What is Reality, and why does it matter? After all, turkeys, trees, and some American presidents have lived out their lives without ever asking these questions. So begins Buddha Science, an exploration into the amazing similarities between groundbreaking Western science and the profound wisdom of ancient Eastern thought. But this is no scientific treatise or gee whiz new age fantasy; it is a logical and lighthearted look at some of the themes that cut across vastly divergent approaches to understanding the mysteries of life, consciousness, and the universe.
Invoking an ancient story in which three blind men describe an elephant based solely upon the unique parts they encounter, Buddha Science encourages readers to question their perception of reality. We all understand a piece of reality, but none of us sees the whole thing. Like the blind men, only by opening our minds to all points of view can we hope to gain greater understanding.
Author, Steve Daut, takes a step-by-step approach to discussion on various scientific disciplines and the startling parallels between modern scientific discovery and the principles outlined by the Buddha over twenty six centuries ago. Packed with over 220 notes and references, with examples both entertaining and insightful, Buddha Science is both extensively researched and highly readable. A thought-provoking must read for anyone who has wondered about the deeper mysteries of life.
Steve Daut is a scientist, writer and speaker. After a successful 20 year career as a geologist and geophysicist, Mr. Daut felt the need to follow the path of "right livelihood" as described in the eightfold path of Buddhism. He spent a second career in the non-profit world of human services, applying himself to the support of people with developmental disabilities. During both of those careers, he spent much of his spare time writing and performing. He has published technical articles, seen a number of his plays produced on the stage, written and performed stand-up and sketch comedy. He has also acted at Master of Ceremonies for a number of charity events. Mr. Daut is a graduate of the Second City.
Beginning in 2013, Mr. Daut has been researching, writing and speaking, and working as a consultant for select organizations. Most recently, he has been involved with storytelling events, both as teller and MC, and he has conducted a number of discussion groups involving topics in science as well as Eastern thought. He has authored two books that are currently available in electronic version, and is writing and conducting research on a third.