“Paradigm Shifts” (SB 3.24.31)

San Diego - 1992 / (024)

A 1986 edition of Discovery Magazine listed consciousness as one of the ten great questions yet to receive a comprehensive treatment in modern science. In response, Thompson argues that mechanistic paradigms lack efficacy to exhaustively explore subtle phenomena such as consciousness. In contrast, he recommends a serious examination of non-quantitative natural analyses such as those afforded within Eastern philosophy. He proposes that nonmechanistic evaluations drawn from these traditions can offer helpful tools for exploring ambiguous phenomena.