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Blackfoot Physics: A Journey Into the Native American Universe

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One summer in the 1980s, theoretical physicist F. David Peat went to a Blackfoot Sun Dance ceremony. Having spent all of his life steeped in and influenced by linear Western science, he was entranced by the Native American worldview and, through dialogue circles between scientists and native elders, he began to explore it in greater depth. Blackfoot Physics is the account ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 23rd 2005 by Weiser Books (first published 1995)
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Alexa Cascade
Explores Native American science and culture, and compares them to Western science and culture. Completely different viewpoint. Everyone should read this book.
Tami
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it liked it
When I found this book, as an archaeologist who works primarily with Plains First Nations, I was thrilled that someone had written an in-depth book about the worldview of the Blackfoot. Through my own experiences, I have gained some outsider insight into the wealth of Blackfoot culture and was eager to learn more.

Unfortunately, the title Blackfoot Physics is a misnomer. Though the author describes his experiences while waiting for the Sun Dance to begin in the first few chapters, most of the bo
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Jeff
Jan 30, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing
This book came recommended by a Aboriginal man to anyone that was raised in a western society with an interest in the ways and worldviews of indigenous peoples. The author does a really good job breaking down the fundamental differences in the way humans interact with the their environment and society, while acknowledging that indigenous and western sciences will never be able to completely explain or fully understand one another. A very enlightening and highly recommended book. Hard to find ...more
Katie Lynn
Jan 01, 2015 Katie Lynn rated it it was ok
There were a number of editing errors; enough that it was distracting.

I appreciate what the author was trying to do, but I got a little tired of him TELLING me what he was trying to facilitate for his readers other than just getting down and doing it.

While I wouldn't recommend it necessarily, there were definitely some great nuggets in these pages.

Also, not sure why it's called BLACKFOOT physics considering it was about many, many indigenous and aboriginal nations and tribes.
Eddie Oakwell
Nov 15, 2013 Eddie Oakwell rated it it was amazing
For anyone who is open minded enough to put aside the western religious or scientific view of the world we live in. This is a must A must read book. I would say its native American (an inadequate term as they don't see themselves as one people) rather than just Blackfoot, it compares the beliefs of western science and culture to it own, but it mainly helps give you a completely different viewpoint, not so much carving a canoe but finding it in the tree.
Chris Perley
Jan 02, 2016 Chris Perley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second time. This book rocked my world when I first read it. It's contextually better this time. It has more meaning for me because I've had more experiences that align with what Peat is saying: a challenge to how we see the world. Since I read it way back in the 90s I've come across a range of writers that question our 'ways of seeing' - Berger, Scott. Even resonates with Aristotle's ideas of 'knowing' and practical wisdom (phronesis).
Ajai Narendran
After Tao of Physics, Dancing Wu Li Masters and a whole lot in that series....here comes a beautiful attempt at understanding and elucidating Native American cosmology.
Nanci
May 04, 2015 Nanci rated it liked it
I re-read this book this year and was surprised it didn't delve quite as much into Native American viewpoints as I'd previously thought. Still, an interesting read.
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He has worked actively as a theoretical physicist in England and Canada.

But Peat's interests expanded to include psychology, particularly that of Carl Jung, art and general aspects of culture, including that of Native America. Peat is the author of many books including a biography of David Bohm, with whom Peat collaborated, books on quantum theory and chaos theory, as well as a study of Synchroni
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