Integral Science LO30712

From: Vana Prewitt (
Date: 10/15/03

Replying to LO30707 --

At and all,

AM de Lange wrote:

>I am very disappointed in most of academia having thrown wholeness
>overboard. Students get specialised degrees which do not signify that
>they have been empowered to interact with society on a holistic basis.

yes, it also seems to me that in pursuit of academic interests and the
invariable chase for personal credit, the dialogue and process of inquiry
becomes more and more narrow -- less and less willing to embrace
alternative perspectives. I don't think we serve the goal of learning (in
organizations or elsewhere) when we use critical thinking to close off
inquiry. Instead (it seems to me), the goal is to open inquiry and look
beyond our assumptions into other realms of inquiry and ask how their way
of seeing the world might possibly inform our own.

>Vana, it seems to me (if you are not already doing it) that you will first
>have to delve deep into literature on wholeness,

I am moving in that direction. Actually, I guess I have been doing this
for the last 20 years without being clear that this was my intent.

In addition to Goerner, I have enjoyed reading Fritjof Capra's book The
Web of Life, and materials that make a conscious effort to cross
disciplines as they study and query phenomena. Truly, there are far too
few to note.


Vana Prewitt
UNC Chapel Hill Hospitals
and Praxis Learning Systems


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