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COURSE TOPICSOne Reality, Many Perspectives?
1) One Reality, Many Perspectives?
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions--Outline and Study Guide
"How Culture Molds Habits of Thought" by Erica Goode
Timeline of Major Critical Theories in US
Worldviews: From Fragmentation to Integration
Lawson, Hilary. “Stephen Hawking is Wrong.”
Carroll, John. “I Enjoy Being a Virus.”
Stokes, Gale. “Why the West? The Unsettled Question of Europe’s Ascendancy.
Reflective Judgment Model Stage Related Assumptions about Knowing.
2) Who Am I, What is the Meaning of My Life, and How Can I Transform Myself?
Purpose of Life for the Individual." World Scripture.
Research Sources on Concepts of Person and Self
"Rethinking Reverence for Life" by Mike W. Martin
"A Confession" by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Walden by Henry Thoreau
"The Looking-Glass Self", Human Nature and the Social Order by Charles Horton Cooley
Descartes, Rene. Discourse on Method.
“The ‘Newly Defined’ Burden of Mental Problems.”
de Waal, Frans B.M.. “Do Humans Alone ‘Feel Your Pain’?”
Questions of King Milinda.
Illustration of Plato's Cave Allegory
“The Cave.” Plato’s Republic.
3) How Should I Act?
"Introduction to Ethics" by Robert Cavalier
"Buddhist Ideas for Attaining World Peace" by Ron Epstein
Ramonet, Ignacio. “Manufacturing Desire.”
Harry. "Manufacturing Desire."
Osborne, Lawrence. "Consuming Rituals of the Suburban Tribe."
“Deaths by Mass Unpleasantness: Estimated Totals for the Entire 20th Century”
Lasley, Janet and Pickett, Ilayna . “Introduction to Types of Ethical Systems.”
Kohlberg's Moral Stages
“[Nobel Laureate] Jody Williams.”
“Frontier Gandhi.”"The Islamic Gandhi: The world needs to know about Abdul Ghaffar Khan" by Amitabh Pal
“Peacemaker Hero: John Wallach.”
Bornstein, David. “The Barefoot Bank with Cheek.”
Bornstein, David. “Changing the World on a Shoestring.”
Thanissaro Bhikkhu. “The Healing Power of the Precepts.”
Thich Nhat Hanh. “Embracing Anger.”Wendell Berry. "Thoughts in the Presence of Fear."
4) Making Sense of Relationships: What is Love?
You Think You're in Love?"
"Love (Theological Virtue)" (Catholic Encyclopedia)
"The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta)" by Ñanamoli Thera.
Nagarjuna Bodhisattva. "The Four Immeasurable Minds" Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom.
Whitehead, Barbara Dafoe. “Dan Quayle Was Right.”
Muller, Charles, tr. “ Analects of Confucius.”
Muller, Charles, tr. "The Great Learning."
Venerable Hung I. “The Cultivation and Uplifting of Loving-Kindness.”
5) Our Place in Nature.
How to Win an Argument with a Meat-Eater
"A Buddhist Perspective on Animal Rights" by Ron Epstein
“Realities for the 90's”
Annan, Kofi. "Kofi Annan's Astonishing Facts."
“World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.”
The Garden Project
Stevens, William K. “How Much is Nature Worth?”
White, Lynn, Jr. “Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis.”
Thich Nhat Hanh. “Interbeing.”
Bogo, Jennifer. “Widespread Chemical Exposure Threatens Our Most Vulnerable Population.”
and Science in Natural Resource Agencies
Science, Technology and Religion
Joy, Bill. “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us.”
Engineering and Its Dangers
Steinbrenner, Dr. Ricarda. "What Is Genetic Engineering?"
Epstein, Ron. “Redesigning the World: Ethical Questions about Genetic Engineering.”
"Genetic Engineering: A Buddhist Assessment" by Ron Epstein
Preston, Richard. “Annals of Warfare: the Bioweaponeers.”