The Spark
11:58 am
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

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