Embracing Our New Post-Modern Worldviews, Especially The Mindsets That Give Them Their Power

David Nicoll, Ph.D
9 min readDec 21, 2021

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One of NASA’s first pictures of the earth from space

Three months ago, I published an article in Medium titled “Signs Foreshadowing the Emergence of a New Worldview.” I opened this article with these words;

“From where I’m sitting, I see all kinds of signs that are foreshadowing the emergence of a new worldview.

The first sign I ever saw that suggested the world’s consciousness was shifting happened on July 20th, 1969, the day Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon. I remember watching him on TV when he took his “one small step….”

I had to wait 40 years before seeing another sign like this: September 11th, 2001 — the day al-Qaeda brought down the World Trade Center’s twin towers. I remember the exact moment the towers fell in on themselves even more vividly than I remember Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind.” That day I whispered to myself, “Wow, this is going to be a real ‘breaking point’ in history. Nothing like it before; all hell to pay after…

Since September, I’ve been doing research aimed at learning more about what people who devote themselves to studying worldviews are discovering about the signs I’ve been seeing.

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Worldview and Mindset Theories

In particular, I’ve been reading Richard Tarnas, Peter Berger, and James Underhill. All three of these experts have an abiding interest in discovering how and why ordinary people come to believe what they believe.

I’ve distilled some significant insights while reading about worldviews’ purpose and function. Overall, I’ve identified seven propositions I think summarize what Tarnas, Berger, Underhill have to say about worldviews and mindsets:

  1. Worldviews are the unquestioned beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world. Every worldview answers questions buried deep in our psyches like Who am I?, How did I get here? What’s my purpose in life?
  2. Worldviews explain the mysteries that amaze us…



David Nicoll, Ph.D

I’m a dad, a reader, writer, and thought partner for individuals looking to improve their lives. My passion is learning and meeting this century’s challenges.