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A High Uintas Bookshelf

In this column we’ll list 2-4 interesting articles, books or the like that have caught our attention. They aren’t necessarily recent or recently read-- sort of a random compilation. Within a year, hopefully, we’ll have an established and detailed reading list. It won’t be complete without your additions. Please send suggestions and a descriptive sentence or two.

GUEST BOOK REVIEW BY JIM STEITZ

HUPC member and freshman at USU, College of Natural Resources

The Rebirth of Nature. Rupert Sheldrake. Park Street Press. l994.

This is a well researched history of human models of nature in different cultures and their roots in science, philosophy, and religion. The conflict between animism and mechanism is analyzed and Sheldrake offers a startling alternative to these two positions, and presents an entirely different world view that renders obsolete "laws of nature." He presents a model based on "morphic fields" that organize similar natural phenomena toward end results at all levels, from atomic nuclei to cultural traditions. He extends these ideas to argue for human kinship with nature. While the ideas are necessarily vague, they are consistent and compelling in their explanation of nature’s order and creativity, where reductionism fails. The book’s only faults are that it sometimes digresses too far into the details of past religions and stops prematurely in outlining the ethical implications of its ideas. But overall, the book is outstanding and challeges scientific fundamentals in favor of a model that is radical, yet believable all in a fairly short book that’s easy reading.


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