A Gray Matter: Another look at Buddhism and neuroscience
Short Title: A Gray Matter
Format: Magazine Article
Pages: 70-75, 111
Sources ID: 22160
Zotero Collections: Buddhist Contemplation by Applied Subject, Contemplation by Applied Subject, Contemplation by Tradition, Neuroscience and Buddhist Contemplation, Science and Buddhist Contemplation, Neuroscience and Contemplation, Science and Contemplation, Buddhist Contemplation
Participants in the dialogue between science and Buddhism have long modeled their discussion primarily on the idea of convergence, the premise that the most significant comparisons are those that reveal common ground. This is by no means the only model for comparative discussion, and I would argue that in the case of Buddhism and science it is deeply flawed. Instead, another model—one based on mutual challenge, in which the two sides are able to shed light on each other precisely because of their differences—offers what I see as a more potentially fruitful alternative.