Dan Bruiger

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Born in San Francisco in 1945, Dan is an independent scholar who attended the University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley, where he majored in astronomy then art. He immigrated to Canada in 1969 and has lived on Hornby Island since 1984. His passion for philosophy began in earnest at age seventeen, with an intuition concerning the Mind-Body Problem that formed the core of an early work, The Rise and Fall of Reality.

Over the years Dan pursued studies with masters in the Sufi, Gurdjieff, and Advaita traditions, trained in Gestalt psychology and relationship counseling, established a cabinet and furniture making business, and later took up figurative sculpture. He studied art in Paris, dances Argentine Tango, and is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

His first published book, Second Nature: the Man-made World of Idealism, Technology, and Power (2006), presents a theory of how culture seeks in diverse ways to transcend and replace the uncertainties of the natural condition with a controllable human environment. In addition, he has published several papers online.

Dan’s most recent book, The Found and the Made: Science, Reason, and the Reality of Nature (2016), follows up that theory of culture, to explore the role of science as modern society’s ambassador to nature and its tool to intellectually and physically re-create the world. It critically examines how mathematical modeling shapes and limits a scientific approach to the natural world, both reflecting and affecting society’s relationship to nature. It questions stock concepts such as determinism, reversibility, and the isolated system. It challenges the view—grounded in religious tradition—of physical reality as passive and inert, arguing that if nature is real it must transcend human representations. In particular, nature can be expected to self-organize in ways that elude a mechanist treatment. The book argues that it would benefit both society and the planet to accord to nature the legal rights of a person and for science to assume a stance beyond prediction and control. The book can be ordered directly from the publisher (www.transactionpub.com) and from various online booksellers.

Dan’s current research interests have returned to art and epistemology. He views art as a kind of complement to science, an essential balancing force to the dominant paradigm of rationality. You can view some of Dan’s sculpture at http://bruiger.leftfieldpress.com/sculpture.html

Visit his two websites:

www.leftfieldpress.com

www.thefoundandthemade.com