By David P. Barash
Many high-profile public intellectuals -- together with "New Atheists" like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and the overdue Christopher Hitchens -- have argued that faith and technology are deeply adversarial, representing international perspectives which are completely incompatible. David Barash, a popular biologist with 40 years of expertise, mostly consents with them, yet with one very giant exception: Buddhism.
In this attention-grabbing e-book, David Barash highlights the exciting universal flooring among clinical and non secular notion, illuminating the numerous parallels among biology and Buddhism, permitting readers to work out either in a brand new approach. certainly, he exhibits that there are many locations the place Buddhist and organic views coincide and strengthen one another. for example, the cornerstone ecological thought -- the interconnectedness and interdependence of all ordinary issues -- is remarkably just like the basic perception of Buddhism. certainly, a huge Buddhist textual content, the Avatamsaka Sutra, which is composed of ten insights into the "interpenetration" among beings and their surroundings, might good were written by way of a proficient ecologist, simply as present insights in evolutionary biology, genetics and improvement could have been authored by means of the Buddha himself. Barash underscores different amazing similarities, together with a shared mistrust of easy cause-and-effect research, an appreciation of the "rightness" of nature, in addition to an acknowledgment of the ache that effects whilst ordinary tactics are tampered with. Buddhist Biology indicates how the concept that of "non-self," so complicated to many Westerners, is absolutely in step with glossy biology, as is the Buddhist standpoint of "impermanence." Barash either demystifies and celebrates the biology of Buddhism and vice versa, displaying in a concluding tour-de-force how glossy Buddhism --shorn of its hocus-pocus and abracadabra -- not just justifies yet really mandates either socially and environmentally "engaged" notion and perform.
Buddhist Biology is a piece of specific highbrow synthesis that sheds incredible gentle on biology in addition to on Buddhism, highlighting the awesome methods those views come jointly, like robust searchlights that provide complementary and gorgeous views at the international and our position in it.