May I quote from Walt Truett Anderson's' book "The Next Enlightenment" (and I am not telling you where in the book I found this):
There is much to learn, and there is also something to learn about learning. People have known for a long time that knowledge is power, and a lucky few have always understood that knowledge is joy. Now as we begin to understand that exploration is not only what we do but what we are, we find that knowledge -- the search for knowledge, the daring to know -- is also peace.
We are some of the lucky few, not only to understand that knowledge is joy, but also to have Walt Truett Anderson to introduce us to his great book at our next Futurist Salon on the 17th of October 7pm Barnes and Noble bookstore at the Hillsdale Shopping Center just across of the Hillsdale Caltrain Station. 11 West Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403 650-341-5560 (Map:http://tinyurl.com/o2n3)
In his book he gives a short introduction to the history of Enlightenment with chapters about Kant , Hume, Darwin, Freud, Jung and the Existentialists Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Then he writes about the more recent enlightenment events, like the 60s Flower Power movement. The great thing is, he grew up in the Bay Area and experienced it as a young journalist and author. (Which, no doubt we will quiz him about on the 17th.) He also writes about the growing influence of Eastern philosophy on the western thinkers, with one of the focal points being the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. (Which is high on my list of places to stay, just once)
This is how far I read and the first of three parts of the book. In the next chapters he is exploring some areas of science: Physics, cosmology, brain research as well as psychology: Cognition, constructivision and adult development. He claims, that findings in these areas are converging to a new worldview.
In the last almost 100 pages of the book he brings it all together, or so I hope :-) to lead us to the next Enlightenment. This is really exciting. Darn, still 17 days to go.