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This thesis seeks to explore the connections between mysticism and science, focusing particularly on the problems of ideological and cultural bias in the social sciences which traditional methodologies have been unable to overcome. The first and second chapters trace the development of Western science and the social sciences in an effort to define the "problem of ideology," or the problem of cultural, ideologi­cal and individual bias. Chapters three and four are devoted to the analysis of the developments of Eastern science and holistic "empirical methodologies of mind" and a re-evaluation of Eastern and Western traditions in light of historical, cultural, and psycho-physiological evidence. In chapter five, the conclusion is drawn that holistic or integrative methodologies of mind may be a solution to problems found in the social sciences which narrower methodological approaches developed in the West have been unable to solve.

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George Arthur Huaco

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Gilbert Wilson Merkx

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Pedro Rubens David

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