Reality may be viewed as spiritual, material or a combination of both. This book of essays brings together data from different fields, including philosophy, history, religion, physics, chemistry and biology. It shows that over time the subject of spirituality has been squeezed out of the popular and scientific discussion, leaving behind a strictly materialist interpretation of existence. The purpose of the book is to give a student an orientation to the broader picture so that he can make up his own mind rather than being simply swept along in the current trends. The essays are: "The Mind-Body Debate", "A History of the Material-Spiritual Discussion" and "The Doctrine of Materialism". For students high school and up. 56 pages.
Preface from the book
This group of essays serves as text material for a course at
the high school senior level. The course itself requires
additional individual research. It is part of the Heron
Curriculum, a K-12 curriculum developed initially for use in
the Delphian School in Sheridan, Oregon (www.delphian.org),
and subsequently also used in the network of Delphi
Academies around the U.S., as well as in other schools and in
The course is designed to arm a student with the awareness that there are more sides to the material-spiritual issue
than what he is likely to run into in modern media and scientific presentations. Because the public scientific environment and attitude is so monolithically materialistic, it
becomes necessary to emphasize the alternative view that
some spiritual aspect to reality is not only not at odds with
true science, but can help it meet challenges it encounters in
the realm of man and his cultures.
Without this sort of introduction, and surrounded by
materialistic assumptions in marketing, education, media,
science, medicine and especially psychology, it is quite a hill
to climb for a young person (or any person) to see far
enough past these assumptions to achieve his own reason
and judgment in the area. The aim here is just to give some
help in finding a balance.
About the Authors:
Alan Larson was the Founding Headmaster of the
Delphian School in Sheridan Oregon, as well as
the director of the expanding network of Delphi
Academies. In 1990 he retired from these duties
to devote full time to further development of the
curriculum used in the schools. This curriculum is
now published by Heron Books. His own education focused on mathematics and physics (Ph.D.
Mathematics, Stanford University).
Jay Nunley has worked since the founding of the
Delphian School on the development of its cur-
riculum. Also trained as a scientist (Ph.D.
Ecology, University of California, Davis), he has
been committed to helping students take increas-
ing charge of their educations and become aware
of biases introduced into education and society by
special interests, be they scientific or political.