Friday, August 17, 2012

Don't take the living world of now for granted!

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One of my favorite authors and guiding lights is the existential Buddhist, Steven Batchelor. Following Husserl and Heidegger, he convincingly makes the argument that the greatest crisis humanity now faces is that "we have taken this living world for granted and unthinkingly erected upon it the conceptual edifices of logic, mathematics, and science."

 As Heidegger said in his later writings, this has led to a situation where technology is no longer a tool in the hands of people, but a relentless power that is driving humanity toward the brink of its own destruction.“ *

* from Batchelor, Stephen (2010-02-26). Confession of a Buddhist Atheist (Kindle Locations 847-852). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
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