Scholars Selected For The Display Project at MIT, An Architecture for Integrative Systems

This page evolves from a 1979 global dialogue between scholars in the natural sciences, the humanities and theology. It was originally formulated to provide discussion materials for a conference at MIT entitled, Faith, Science and the Human Future.   It is re-created here as a template for the Big Board – little universe.

The purpose of this project was to summarize those comprehensive worldviews and powerfully suggestive ideas of living scholars (bold equals the “still living” the last time we checked!).  All vetted back in 1979 within their community as leading thinkers, the hope was that there might be a dynamic exchange and synthesis of ideas and information that would open new and deeper insights and wisdom. Based on their experiences, observations, historical analysis, hypotheses and testing, informed speculations, and even visionary insights, each person’s  work was placed within one of three perspectives: The Small-Scale Universe, The Human-Scale Universe, and The Large-Scale Universe.  And then, with each perspective, there were three groups of scholars: (1) Natural Scientists, (2) Philosophers/Theologians and (3) The Boldly Speculative.

Small-Scale Universe To Be – Reality. What is it?
Scholars seek to define fundamental units of reality, experience and/or being.
Human Scale Universe
To Know – Ways of Knowing
Scholars seek to understand basic interactions from cells to populations of people. What makes life human?
What gives life meaning?
Large-Scale Universe
To Envision the Cosmos
Scholars seek to understand cosmology — the parts, laws, and operations of the universe. They seek to know the origin and nature of the universe.
1979 : – All Living Scholars. Selected by their peers Listings are alphabetical listings of
Scientists, Philosophers and Theologians.  Each listings is followed by a school designation and links go to published work.
•  Ian Barbour, Carleton, Northfield (MN)
Issues in Science and Religion
•  Michael Arbib, Massachusetts, UCLA
Brains, Machines and Mathematics
•  Hannes Alfven, Uppsala, Stockholm
Cosmic Plasma
•  Ted Bastin, Cambridge
Quantum Theory & Beyond
•  Peter Berger, Boston College
The Sacred Canopy
•  Hermann Bondi, London
The cosmological scene
 •  Charles Birch, Sydney
Biology and the Riddle of Life
•  Percy Brand Blanshard, Yale
The Nature of Thought
•  Margaret & Geoffrey Burbidge, UCSD (CA)
The Abundances of the Elements
•  David Bohm, Birbeck, London
Fragmentation & Wholeness
•  Kenneth Boulding, Colorado
The World as a Total System
•  Buckminster Fuller, Pennsylvania
Synergetics I & II
•  Mario Bunge, McGill, Montreal
Treatise on Basic Philosophy
•  Erwin Chargaff,Columbia
Heraclitean Fire
•  Stephen Hawking, Cambridge
On the Shoulders of Giants
•  Fritjof Capra, Lawrence Berkeley
The Tao of Physics
•  Noam Chomsky, MIT
Language and Mind
•  Fred Hoyle, Cambridge, Cal Tech
Ten Faces of the Universe
•  John Cobb, Claremont (CA)
Process Studies
•  Freeman Dyson, Princeton
Disturbing the Universe
•  Stanley Jaki, Seton Hall (NJ)
Science and Creation
•  Richard Feynman, Cal Tech
Theory of Fundamental Processes
•  John Eccles, SUNY-Buffalo
Understanding of the Brain
•  Bernard Lovell, Manchester, JBO
Emerging Cosmology: Convergence
•  Lewis Ford, Old Dominion, Norfolk (VA)
Lure of God
•  Richard Falk, Princeton
A Study of Future Worlds
•  Roger Penrose
The Emperor’s New Mind
•  Sheldon Glashow, Harvard
The charm of physics
•  Paul K. Feyerabend, Berkeley
Science in a Free Society
•  Arno Penzias,  Bell Labs (NJ)
The Origin of the Elements
•  David Griffin, Claremont (CA)
Archetypal Process
•  John N. Findlay, Oxford, Boston
Plato: The Written and Unwritten
•  Carl Sagan, Cornell
Contact  and  Cosmos
•  Charles Hartshorne, Chicago
The Zero Fallacy
•  Hans-Georg Gadamer, Heidelberg
Truth and Method
•  Fred A. Wolf
The Dreaming Universe
•  Krishnamurti, California
The First and Last Freedom
•  Langdon Gilkey, Chicago
Maker of Heaven and Earth
•  Tarthang Tulku (Berkeley, CA)
Time, Space, and Knowledge
•  H. Pierre Noyes, Stanford
Bit-String Physics
•  Steven Grossberg, Boston
Studies of Mind and Brain
•  Steven Weinberg, Harvard, Texas
The First Three Minutes
•  Shubert Ogden, SMU, Dallas (TX)
On Theology
•  Jürgen Habermas, Max Planck, Starnberg
The Fear of Freedom
•  Yakov B. Zel’dovich
Creation of particles in cosmology
•  Harold Oliver, Boston
A Relational Metaphysic
Gerald Holton, Harvard
Scientific Imagination

Living Scholars Today

Who shall we add in each
category?   Who are today’s
leading living scholars?

•  Gian-Carlo Rota,  MIT
Foundations of Combinatorics
•  William Johnston, Sophia, Japan
Still Point
•  Julian Schwinger, UCLA
Einstein’s Legacy
•  Gustavo Lagos, Chile
(in process)
•  John Baez, UCR (CA)
Knots and quantum gravity
•  Henry P. Stapp, Lawrence Berkeley
Mindful Universe
•  Erwin Laszlo, UN
Systems View of the World
•  Lisa Randall, Harvard
Warped Passages
•  Victor Weisskopf, MIT
The Joy of Insight
•  Bernard Lonergan, Regis
Insight: A Study of Human Understanding
•  Richard Dawkins, Oxford
The Magic of Reality
•  Carl F. von Weizsäcker, Max-Planck (Starnberg)
The Structure of Physics
•  Lynn Margulis, Massachusetts (Amherst)
Early Life
•  Daniel Shechtman, Technion
Icosahedral Quasiperiodic Phase
•  John Wheeler, Princeton, Texas
Spacetime Physics
•  Ali A. Mazrui, Michigan, SUNY-Binghamton
A World Federation of Cultures
•  Jim Yong Kim, World Bank,
Dartmouth, Toward a Golden Age
•  Eugene Wigner, Princeton
Symmetries & Reflections
 Marvin Minsky, MIT
The Society of Mind
•  Ben J. Green, Cambridge
On arithmetic structures…
•  Jürgen Moltmann, Tübingen
The Spirit of Life
•  Brian Green, Columbia (NYC)
The Elegant Universe

The selection committee

Included Marx Wartofsky,
J. Robert Nelson, Alan Olson, and Bill Henneman, all of Boston University.

•  Wolfhart Pannenburg, Munich
Theology and the Philosophy of Science
Agnieszka Zalewska, Krakow, CERN
Large Hadron Collider
•  Karl Popper, London
All Life Is Problem Solving

Every scholar selected was also invited to nominate others.

•  Karl Pribam, Stanford
The End of Certainty

Every scholar was also invited to critique the selections.

•  Ilya Prigogine, Brussels
The End of Certainty
Bruce Camber initiated and
coordinated this effort.
• Karl Rahner
Theological Investigations
A back story of its development is linked here. • Theodore Roszak, San Francisco State
The Making of a Counter Culture.

Huston Smith, Syracuse
The World’s Religions
• William I. Thomson, Lindisfarne
Passages about Earth

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