As I prepare for an interview, I’m not surprised about how often I run across a reference to the wisdom of physicist Fritjof Capra, Ph.D. He is often quoted by New Dimensions guests. In addition, we’ve been privileged to have hosted Capra many times on our program series. I vividly remember the first most astounding moment when he sat in our studio in the 1970s. The unfolding dialogue with Michael Toms forever changed my perspective of the nature of reality.
Here is how he so generously describes dialogue and how New Dimensions’ programs are a most unique forum for imparting deep wisdom.
“In my experience one of the most important ways to gain new knowledge and nurture creativity, is dialogue. I have used dialogue with scientists, philosophers and businesspeople. Dialogue has become my main mode of working and of gaining knowledge. I do read a lot of books but I will read books especially when they follow a dialogue or when they are supported by a dialogue. Dialogue is an exchange of ideas that involves attentive listening, a spirit of trust, a spirit of cooperation, a readiness, an openness to new ideas, and all of that needs time. In most interviews you really don’t have that time but New Dimensions makes the time. This is why I admire New Dimensions so much, because for years, for decades, it has carved out the space–the physical space, the space in time, the emotional space, the conceptual space, the interpersonal space–in which true dialogue can take place. And this is why I admire this program and am very happy to return to it again and again to have genuine dialogue with New Dimensions. “
Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., Physicist and author of
The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life:
A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
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