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The Blackfoot Physics

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"The modern version of "The Tao of Physics." . . We gain tantalizing glimpses of an elusive alternative to the thing we know as science. . . . Above all, Peat's book is an eloquent plea for a fair go for the modes of enquiry of other cultures." --New Scientist

One summer in the 1980s, theoretical physicist F. David Peat went to a Blackfoot Sun Dance ceremony. Having spent a
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Published January 1st 2006 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.
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
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 wit ...more
Katie Lynn
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.
Poorly written but great content.
Eddie Oakwell
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.
Ajai Narendran
After Tao of Physics, Dancing Wu Li Masters and a whole lot in that comes a beautiful attempt at understanding and elucidating Native American cosmology.
Braden Canfield
Was trying to write "The Tao of Physics" and fell short.
So far this is an awesome book!!
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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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