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Why the World around You Isn’t as It Appears

A Study of Owen Barfield

Albert Linderman

194 pp.  

Lindisfarne Books


Published:  April 2012


Empirical knowledge is only one side of “reality.” Empirical knowledge is all about the “outside,” the surfaces of objects, the matter we can see and touch. It does not speak to the “insides,” the unconscious inner reality, subjectivity, feelings, and meaning that humans contribute to the world of objects we experience in our day-to-day lives. The New Enlightenment looks at the inside from that place phenomenologist Edmund Husserl termed “the great world of the interiority of consciousness.”

Using the insights of Owen Barfield (1898–1997) as his starting point, Linderman investigates the nature of consciousness, the Enlightenment, scientific thinking, belief, and the power of imagination.

This book is for those who appreciate the insights of alternative thinkers, but feel at the mercy of an engineer neighbor, an amateur “science buff” friend, or skeptical relatives. They confidently present clear, reasoned, scientific arguments to discredit, or, at least, bring considerable doubt to the veracity of the claims of the alternative thinkers you find compelling. For you to explain why you find some alternative writers so helpful, you need to be able to articulate succinctly the theory of knowledge that undergirds them. Likely, you struggle to do so now. You should find help in this book.

  • “Linderman’s aim throughout is to illustrate for the reader new to this material how what he calls ‘The Belief’—belief in the largely unstated assumptions that have grown up around the practice of the physical sciences—prevents nearly all of us from seeing the reality outside of it, whether over, under or beyond.” —Terry Hipolito, Owen Barfield Literary Estate

  • “Linderman’s excellent book helps us understand exactly why so many of our textbooks are bound and locked up in ‘The Belief.’... So many of us have a sense that the textbooks need to be rewritten, but are not quite sure with what. Linderman helps us answer this most important question.” —Bill Manning, honored Minneapolis attorney

  • “Mr. Linderman has the highly focused purpose of reaching out to those of us who are overly infected by Enlightenment thinking—and who isn't?—and providing the foundation for a mode of thinking that should engage everyone who reads about it and will astonish everyone who truly understands it.” —Frederick Dennehy, honored New Jersey attorney

  • “Linderman demonstrates how consciousness evolves...helping me understand the development work we do at Sekem.” —Ibrahim Abouleish, Founder of Sekem and winner of the 2003 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize), and the Nobel Laureate-led Oslo Business for Peace Award (2012)

  • “A deftly guided and joyful journey...truly to reexamine everything we know as well as how we came to know it.... Not just some clever thought experiment; it is a matter of our survival.” —Michael Metzler, Enrichment Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • “A practical guidance to remedy the malaise of a society devoid of wonder.” —Emily Ann Roy

  • “Consider it a source for university courses in consciousness and culture, an excellent round-up of calls for 'reconnecting mind and matter,' or a lively tale of a man’s victorious slaying of the old enlightenment and his wise welcome to the new, but read this timely book.” —Gertrude Reif Hughes, Professor Emerita, Wesleyan University, Connecticut

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