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Peter Strother – Who Are We?

May 8, 2019

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Peter Strother discusses his book Spiritual Beings or Economic Tools – Just Who Are We?

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In much of the modern world we are trapped in a loop of work, consume, sleep, repeat. Those conscious of this soul-destroying cycle are often even more dejected and disillusioned than those who blindly bow to the demands of consumerist culture, pursuing desires which are not their own, slaves to the opinions of others, and more afraid of the unknown than of hollow, haunted subsistence. Empty and unfulfilled, billions trudge wearily towards a death subconsciously feared but still denied throughout a life deemed to be devoid of either meaning or purpose.

But in the early 21st Century, converging economic, political, social and environmental crises are making the grinding routine of business-as-usual increasingly impossible. Frustration and broken promises are boiling over in increasing unrest, violence, and destruction of both the system and the self. The first steps towards breaking free of the tyranny of comfort and complacency are self-awareness, self-knowledge, and self-mastery, all of which are actively discouraged in the matrix of mindless media, digital distractions, junk food, and instant gratification. Through choice or by force, and sooner rather than later, we will all have some difficult decisions to make as the world we persist in taking for granted simply disappears.

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Bernardo Kastrup – Reality? It’s All in Your Mind

April 6, 2019

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Bernardo Kastrup discusses his book ‘The Idea of the World: A Multi-disciplinary Argument for the Mental Nature of Reality’. In his most cogent and compelling work to date, Kastrup’s theory of reality offers a grounded alternative to the frenzy of unrestrained abstractions and unexamined assumptions in philosophy and science today. The Idea of the World makes a rigorous case for the primacy of mind in nature, examining what can be learned about the nature of reality based on conceptual parsimony, straightforward logic, and empirical evidence from fields as diverse as physics and neuroscience. It compiles an overarching case for idealism – the notion that reality is essentially mental.

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Jim Elvidge – Digital Consciousness: The True Nature of Reality? Part Two

February 7, 2019

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Jim Elvidge discusses his book ‘Digital Consciousness: A Transformative Vision’. Our reality is not what it appears to be. The latest physics experiments demonstrate that an objective reality simply does not exist. Despite its immense value to humanity, modern science’s claim that it can account for the depth and diversity of experience, and in the foreseeable future explain the fundamental nature of reality, goes too far. Modern mainstream science maintains that matter is all that matters, and that the seemingly-solid three-dimensional world of our five senses is all there really is. But the list of phenomena adequately accounted for by the physical sciences is outstripped by those it cannot explain and instead simply chooses to ignore.

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Jim Elvidge – Digital Consciousness: The True Nature of Reality? Part One

January 22, 2019

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Jim Elvidge discusses his book ‘Digital Consciousness: A Transformative Vision’. Our reality is not what it appears to be. The latest physics experiments demonstrate that an objective reality simply does not exist. Despite its immense value to humanity, modern science’s claim that it can account for the depth and diversity of experience, and in the foreseeable future explain the fundamental nature of reality, goes too far. Modern mainstream science maintains that matter is all that matters, and that the seemingly-solid three-dimensional world of our five senses is all there really is. But the list of phenomena adequately accounted for by the physical sciences is outstripped by those it cannot explain and instead simply chooses to ignore.

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Steve Taylor – Spiritual Science: Why Science Needs Spirituality to Make Sense of the World

January 1, 2019

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Steve Taylor discusses his book ‘Spiritual Science – Why Science Needs Spirituality to Make Sense of the World’. Is it possible that the most profound mysteries of existence can be solved not through science or spirituality alone, but through an approach that combines them both? In this groundbreaking book, Steve Taylor offers a new vision of the world that is compatible with both modern science and ancient spiritual teachings. ‘Spiritual Science’ reveals Taylor’s ‘panspiritist’ view of reality, one that transcends both conventional science and religion, and answers many of the riddles that neither can fully explain.

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David J. Moore – UFOs, Reality and Human Evolution Part Two

December 18, 2018

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David J. Moore discusses his book ‘Evolutionary Metaphors: UFOs, New Existentialism and the Future Paradigm’. People have been witnessing strange lights and objects in the sky for all of recorded history. Their modern guise as UFOs began in earnest during the 20th century, particularly in the wake of the Roswell incident in 1947. Despite thousands of reported UFO sightings, close encounters, abductions, and even crash landings, physical evidence for the existence of alien spacecraft and their inhabitants is practically non-existent. Shadow government cover-ups are claimed but official disclosure seems as far off as ever.

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David J. Moore – UFOs, Reality and Human Evolution Part One

December 8, 2018

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David J. Moore discusses his book ‘Evolutionary Metaphors: UFOs, New Existentialism and the Future Paradigm’. People have been witnessing strange lights and objects in the sky for all of recorded history. Their modern guise as UFOs began in earnest during the 20th century, particularly in the wake of the Roswell incident in 1947. Despite thousands of reported UFO sightings, close encounters, abductions, and even crash landings, physical evidence for the existence of alien spacecraft and their inhabitants is practically non-existent. Shadow government cover-ups are claimed but official disclosure seems as far off as ever.

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Martin Demant Frederiksen – Why Do We Exist?

September 22, 2018

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Martin Demant Frederiksen discusses nothing. Why is there something rather than nothing? Wouldn’t nothing have been a lot less trouble than something? But can nothing actually exist? Has there, in fact, always been something? Although answers to the vast, unfathomable mysteries of existence seem as distant as ever, we remain as compelled to seek them as countless generations before us. Indeed, as a species, we seem unable to truly thrive without some overarching sense of direction or purpose.

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Carl Abrahamsson – Occulture: The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward

July 18, 2018

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Carl Abrahamsson discusses his book ‘Occulture – The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward’. Art, magic, and the occult have been intimately linked since our prehistoric ancestors created the first cave paintings some 50,000 years ago. As civilizations developed, these esoteric forces continued to drive culture forward, both visibly and behind the scenes, from the Hermetic ideas of the Renaissance, to the ethereal worlds of 19th century Symbolism, and the occult interests of the Surrealists. In this deep exploration of ‘occulture’ – the liminal space where art and magic meet – Carl Abrahamsson reveals the integral role played by magic and occultism in the development of culture throughout history as well as their relevance to the continuing survival of art and creativity.

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Anthony Peake – Mystery and Meaning in Time, Space, and Matter – Part Two

June 22, 2018

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Anthony Peake discusses his book ‘Time and The Rose Garden: Encountering the Magical in the Life and Works of J.B. Priestley’. Active from the early 1900s almost until his death in 1984, English playwright and novelist John Boynton Priestly – when considered at all – is generally regarded as an old fashioned, outmoded relic of a bygone literary age. However, as Anthony Peake shows, Priestly was often far ahead of his time as a thinker, and was an avid explorer of the great existential mysteries which have occupied some of the greatest minds for millennia. Peake draws out common themes in Priestley’s work which strongly suggest that time, space, and matter are not what they seem. In this strange, surreal and, for most people, largely unfamiliar view of reality, mind and matter are intimately intertwined, opening up a panorama of bewildering possibilities. Do past, present and future exist simultaneously in an eternal now? If so, is the past still accessible under certain circumstances, and under similar circumstances, can we foresee the events of the future?

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