Thursday, October 1, 2009
Measuring the Immeasurable
Goleman et al (2008), Measuring the Immeasurable (Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Inc).
This is a collection of essays by many writers about science and spirituality. There is a wide range of articles from using the scientific methods to measure spiritual experiences to understanding the spiritual experiences itself. Some of the writers are well known while others are not. Some essays engaged the subject seriously while other are pure baloney. The main thesis of the book failed not because of the use of science but in the use of a generic spirituality. A genetic spirituality is utterly meaningless in that it can be taken to mean anything. That is precisely what many of the writers did. A serious engagement of science and spirituality needs to define what both science and spirituality are.