Pap, Zsuzsa Ildiko
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This thesis explores the similarities between scientific and religious notions of wholeness, arguing that quantum physicist David Bohm’s concept of wholeness is reflected, experienced, and reenacted in Oglala Native American cosmology and everyday life, furthering this way responsible action and a better care of people and the surrounding universe. Both views agree first, that in order to understand some of the occurrences of the material world, the existence of a higher, yet invisible and undetectable, order should be posited. Second, both views embrace the idea that the basic “building block” of the universe is energy, and finally, that the world is interconnected through this energy and is therefore wholesome. Such views provide explanations for phenomena traditionally considered unexplainable or paranormal.