The Knowledge Drive: Confronting Mythological Beliefs

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2008 - 252페이지
The Knowledge Drive is an optimistic book that demonstrates how new, more accurate information conveys survival value and inevitably supplants our dysfunctional mythological beliefs. Before there was time for the accumulation of knowledge, early man created legends and religious myths to "understand" the world and ease the paralyzing awareness of his own mortality and the fear of natural forces beyond his control. We are increasingly aware of how these magical beliefs can lead to divisive religious practices, violence, and mans' continuing inhumanity to fellow man. Change is clearly needed. Now, rapid advances in many fields are giving us the techniques to modify our evolution and curtail our virulence. We can establish a more universal, equitable morality based on more accurate intelligence about our origins and place in the universe. Nevertheless, it is up to us as a species to choose our own future directions. We are thus in charge of our own destiny, a threatening thought to many. No prayers or appeals to magical forces will help. Dr. Bardon analyzes how our quest for knowledge is a basic human drive similar to the sex and nourishment drives. It arises from our survival instinct and is not based on moral or altruistic factors. Along with establishing knowledge as a source of power, the author discusses the Knowledge Drive from many other perspectives: its various motivations; the fact that it can be used for many purposes, even destructive ones; how it learns from adversity; how it often exacerbates inequality; and how it does not solve social problems unless given the necessary direction. Dr. Bardon looks at the multiple forces aligned against our efforts to obtain more reliable information. He shows how the Knowledge Drive not only triumphs over but also learns from these negative elements. Warnings about the fragility of our search for knowledge are misguided-it is rather the people mired in mythology who are vulnerable and need our compassion.

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Introduction
1
The Knowledge Drive A Look at Its Nature
7
The Urge to Know
25
Knowledge Thrives on Adversity
35
The Tumultuous Path
55
Science Fiction Becomes Reality
66
Knowledge the Problematic Force?
84
The Multiform Ways of Knowing
97
Action and Reaction
150
The Varieties of Religious Opposition
161
Alternatives to the Knowledge Path
169
Human Modification
180
The Knowledge Drive And Spirituality
186
Human Pride
196
Endnotes
211
Bibliography
224

The Creativity of Mythology
106
The World of Spirits and Gods
120
Contributions of the Paranormal
133
Index
237
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