April 27, 2013
Peter Russell discusses the crumbling barriers between science and spirituality, and what contemporary research may be telling us about the origin and nature of consciousness.
Western science has had remarkable success in explaining the functioning of the material world, but when it comes to the inner world of the mind, it has very little to say. And when it comes to consciousness itself, science falls curiously silent. There is nothing in physics, chemistry, biology, or any other science that can account for our having an interior world. In a strange way, scientists would be much happier if minds did not exist. Yet without minds there would be no science. This ever-present paradox may be pushing Western science into what Thomas Kuhn called a paradigm shift – a fundamental change in worldview.
Peter is one of the leading thinkers on consciousness and contemporary spirituality and author of a number of books including From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness, Waking Up in Time: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change and The Global Brain: The Awakening Earth in a New Century. He believes that the critical challenge today is to free human thinking from the limited beliefs and attitudes that lie behind so many of our problems – personal, social, and global. His mission is to distil the essential wisdom on human consciousness found in the world’s various spiritual traditions, and to disseminate their teachings on self-liberation in contemporary and compelling ways.
Peter is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest.