Liology getting taught at Harvard?

Well, not quite yet, but we’re getting there!  Here’s a heartening article from The Atlantic published yesterday talking about an undergraduate course on Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory given by professor Michael Puett, that has become the third most popular class at the university.  It’s an impressive achievement.

While Puett doesn’t seem to be connecting between Chinese philosophy and complexity theory (at least from the article), he does seem to emphasize the fundamental integration of body and mind in Chinese thought, and introduces students to the crucial practice of self-cultivation.  There is also mention of the Taoist emphasis on spontaneity in daily living.  The article makes an explicit connection to neuroscience findings that support the thrust of Chinese thought, in contrast to the mainstream Western mind/body dualism which still pervades virtually every aspect of our lives.

Congratulations to Michael Puett for making important inroads into the thinking of our next generation of potential thought leaders!  (And thanks to my wife Lisa for turning me on to the article.)

Click here for more on the connection between liology and traditional Chinese philosophy.




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