Monday, March 17, 2008

Consciousness is an aspect of life--Interview with Fritjof Capra

"Human beings have maximised certain variables - population, consumption, among others, and we have an economic system that says economies should grow indefinitely. Because of this, the entire planet is under stress and humanity on earth is like a foreign organism." -Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra is best known as the author of The Tao of Physics. Over the last 20 years, his work has evolved to include ecology and activism. He is the founding director of the Centre for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California.

How did you come upon the metaphor of the dance of Shiva for quantum particles, used so vividly in The Tao of Physics?

I had a profound experience sitting at a beach in California, where the boundaries faded away and I belonged to this larger whole, a cosmos which was dynamic, alive, and in motion in a patterned order of a dance. I was a particle physicist and knew what was going on around me in terms of patterns and molecules, and i had also read of the dance of Shiva. I put the two together. But it didn’t really come intellectually. It was an experience.

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