INTEGRATING SCIENCE AND TRADITIONAL WISDOM TO FIND OUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE
Our mainstream worldview has expired. What will replace it?
A worldview of deep interconnectedness
As our civilization careens toward a precipice of climate breakdown, ecological destruction, and gaping inequality, people are losing their existential moorings.
Our dominant worldview of disconnection, tells us we are — split between mind and body, — separate from each other, and — at odds with the natural world This worldview has passed its expiration date
It's not just dangerous—it's based on a series of flawed assumptions that have been superseded by modern scientific findings
Once we shift our worldview, another world becomes possible
The Web of Meaning offers a coherent and intellectually solid foundation for an alternative worldview based on deep interconnectedness, showing how modern scientific knowledge echoes the ancient wisdom of earlier cultures.
Weaving together findings from modern systems thinking, evolutionary biology, and cognitive neuroscience with insights from Buddhism, Taoism, and indigenous wisdom, it offers a rigorous and integrated way of understanding our place in the cosmos that can serve as a philosophical foundation for a life-affirming future.
But in each case, our mainstream culture has the answer wrong
Our dominant worldview was formed in seventeenth-century Europe, with deeper roots going back to the Greeks, and is based on a series of flawed preconceptions that have been superseded by modern findings in science. The Web of Meaning investigates each of humanity's existential questions. In each case, it shows the flaws of the dominant worldview—and lays out an alternative framework of interconnectedness, showing how the findings of modern science intersect with the wisdom traditions of the past.