'What Gave You That Idea?' is Released
In his new book, 'What Gave You That Idea? ? Rediscovering The Development of Our Worldviews', Georges Kassabgi considers the origins and development of worldviews with their embedded assumptions, objectives, values and morality, as well as the consequent ups and downs. Indeed, each worldview developed over time before it was considered established. All along, scholars attempted to improve the human condition in the future by focusing on what constitutes the highest levels of complexity (i.e. body and mind) because that was somewhat accessible or measurable. "Each worldview is good-up to a point," says Kassabgi. He then asks, "Can't we aim at a higher point and achieve, in the future, a society that is better than what many people experience today?"
In order to answer that question, Kassabgi suggests, above all, that efforts ought to begin with multidisciplinary studies. They will, by their nature and the weight of traditions, impose patient work over a long period of time-more than anyone might estimate. Their primary objective should be a detailed recommendation for the common-to-all earliest starting point-after which the most basic material and nonmaterial elements combined in infinite ways leading to forms, emerging properties, natural laws, and life. From there, each belief system or discipline can plan the necessary minor, tactical adjustments.
A similar development in that regard is worth considering. Kassabgi recalls the case of physicists in the past century who achieved a clearer-though not yet complete-description of the sub-atomic attributes of matter which in turn impacted various schools of thought but enabled the many educational, industrial, and medical innovations that are relied upon today. In other words, he envisions a better understanding of the human condition on the basis of a renewed in-depth description of what underlies perceptions and sensations; that is, once philosophers, theologians, religious leaders, scientists, and others have coordinated their identification of a common ground, relying on accrued knowledge over the past century and respecting the amazing diversity of the environment. With that long-term aim in mind, Kassabgi takes the initiative with a general outline of such an exploration, and extends an invitation to think about the potential rewards to human society.