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Reflections on the Nature of Nature and Where We Fit In

Auteur: Jon Kabat-Zinn

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When I was twelve, a small group of boys whose families spent summers in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, because their parents had ties to the laboratories there, used to hang out in what was in those days the coolest place in town, the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratories) Club; that is, when we weren’t tooling around on our bikes or at the beach or going home for lunch. In between Ping-Pong games and the like, in rooms decorated with colored glass globes, starfish, and big crab shells hanging suspended beneath the ceiling in fishing nets, in cozy alcoves lined with musty books and built-in cushioned love seats and chess sets scattered about, I remember long conversations about big topics. Jaskin’s Drug Store stocked a whole rotating rack of Mentor paperbacks for fifty cents each, with titles such as One, Two, Three . . . Infinity and The Birth and Death of the Sun by George Gamow, and Frontiers of Astronomy by Fred Hoyle. We bought them up and read them voraciously and were enthralled. We would sit around drinking Cokes from green bottles we got from the big red machine in the basement of the MBL, where you had to pull the large handle around to the right after putting in your nickel to make the bottle drop down, reading out loud to each other and debating the big bang and the steady state theories, the nature of the universe and consciousness, and what it all meant for our lives. I still have my copy of One, Two, Three . . . Infinity. It has that old paperback smell, its pages yellowed and brittle, its spine broken. …
See Tegmark, M. Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, Knopf, New York, 2014; Greene, B. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, Knopf, New York, 2011.; and Randall, L. Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminated the Universe, HarperCollins, New York, 2011.
See the books put out by the Mind and Life Institute (www.​mindandlife.​org) on these various conversations between the Dalai Lama and Buddhist monks and nuns and scholars, and scientists from various disciplines, mostly cognitive neuroscience, psychology, biology, physics, and philosophy. See for example, Hasenkamp, W. (ed.). The Monastery and the Microscope: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mind, Mindfulness, and the Nature of Reality, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2017; and Harrington, A. and Zajonc, A. (eds.). The Dalai Lama at MIT, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2008; https://​www.​mindandlife.​org/​books/​.
And that is not counting the microbiome, bacteria on or within the body that equal or outnumber, according to various estimates, our own human cells. See, for example: https://​www.​ncbi.​nlm.​nih.​gov/​pmc/​articles/​PMC4991899/​.
Reflections on the Nature of Nature and Where We Fit In
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 12/2020
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535

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