I’ve been listening to The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, by the Dalai Lama. There are strong insights in it about both topics – spirituality and science. There are great stories about many of the famous people in science and about the upbringing of tibetan monks. But that isn’t the important part.
The Dalai Lama discusses something I think is really important, which is the need to talk about science in the context of who we are as humans, and to understand that ethics matters. The book repeats a single simple budhist goal over and over – to reduce the suffering of mankind. This wouldn’t be a bad dream for science to adopt.
This is a wise book. To get through the tough parts of the next few decades, a good helping of mindful wisdom might go well with our science. If you pick this up, or you’ve already read it, consider posting a comment and sharing your thoughts.