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Creating Beautiful Lives: The Ideal Way of Life - A Reunion of Art, Science, and Religion by Tom Lovett

Creating Beautiful Lives: The Ideal Way of Life - A Reunion of Art, Science, and Religion

by Tom Lovett

268 pages
This book describes an ideal way of life in which we modify our behavior with artistic skills, scientific discoveries, and religious experiences. We can test that ideal in our daily lives and see whether it is the key to a science of the art of living.

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About the Book
Countless writers celebrate the art of daily living and inspire us to create beautiful lives. This book unifies many of their ideas in a theory based on our animal nature. As members of the species Homo sapiens, we engage in behavior that other animals engage in. Our learning ability lets us modify our behavior in unlimited ways: good, bad, or a mix. But do we understand this potential well enough to always choose good options? What if an ideal way of life exists? If it does, and we find it, wouldnít we choose our activities and lifestyle more wisely? In the authorís theory of an ideal way of life, we modify our most basic behavior with artistic skills, scientific discoveries, and religious experiences. Letís test that theory and see whether it works. If it does, we can use it to create a science of the art of living.

The nature-nurture debate is the larger academic context of this book. This debate concerns whether our lives are more influenced by our animal nature or by the social nurturing we receive. Most scientists agree that nature and nurture interact as we learn and grow, but arguments sometimes occur. The social science proposed in this book will, if verified, end those debates. That science links the sciences and the humanities, thereby simplifying interdisciplinary studies.

 

 

About the Author
Years ago, Tom Lovett wondered why people fight over political and religious issues. Donít our shared interests outweigh our differences? As an independent researcher and generalist, Lovett searched the humanities and the sciences for answers and eventually devised a theory of how to create beautiful lives. He has a BA in Political Science and an MBA, and he had a principle role in creating a nationally recognized health care program for 100,000 Medical Assistance enrollees. He and wife, Anne, live next to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, a site of pioneering research in the science of restoration ecology.

 

 

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