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Beholding self and world is mostly an art rather than a science. That is to say, there are many ways to behold self and world. In different eras and cultures quite different views have been created. For example, there is the Taoist view of the body/mind, which is connected to an entire medical approach including the therapeutic use of acupuncture. The modern medical view of the body/mind is quite different from the Taoist view, yet the same phenomenon is being experienced. Both these views have a definite utility but also blind spots, and these are particular to the view being utilized. Similarly, in thinking about the world as a whole, many different views have been promulgated in different eras and cultures. These too all have certain utilities and blind spots.  •   Pankaj Seth