Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle

The Evolution of a "Transcultural" Approach to Wholeness

By Steven M. Rosen

Subjects: Philosophy Of Science
Series: SUNY series in Science, Technology, and Society
Paperback : 9780791417706, 317 pages, March 1994
Hardcover : 9780791417690, 317 pages, April 1994

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Table of contents

Foreword by Montague Ullman


I. The Moebius Principle in Science and Philosophy


1. The Unity of Being and Becoming (1975)

2. Synsymmetry (1975)

3. Creative Evolution (1980)

4. The Concept of the Infinite and the Crisis in Modern Physics (1983)

5. A Neo-Intuitive Proposal for Kaluza-Klein Unification (1988)

6. The Paradox of Mind and Matter: Utterly Different Yet One and the Same (1992)

II. The Moebius Principle in Parapsychology


7. A Case of Non-Euclidean Visualization (1974)

8. Toward a Representation of the "Irrepresentable" (1977)

9. Psi Modeling and the Psychophysical Problem (1983)

10. Parapsychology's "Four Cultures": Can the Schism Be Mended? (1984)

11. Psi and the Principle of Nondual Duality (1987)

III. Dialogues with David Bohm


12. David Bohm's Wholeness and the Implicate Order: An Interpretive Essay (1982)

13. The Bohm/Rosen Correspondence (1983)

14. Time and Higher-order Wholeness: A Response to David Bohm (1984)

Epilogue: The Limitations of Language and the Need for a "Moebial" Way of Writing



Credit Acknowledgments



Science, Paradox, and the Moebius Principle confronts basic anomalies in the foundations of contemporary knowledge. Steven M. Rosen deals with paradoxes that call into question our conventional way of thinking about space, time, and the nature of human experience.

Rosen's contribution is unique in at least five respects:

1) He provides an unparalleled integration of modern theoretical science and contemporary phenomenological thought.

2) He features a section of dialogue with David Bohm, who contributed greatly in fields of major concern to the book.

3) He sets forth a process theory and philosophy, presenting a concept in which space, time, and consciousness undergo a continuous internal transformation and organic growth.

4) He furnishes a highly specific account of dialectical change, employing geometric forms that bring the dynamics of paradox into focus with unprecedented clarity.

5) He is transdisciplinary and provides transcultural bridges between the "two cultures" of science and the humanities.

Steven M. Rosen is a philosopher and psychologist teaching at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. Currently, he holds the position of Professor in the Department of Psychology.


"It is not the usual fare. It cross cuts standard subjects, breaking down stale boundaries. Rosen undertakes a difficult, important task. In Einstein's metaphor, he drills where the wood is thickest. "--Walter Glickman, Long Island University