The Awakening Earth: The global brain, by Peter Russell, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1982; Ark, 1984; revised edn. Arkana (Penguin), London, 1991 (incl. Foreword by Marilyn Ferguson), 272 ff.
Gaia for humankind By Howard Jones
The message of this book is somewhat similar to that of the Gaia books by James Lovelock, except that Lovelock focuses on the natural environment while Russell considers primarily the societal factors that we should address if we want to continue to survive and prosper: `optimistic attitudes can actually help promote a better world'. This is now established fact in psychology and sociology, and this message is to be found in many books on personal development and health (by Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Herbert Benson, for example)
Peter Russell is a Fellow of the Californian Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Scottish Findhorn Foundation. IONS was founded in 1973 by astronaut Edgar Mitchell to explore spirituality from a scientific viewpoint, and Findhorn was founded the previous year as a spiritual community in a remote part of Scotland. Russell has written several other books, alone or in collaboration with others, on this same theme of the urgent need to protect aspects of our environment with Earth's rapidly increasing population and seriously depleting resources by encouraging a rationally based spiritual outlook.
Though originally written three decades ago, it was thought worthwhile to produce a new edition in the following decade and its message is still relevant today. The book opens with a discussion of the Gaia hypothesis as an example of James Miller's Living Systems.Read more ›
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