The great scientific revolution of the last five hundred years, with its technological glories and medical miracles, has reached the firm conclusion that ours is a random, indifferent, and wholly impersonal cosmos. The world, we are told, is made up of particles and forces. Evolution, impelled by the single purpose of survival, is guided by chance through natural selection. DNA directs the chemical/mechanical unfolding of life. Consciousness and self, artifacts of the brain's firing neurons, are essentially inconsequential.
But this picture, Walter Alexander’s Hearts and Minds shows, has been fraying at the edges for many years. Progress in medicine, quantum physics, open-systems biology, consciousness studies, epistemology, the arts and philosophy--all have been pointing in a radically different direction.
Hearts and Minds tells the tale of these emerging discoveries – discoveries that reveal our own self and consciousness to be fully integral to the workings of the world.