Digital Dharma: A User's Guide to Expanding Consciousness in the Infosphere

Steven Vedro, Author . Quest $16.95 (223p) ISBN 978-0-8356-0859-6

In his first book, Vedro, a telecommunications consultant, explores the intersection of Eastern philosophy and the digital age. “I am not a guru or enlightened master,” he writes. “While this book is richly footnoted... it is not an intellectual treatise but rather a statement of personal wonderment at the connectedness of the inner and outer worlds.” In succeeding chapters, Vedro follows the seven chakras of energy yoga, linking each to landmarks in the development of communications technology. For example, he connects the throat chakra to the Internet and in doing so advances interesting theories about both, including the idea that the Internet challenges us to “tell the truth—and confront lies—compassionately.” In each chapter he details the effects technology has had on human development, from both a personal and global perspective, all while providing fascinating insight into its technical workings. He accompanies his narrative with an impressive array of quotations from media gurus like Marshall McLuhan and spiritual teachers such as Ken Wilber. Vedro is optimistic about the fast-expanding world of digital technology, some may say simplistically so. Yet his optimism is based on a healthy understanding of technology's pitfalls, and his absorbing book sheds much light on two normally disparate subjects. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 07/23/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
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