The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra describes a wholistic, more “eastern” approach to physics, science and even modern living, with man no longer separate from or dominant over nature, but as an itegral part, and whose consciousness is an essential component of the matrix of the life that we observe.
Frijof Capra proposes a “new” concept of matter based on ancient, oriental mysticism that, when applied to modern day physics, invalidates the concept of atomic particles as consisting of smaller and smaller building blocks. Instead of separate, independent pieces, made of different substances, there is but one substance (that I believe comes from universal or cosmic consciousness) out of which all matter is made of. And that the way scientists attempt to measure and observe matter, greatly influences it on a quantum level.
In the subatomic world, it is better to understand the nature and behavior of these particles as being all of the same substance and acting as inseparable parts of a much greater whole including the observer. They are to be seen not as independent phenomenon, but as part of much greater, very integrated system.
The author goes on to say that the present worldview and approach of modern day industrial science is to dominate and control nature in ways that are dangerous, harmful and ecologically disasterous. He states in page 335 of his book:
“I believe that human survival in the face of the threat of nuclear holocaust, and the devastation of the natural environment will be possible only if we are able to radically change the methods and values underlying our science and technology. As my last criterion I advocate the shift from an attitude of domination and control of nature, including human beings, to one of cooperation and nonviolence.” (1)
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Www.dhushara.com also goes into great depth on other subjects such as the origin of consciousness and quantum
physics. A similar version of my article, The Tao of Physics and The Science of Wholeness can also be found here: Science of Wholeness News Journal.
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(1) The Tao of Physics © 1999 by Fritjof Capra, page 335. Shambala Publications, Inc.