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B3 Mysticism and Science: Friends or Foes?

Description: Mysticism and science offer radically different approaches to comprehending reality. The primary tool of mysticism is intuition; the primary tools of science are observation and reason. Are these two "ways of knowing" destined to conflict, or can they be complementary? To address this question, we will explore mystical experience and thought through the eyes of medieval and modern mystics: Eckhart, Hildegard, and Teilhard de Chardin. We will explore modern scientific thought through the perceptions of great 20th-Century physicists: Einstein, Eddington, and Schroedinger, among others. What is perhaps surprising is the extent to which the mystical and scientific worldviews now complement one another. That's good news for humanity, which needs all the wisdom it can muster to face daunting challenges.

Instructor: Dave Pruett is a Professor Emeritus of applied mathematics at JMU, a former NASA researcher, and author of Reason and Wonder: A Copernican Revolution in Science and Spirit. LLI member Bill Painter is a retired Presbyterian minister and a trained Spiritual Director. Bill and Dave have both taught previously for LLI.


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Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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