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ERIC Number: ED435021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Changes of the Human Mind.
Hill, Lilian H.
Five books, representing a small selection of possible readings on necessary changes of the human mind, point to a convergence of interest from different fields of study toward the need for modern society to develop the capacity to respond to the complexity of modern life and the newly acquired ability to destroy life on an unprecedented scale. Those books are as follows: "The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems" (F. Capra); "Common Fire: Lives of Commitment in a Complex World" (L.A.P. Daloz et al.); "In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life" (R. Kegan); "The Protean Self: Human Resilience in an Age of Fragmentation" (R. J. Lifton); and "Evolution of Consciousness: The Origins of the Way We Think" (R. Ornstein). Despite the differences in the five authors' approaches, they describe a consciousness that is: (1) capable of developing a more inclusive world view and forming allegiances beyond the local; (2) cognizant of the interdependence among humans and between humankind and the earth; (3) able to cope comfortably with ambiguity; and (4) able to value complexity and diversity. All five authors call for changes in the way humans think, the way humans relate to the rest of the world, and the way humans identify with all of humanity. Study of these authors leads to building a curriculum for a new consciousness. (KC)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: This essay has also been published in the book review section of "Adult Education Quarterly" (v49 n1 Fall 1998).