huffington Post, Dave raises points like:
"Sensation is an abstraction, not a replication, of the real world.... How do physical stimuli generate subjective experience?"
"Humans perceive light at a wavelength of 700 nanometers as red; we haven't a clue why red."
"What is consciousness if you cannot poke it with your finger?"
Dave says that the latter item above is a question science dislikes dealing with.
During his radio interview with us, Dave mentions Jean Houston, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Parker Palmer. Dave's website is ReasonAndWonder.ORG