Found 24 posts tagged 'Scientism'
April 6, 2019
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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.
The author begins by exposing the logical fallacies and internal contradictions of the reigning physicalist paradigm and popular alternatives such as panpsychism. The main objections to idealism are also systematically refuted. The book closes with an analysis of the hidden psychological motivations behind mainstream physicalism and the implications of idealism for the way we relate to each other and the world. The view of reality presented here makes sense of the many mysteries which mainstream materialist science simply cannot fathom. It reconciles the classical and quantum worlds and disposes of the so-called ‘hard problem’ of consciousness. It may even hold the secret to the origin and meaning of life.
March 24, 2019
Darius Nikbin discusses his book ‘The Universal Subject of Our Time (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Machine)’. In the dialectic of man versus machine, can machines ever become more than glorified number crunchers? How would we know if a machine was actually beginning to think? If it did, might it eventually develop self-awareness and if so, might it also develop self-interest? What if its interests conflicted with ours? In the context of scientific optimism versus post-modern pessimism, we ponder whether artificial intelligence can deliver on its promise of tackling social and economic problems and enhancing our lives, or whether its ultimate threat of a subjugated or even annihilated humanity could one day come to pass.
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. 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?
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