(original editor’s note: Robert Lifton’s important work exploring the psychological mechanisms that allowed us to accommodate ourselves to the possibility of nuclear war led him to a similar investigation of the role that experts played in the Nazi machine. His book The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing & the Psychology of Genocide explores some of these issues. The following piece, based on a talk,. . . raises an important perspective on how to think about the transformations in consciousness necessary to build a post-Cold-War world.)

In this kind of work one must struggle to combine mind and heart. Somewhere in the intellectual history of the West there developed the wrongheaded idea that mind and heart are antagonists, that scholarship must be divested of emotion, that spiritual journeys must avoid intellectual concerns. In my view, quite the opposite is true. Who has ever heard...

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