Changing the Paradigm: a Theory of Human Development Based on the Emergence of Nonduality
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English
English Language and Literature
The following work critiques one of the oldest of human problems, that of duality. It proposes that duality is actually a paradigm of thinking. Then it shows that the source of duality is a mistaken perception about the human developmental process, one stemming from human individuation. This is shown by a comparative study of the origin of duality, East and West, and is followed by an analysis of the conception of "love" as an example of dualistic thinking. Next I demonstrate that there are two forms of nonduality --progressive nonduality and regressive nonduality (or monism) --and that they are not the same thing. I then propose that (progressive) nonduality is a paradigm shift. Nonduality is explored as a way of mind-body attunement, and, subsequently, is required for individual growth, societal success, and even moral commitment.
© David A Cook
Cook, David A., "Changing the Paradigm: a Theory of Human Development Based on the Emergence of Nonduality" (1995). MSU Graduate Theses. 228.