Svojom novom knjigom Cosmos and Psyche, Richard Tarnas, profesor kalifornijskog instituta za integralne studije (California Institute of Integral Studies),poprilično je uzburkao akademske krugove. Mnogi znanstvenici zastupaju paradigmu u kojoj su vjera i razum striktno odvojeni. Za razliku od njih, Tarnas se zauzima za integralnu perspektivu, uvelike rabeći astrološke planetarne cikluse kako bi ilustrirao modele ljudskog razvoja kroz povijest:
I myself was skeptical until I conducted my own research. But the evidence is very compelling: There is an astonishingly consistent correlation between planetary alignments and the patterns of human experience.
Most cultures, including our own prior to the modern era, had some kind of astrology as part of their world view, for they understood the cycles of the moon, sun, and planets as deeply meaningful. The astrological perspective sees the universe as both meaningful and unified. Instead of the modern division between the purposeful, meaning-seeking human consciousness and a random, meaningless universe, astrology points to a universe that is integrated at all levels: outer and inner, macrocosm and microcosm, celestial and terrestrial.
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