This is the second volume in the Communication, Comparative Cultures, and Civilisations publication series. The goal of this series is to present peer-reviewed, original scholarship that addresses the complexities between cultural practice and world view. The scholarly essays in this volume focus on the relationships between language and consciousness, including emerging, diverging, dominant and co-language, appropriation, extinction, and other approaches that would augment the understanding of language and consciousness. As part of this series, the current volume contains essays that address dynamic, civilizational relationships within the fields of education, health, community, history, literature, culture, and values. These chapters offer unique perspectives that inform the reader of alternate ways of viewing complex cultural phenomena. Further, these distinctive approaches to cultural issues aid scholars in developing distinctive theoretical positions that give voice to alternative cultural and civilizational viewpoints. Contents: Witnessing the Re-Formation of Gemeinschaft/Gesellscahft: How Does an Integral Perception of Reality Shape Our Experience and Sense of Community/Society in the 21st Century?, Andrea Gallant. The Clashes of Expert and Laymen Talk: Constructing Meanings in Interpreter-Mediated Medical Encounters, Elaine Hsieh and Eric M. Kramer. The Poetry of Dogen Illustrating Gebserian Poetics, Ian Mills. Structural Metaphors and the Limits to Social Planning, John Murphy. Techno-culture, Perceptivity, and the Integration of Consciousness, Clark Callahan. Guilt and Shame: Crime and Punishment in Perspectival and Mythic Society, Greg Miller. About the Authors. Author Index . Subject Index.