Monday, May 21, 2007

coming soon: Prismind

In July, I'll be doing an IM interview with Zach Shatz, a gent who has written an interesting book titled Prisms and Mind, in which Shatz puts forward what I will hesitantly describe as a "prismatic paradigm" for understanding reality. The subtitle of Shatz's book is "Unifying Psychology, Physics, & Theology." Shatz has set himself a rather ambitious goal (EO Wilson tried a similar stunt with his book Consilience), and I plan to pepper him with questions.

If you're interested in buying Shatz's book-- which I encourage you do to-- please visit his website at

From the site:

One's consciousness can be scattered or integrated. When integrated, each concept or facet is informed by the rest, and so each facet reflects the totality.

This principle is found physically in holograms, in which any segmented piece contains the whole image from which it was cut. Similarly, in a gem, each facet is a window into the rest of the crystal. This "whole contained within the part" phenomenon is also present in the quantum entanglement of particle interactions.

Prisms and Mind contends that the processes of consciousness take after those of quantum behavior, which can be detected in patterns of verbal language. (The case is made, this is why good poetry can have mystical properties.) Unifying psychology, physics and theology, this book's content is integrated to the degree that the text is what it describes—a prismatic scheme of consciousness.

Integrating the psyche achieves wholeness in consciousness, providing a sanctum for the soul and realization of the Self.

This "mystical manual" is formatted in expository style on the right-hand pages, with fascinating research from across all disciplines on the facing left-hand pages. For example, find that gravity fields and magnetic behavior have been mapped with prismatic modeling; that an incredible array of scientific and technological devices have been developed with prisms; that Buddhism's "Indra's web" corresponds with nuclear chemistry's "lattice of the infinite crystal."

A truly successful metaphysics will accommodate the full range of history's "great ideas." Read how prism theory accounts for the schemes of Goethe, Wilber, Piaget, Bohm, Einstein, Sheldrake, Fuller, Jung, Nietzsche and others. Includes an extensive bibliography and four appendices exploring archetypal forms in culture and gender.


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