In her book Quantum Self, Donar Zohar states that in this century we have been plagued by an alienation in between consciousness and matter, a sense that we are strangers in this world. She traces these roots back to Plato’s distinction between the realm of ideas and knowledge, Christianity’s favouring of the soul more than the body (or at the price of the physique as somehow a vessel for sin), and the 17th Century philosophical and scientific revolution which brought in Cartesian doubt and Newtonian physics. The living cosmos of the Greek and mediaeval occasions in which the universe is filled with mystery, intelligence and purpose, was replaced by the sense of the universe as a clockwork machine.
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Jean Hardy cites Thomas Kuhn’s function The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, in which he states that there is a predominant scientific paradigm at any 1 time which creates a set of models about the nature of the globe. This opinion is echoed by Hardy once again in her pamphlet There is Another World, but it is This One, in which she expresses Karl Mannheim’s view that ‘the major institutions in that society….will represent that dominant set of assumptions about the nature of the society and its picture of reality’. (1988. P3.) These predominant paradigms have an effect on our innermost becoming, influencing the way in which we construct reality and make which means of the globe around us.