KARL JASPERS FORUM
( MATERIALISM AND MINDFULNESS )
by Zvi Lothane
17 June 2008, posted 21 June 2008
Psychology professor emeritus Steven Rosen addresses the "two cultures" dilemmas of PHYSICS, not of PSYCHOLOGY.
The two cultures are materialism and mindfulness.
Physicists have for some decades have "softened" quite remarkably, as reflected in the spiritual and psychological statements by Eddington, Jeans, Einstein.
On the other hand, psychology and literature, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, have "hardened" by philosophizing with the brain.
We live, or should live, in a world where physics was made for man, not man for physics.
C. P. Snow had something else in mind than addressing the dilemmas of physics:
On 7 May 1959, Snow delivered an influential Rede Lecture called The Two Cultures, which provoked "widespread and heated debate". Subsequently published as The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, the lecture argued that the breakdown of communication between the "two cultures" of modern society — the sciences and the humanities — was a major hindrance to solving the world's problems. In particular, Snow argues that the quality of education in the world is on the decline. For example, many scientists have never read Charles Dickens, but artistic intellectuals are equally non-conversant with science (The Wikipedia).
The best representative of combining the two cultures is Sigmund Freud.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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