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Community and an Ethos of Science

Community and an Ethos of Science

H. Bruce Rinker

Biodiversity Research Institute, 19 Flaggy Meadow Road, Gorham, ME 04038, USA


A great synthesis of scientific ideas around the 17th century CE marked the emergence of modern science that later accelerated especially with the emergence of ecology and evolutionary thinking. However, the strict determinism and mechanistic assumptions inherent in the physical sciences delayed unification and, thereby, contributed inadvertently to the present-day scourges of fragmentation such as human-accelerated climate change and biodepletion. A philosophia prima is now required to repair and reunite human thought to achieve a consilient valuing as a platform for our survival. One such system of consilient valuing is presently available for our consideration as stewards of the planet: Gaia theory. Under the guidance of such “big picture” thinking, we may be able to unify the sciences, indeed all human belief, into an ecological and cultural equilibrium as encompassed by Gaia theory.


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Science, Religion and Culture


Vol. 5, Sp. Iss. 1 Pages 1-82


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