By Lawrence Durrell
Durrell’s awesome memoir of his religious trip with famed Taoist thinker JolanChang
Beginning with their first assembly over lunch at Lawrence Durrell’s Provencal domestic, Durrell and Jolan Chang—renowned Taoist thinker and professional on japanese sexuality—developed a permanent courting in response to mutual religious exploration. Durrell’s autobiographical rumination on their friendship and on Taoism recounts the author’s existential ponderings, beginning along with his advent to the paranormal and enigmatic “smile within the mind’s eye.” From parsimony, cooking, and yoga to poetry, Petrarch, and Nietzche, a grin within the Mind’s Eye is a captivating story of a writer’s non secular and philosophical awakening.
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C. L. Drawbridge’s introduction, xi‒xiii. . , ‒. Ball is an interesting case because his popular works, such as The Story of the Heavens, made little eﬀort to present cosmology as a vehicle for the argument from design. ”14 Other biologists who responded positively included George Carpenter, W. Kitchen Parker, and Sidney F. Harmer. The geologist William J. 16 Overall, Tabrum’s survey makes no attempt to quantify the proportion of scientists who were still religious in some sense, making its impression simply on the basis of the substantial number of individuals cited.
Some of the names cited were members of the previous generation collected in the earlier trawl, including Kelvin, but most were still active either in science or the dissemination of scientiﬁc ideas. Several were eminent ﬁgures who had not expressed their ideas on this topic in print but were prepared to commit themselves when challenged. They included the astronomer Robert Stawell Ball, who was an Anglican. 12 Frank Cavers, professor of biology at a Southampton college, complained about the inﬂuence of agnostic lecturers .
Galton, English Men of Science, ‒; later surveys, discussed below, include Tabrum, Religious Beliefs of Scientists, and Drawbridge, Religion of Scientists. . ” A L EGACY OF C ONFLICT ? built on sense impressions, which are by deﬁnition mental. But by acknowledging the primary reality of the mental, idealism opened the doors to a wider supernaturalism in which spiritual forces once again became acceptable. 29 Anti-Darwinian evolutionary theories postulated “creative” forces in nature driving it toward morally signiﬁcant goals.