Found 22 posts tagged 'Scientism'
February 12, 2019
Brian Keating, author of Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor, discusses the origin of the Universe and how science is performed, presented, and perceived.
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Modern science portrays itself as dispassionate and detached, with objective observers simply registering facts. But scientists are people too, with prejudices and emotions, rivalries and ambitions, hopes and fears. Pop science today is all over the media, making stars out of scientists unaccustomed to such acclaim. In an age of chaos and confusion where anti-scientific attitudes are also on the rise, can more be done to make science relevant and meaningful to the masses?
We also take a tour of cosmological theories from the Big Bang to the Steady State and ask, could our Universe really have arisen from nothing? And, in attempting to trace its origin back in time, is there a point beyond which we simply cannot see?
January 1, 2019
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.
Charles Darwin, consciousness, evolution, life after death, materialism, metaphysics, natural intelligence, Natural teleology, Near Death Experience, Out of Body Experience, philosophy, placebo effect, precognition, psychic phenomena, quantum physics, reincarnation, Scientism, Steve Taylor, telepathy
May 12, 2018
Thomas Sheridan discusses his book ‘Sorcery – The Invocation of Strangeness’. In the modern world, we no longer have time for magic, dismissing it as mere mumbo-jumbo from less enlightened times. One might say, in fact, that the magic has gone out of our lives. Most of us, however, misunderstand just what magic is – a mechanism for manipulating the world around us, which through suppression and since the ascent of the scientific age, has mostly faded from memory. Yet this force lives on and indeed is fundamental to the very fabric of the Universe.
9/11, consciousness, dark matter, Donald Trump, Internet, magic, mainstream media manipulation, manifesting, metaphysics, propaganda, psychic phenomena, psychology, quantum physics, Rupert Sheldrake, Scientism, social media, symbolism, technology, Thomas Sheridan
March 1, 2018
Biologist, parapsychological researcher, and author of ‘The Science Delusion’ Rupert Sheldrake discusses his latest book ‘Science and Spiritual Practices’. In this pioneering work Sheldrake shows how science helps validate seven practices on which all religions are built, and which are part of our common human heritage: meditation, gratitude, connecting with nature, relating to plants, rituals, singing and chanting, and pilgrimage and holy places. The effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier.
January 30, 2018
In part three, we consider how Wilson’s worldview differed from that of many in the literary movement he was all-too-often lumped in with, the so-called ‘angry young men’ such as John Osborne and Kingsley Amis who rose to prominence during the 1950s. Wilson held an unfashionable belief in the power of self-improvement over and above that of social protest or utopian politics. Indeed, his ideas about the possible emergence of a New Human, physically and mentally improved, coupled with his criticism of what he saw as the widespread denial of genius and worm’s-eye view of the World, were in certain circles condemned as nothing less than fascist.
altered states of consciousness, Colin Wilson, collapse of society, consciousness, Donald Trump, evolution, Gary Lachman, Individual Freedom, magic, manifesting, metaphysics, occult, philosophy, Scientism, Socialism, synchronicity
December 14, 2017
Ervin Laszlo discusses his book ‘The Intelligence of the Cosmos: Why Are We Here? New Answers from the Frontiers of Science’. For the outdated mainstream paradigm, the universe is a giant mechanism functioning in accordance with known and knowable laws, patterns, and regularities. But the new paradigm emerging in science offers a different concept – a universe as an interconnected, coherent whole, informed by a cosmic intelligence. This is not a finite, mechanistic, purely material model – it is a holistic system infused with consciousness, and within it, we are conscious beings who emerge and co-evolve as complex vibrations in what Laszlo calls the Akashic Field of the universe.
November 20, 2017
Gary Lachman discusses his book ‘Beyond the Robot – The Life and Work of Colin Wilson’. Colin Wilson was a literary and cultural rebel, and one of the most adventurous, hopeful, and least understood visionary intellects of the past century. Author of over a hundred books including the 1956 classic ‘The Outsider’, Wilson purveyed a philosophy of mind power and human potential that made him arguably the only optimistic existentialist.
altered states of consciousness, Colin Wilson, consciousness, Donald Trump, evolution, Gary Lachman, Individual Freedom, magic, manifesting, metaphysics, occult, philosophy, Scientism, social media, synchronicity, UFOs
August 16, 2017
Amit Goswami discusses ‘The Everything Answer Book: How Quantum Physics Explains Love, Death and the Meaning of Life’. Goswami s basic premise is that quantum physics is not only the future of science, but also the key to understanding consciousness, life, death, God, and the meaning of life. Quantum physics offers an antidote to the moral sterility of scientific reductionism and mechanistic materialism, and holds the key to the clearest, most coherent understanding of our universe. In short, quantum physics is indeed the theory of everything. In The Everything Answer Book Goswami and his colleagues discuss, among other things, how quantum physics affects our understanding of thoughts, feelings and intuitions, karma, death and reincarnation, dreams, evolution and the purpose of existence. Crucially, it points the way towards the spiritualization of politics, economics, business, education, and wider society itself, all of which are vital steps if our species is to survive and thrive through the challenging times ahead.
altered states of consciousness, Amit Goswami, astronomy, Big Bang, collapse of society, consciousness, evolution, Higgs boson, materialism, placebo effect, psychic phenomena, psychology, quantum physics, Scientism
June 13, 2017
John Michael Greer discusses the retirement of his popular blog The Archdruid report, his latest venture Ecosophia, and the future of our civilization. Over the years, John has written more than most and about as much as can be said concerning the decline and fall of industrial civilization. As the converging crises in energy, economics, and the environment continue to unfold, and politics plunges to new lows, he is making a shift in emphasis away from past paradigms and towards a spiritual perspective which may help salvage some meaning and purpose from the wreckage of our doomed society.
climate change, collapse of society, Dmitry Orlov, Druidry, Druids, dystopia, energy crisis, global warming, globalization, James Howard Kunstler, John Michael Greer, peak oil, psychology, Science Fiction, Scientism, technology
January 28, 2017
John Michael Greer discusses his latest book Dark Age America – Climate Change, Cultural Collapse, and the Hard Future Ahead. As we lurch on into the early part of the 21st Century, converging crises in energy, economy, and environment are rapidly undermining the foundations of industrial civilization and the materialistic way of life which so many of us take for granted. Energy – because cheap, easily accessible fossil fuels are running out and industrial civilization as we know it simply cannot be sustained by renewables. Economy – because at almost every level, global, national, corporate, and personal, we are drowning in debt that cannot and therefore will not be repaid but whose unravelling will cause mass destruction of governments, banks, entire industries, and millions of lives. Environment – because centuries of industrial civilization have wreaked havoc on the biosphere, triggering catastrophic climate change while poisoning the ecosystems on which life on Earth depends.
apocalypse, artificial intelligence, barack obama, carbon footprint, climate change, collapse of society, consumerism, corporate control, currency collapse, Dark Ages, depopulation, Donald Trump, economics, energy crisis, global warming, Higgs boson, John Michael Greer, mainstream media manipulation, nuclear power, peak oil, renewable energy, Scientism, sustainability, transhumanism