The Centre is developing a programme of work called evolutionary inquiry. This is to move away from the empirical methods of science, which only look outwards, and have reduced experience of the world merely to that in which human beings have become meaningless actors. Evolutionary inquiry is a way of looking at the world that takes into account both observer and observed – and is concerned with the way in which reality is constructed and co-created. It is this boundary between the inner world and the outer world, nature and human being, that is the point of inquiry. Inquiring in this way opens up the narrow and rigid pathways of scientific method, and introduces an entire new world – a world that has been pointed to by the ancient masters, and which is also, paradoxically emerging from new science of physicists such as David Bohm. Central to this work is the notion of the ‘field’ that is manifest in many different traditions and disciplines; from unified field theory of new physics to the ‘ground of emergence’ of Tibetan Buddhism, to the field as evoked by the masters of China. There are resonances with discoveries in evolutionary biology and neuroscience, Jung’s formative work on synchronicity, and old and new areas of healing – all of which point to a deepening awareness of the myriad number of ways in which we are interconnected. This interconnected world is revealing itself through the work of quantum physics and evolutionary biology, but was intuited earlier by the ancients and mystics. It is they who have pointed the way to a different experience of ourselves as being human, and this is now finding its way back into the evolution of new collective forms and communities.
Such inquiry is not merely philosophical, but extends into the way into which social enterprises are developed, and come into being, supporting and enabling networks of people who are dedicated to living their lives consciously, within emergent communities. This work is carried out implicitly and explicitly through the local engagement with the community, and through the global networks and connections, in particular through the webpage, eastwestinterconnect, and with the journal Interconnections, research journal of Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, edited and compiled by Dr Bronwen Rees.