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PSYC 3550 Chapter Notes -Spasm, Insecticide, Master Sergeant

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PSYC 3550
Igor Kusyszyn

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Awakening to wholeness may be most important event in one’s life
It’s a fundamental evolution that refers to experiencing and valuing the interconnectedness of
creation, the oneness of being
The whole encompasses all subjects, experiences and perceptions
this book examines the whole as a subject although it isn’t, it’s a state of being, an experience
or a perspective
are we whole already? Some say we are, to say we aren’t is a contradiction but it’s a personal
it is a human birthright to experience wholeness
this is becoming more significant as society recognizes misery associated with disconnection and
Chapter One: Education:
“The most important fact about spaceship earth, an instruction book didn’t come with it”
Buckminster Fuller
Times=complex=increasing hunger for personal/planetary transformation
Some environmental, social and psychological factors were always there, humans are now at a
turning point quality of our collective future here depends on becoming conscious of whole
and connecting with it
Dictionaries define whole: entire…total……complete…..undivided
Education in this book used in broadest sense: encompassing the ongoing process of learning
and experiencing in every domain of life
Avenues of philosophy, education, health, history, design, spirituality, and environment are
ways to approach wholeness any subject can be an entrance point
Environment sustains every form of life here so we start there
Book seeks to improve brighter future
Discusses environmental issues for 1 day on earth 74 species in rain forest go extinct, 17million
tons of carbon will be added to atmosphere as resulting of burning fossil fuels, 42 sq miles of
agriculture will become desert, more than 3 million tons top soil will be lost to water erosion in
US alone, population will increase
It’s far worse when you look at stats for 1 year
Synthetic airborne chemicals are altering the atmosphere, increase in skin cancer due to ozone
layer hold, first observed in 1980s, similar issues found in temperate and arctic regions
Deforestation is an issues too, ruining something of beauty with intrinsic value, also causes
topsoil erosion water pollution, flooding, and species extinction
o Forests crucial for cloud building, their depletion leads to droughts and contributes to
global warming
7% of world’s total land mass is rain forests and they are particularly vulnerable – over 50% of
world’s species live there
Present rate of deforestation = 2022: half of existing rain forest will be gone and, one-tenth to ¼
of rain-forest species will be gone
Biological diversity is key to maintenance of the world as we know it

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According to United Nations Environmentalists, vertebrate and plant species are disappearing at
50-100x the expected background rate largely due to commercial logging, farming, and fishing
Wilson states that humanity has initiated the 6th great extinction spasm so many fellow species
gone in one generation
Consider world-wide importance of plant-based medicines (whole plants, parts of plants, crude
o More than 25% of medicines in the US come from these, another 13% from
microorganisms and another 3% from animals total of 40% derived from organisms
Unknown numbers of species are being wiped out they might have become a source for
medicine but never got the chance or will get the chance to be explored or even discovered
In US of the 3000 chemicals widely used, fewer than 7% have full testing data, and 43% have no
data at all
Organophosphates type of insecticide commonly used in US has been found neurotoxic and
hormone-disrupting to children
Men living in US now have lifetime risk of ½ developing cancer, women are 1/3
Many people do not understand the impact of cumulative damage to the ecosystem even if
greenhouse gases stopped today they’d still negatively effect atmosphere, remedial action is
Paula and Anne Ehrlich Stanford University “the time has come to put the economy ahead of
the environment” clearly doesn’t understand that the economy is….
This just goes to show how disconnected man kind has become from the whole
Media responsible for making information public knowledge but now most of them are
controlled by transnational corporations
Many are therefore given erroneous information
More logical to listen to scientists rather than politicians or independent researchers as we can’t
afford to assume these warnings about the environment are wrong
Some people are convinced that these changes are part of a natural cycle of things while others
justify inaction by not wanting to get involved and disrupt the natural order of things, the Taoist
concept of wu-wei
Others accept the changes as indications of the end of times as prophesized in the bible
The purpose of this environmental discussion was to establish a context for holistic principles
fore, only through holistic principles can we accurately perceive the interconnectedness of our
environmental, social, economic, governmental and ethical predicament
Our Predicament
“more is better” “might makes right” “survival of the fittest” = continuously widening gap
between rich and poor and dismantles environment ipon which we all depend
In western culture, accumulating wealth is often main pursuit in life when we live this way
environmental and human condition are neglected
Union of concerned scientists quote on 1/5 lives in poverty, 1/10 suffers malnutrition, more
money spent on weapons and armies than health and education, more money flowing out of
some of the poorest countries than is coming in , and one can see a disaster in the making
Many so unconscious of the whole that the save the planet msg fails to register
Economic growth has become a mantra should it be the highest purpose of human

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Fragmentation and Cognitive Discord
Seems there is an infinite list of sources that want to tell us how things ought to be, or who we
should listen to, products being pushed onto us, brands, etc., influx is so great that the info
becomes meaningless
To add to discord, headlines in media often contradict one another
Fragmentation and cognitive discord are widespread phenomena that are both a result and a
cause of perceiving and acting from a perspective fixed only on “the parts
Is there another way?
Multitudes of people yearn for a guiding light
Is there a world view, a way of perceiving and acting, that people from all backgrounds and
geographical locations can support as authentic one that can restore a sense of healing,
optimism, and hope throughout the world?
Union of Concerned Scientists states, new ethic is required, we must recognize the earth’s
limited capacity to provide for us, we must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to
be ravaged…..
World awaits collective shift of consciousness self-help is growing
Which “Education”?
Scientists and others urge that fundamental urgent changes are needed, but how? What
changes are to come first? Since millions of people know better, why do assaults on earth
These questions present a major challenge to education
What kind of world do we want to live in? what options are available? How should we be
educating ourselves and our children? What unifying ethic could benefit all life on the planet?
Among all the facts on how to live and think is there a way to determine the answer for
To answer many of these questions a high level of discernment is required
Straightforward philosophical and educational process does not exist that can help people
become more effective with this faculty
To Be Optimally Effective
Buckminster Fuller taught that an individual’s effectiveness in any area is directly related to the
ability to perceive and act comprehensively “from the whole
“to be optimally effective, undertake at outset the most comprehensive task in the most
comprehensive and incisively detailed manner
To understand this we must know what it means to be optimally effective, what constitutes the
most comprehensive task and what is the most comprehensive and incisively detailed manner
for accomplishing that task
Subject of wholeness is logical first step in both identifying comprehensive ways to undertake
Defining Wholeness
Not a subject in the usual sense, cannot be learned or defined
There are things about it that can be learned
Central paradox noted in previous line appears throughout the book
Term means the quality or state of being whole
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