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Note: My maya-gaia website, evolving since 1997, is a chronicle of my passing all considered opinion
through the lens of my Nirvikalpa Samadhi with both an open-mind and healthy skepticism.
Links to Vedanta & New Physics Metaparadigm
Some online articles and papers exploring the pros and cons for the effort to compose a synthesis between metaphysical (primarily Vedantic) and new physics concepts for modeling a consciousness metaparadigm.
Update 03 03 10
"If I were an Eastern mystic, the last thing in the world I would want would be a reconciliation with modern science, to hitch a religious philosophy to a contemporary science is a sure route to its obsolescence" - Jeremy Berstein, particle physicist.
Conferences and Seminars on Non Duality and Consciousness
Update 05 12 2012: Toward a Science of Consciousness East/West Views on Brain, Mind and Reality - The 20th Annual Conference, March 3-9, 2013 Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India. Co-sponsored by Centre for Consciousness Studies, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India and Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA. (Agra, India, home of the Taj Mahal.) Announcement and Call for Abstracts
Toward a Science of Consciousness is an interdisciplinary conference covering rigorous approaches to the understanding of conscious awareness, and our place in the universe. Since 1994, TSC conferences have been held in even-numbered years in Tucson, Arizona, sponsored and organized by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. In odd-numbered years TSC conferences have been held at various locations around the world (1995 Naples, Italy; 1997 Elsinore, Denmark; 1999 Tokyo, Japan; 2001, Skovde, Sweden; 2003 Prague, Czech Republic; 2005 Copenhagen, Denmark; 2007 Budapest, Hungary; 2009 Hong Kong, China; 2011 Stockholm, Sweden.
See another Maya-Gaia page with links more specifically concerned with Science of the Mind at Consciousness and Panpsychism that focus on efforts to synthesize elements of the non dual tradition with post modern effort to develop a science of the mind and consciousness as non-epiphenomenon.
See also Maya-Gaia page Theosophical Synthesis Presenting resources to explore issues in the tension between science/spirituality and evolution/creation and to examine possibilities for finding common ground and synthesis.
X International Ontology Congress
Physis. From Elementary Particles to Human Nature Since its first edition in 1993, the aim of the International Ontology Congress has been to establish the state of affairs with regard to the main questions in fundamental philosophy examined from a contemporary perspective. This includes the “natural science of our times”, using Heisenberg's words - so we may apply to quantum mechanics, genetics or paleontology the implication in the Cantorian infinite, that is, that the contemplation of the issues arising out of it far from concerning just the interests of a specialized discipline, affect the continuum of the human spirit.
The Journal of Cosmology Rudolf Schild, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor Astronomy, Astrophysics Center for Astrophysics, Harvard-Smithsonian Cambridge, MA. Cosmology (from Greek kosmos, "universe"; and logia-, "study"; is the study and understanding of existence in its totality, encompassing the infinite and eternal, and the origins and evolution of the cosmos, galaxies, stars, planets, earth, life, woman and man. The interdisciplinary Journal of Cosmology is devoted to the study of "cosmology" and is dedicated to those men and women of rare genius and curiosity who wish to understand more and more about more and more: The study of existence in its totality.
Journal of Cosmology Astronomy - Astrobiology Earth Sciences - Life - Table of Contents - Volume 14 Consciousness and the Universe April-May, 2011 Edited by Sir Roger Penrose, FRS, University of Oxford and Stuart Hameroff M.D. A peer reviewed journal devoted to the advancement of Science publishing original contributions in the fields of Cosmology, Astronomy, Astrobiology, and Earth & Planetary Sciences. Papers related to these general areas including those concerning biology, genetics, geology, climate change, meteorology, physics, celestial mechanics, astrophysics, particle physics, paleoastronomy, chemistry, panspermia, abiogenesis, extinction, fluid mechanics and the origin and evolution of life. Is consciousness an epiphenomenal happenstance of this particular universe? Or does the very concept of a universe depend upon its presence? Does consciousness merely perceive reality, or does reality depend upon it? Did consciousness simply emerge as an effect of evolution? Or was it, in some sense, always "out there" in the world?
A cosmos with no beginning or end by Richard Talcott (Astronomy, March, 09) Uncertainties about the Big Bang helped motivate cosmologists Paul J. Steinhardt of Princeton University and Neil Turok of Cambridge University to develop a theory they call the "cyclic model of the universe." The model envisions a universe that undergoes limitless cycles. Each cycle begins with a Big Bang, is followed by a long period of expansion and cooling, and ends with a Big Crunch. The cycle repeats perhaps once every trillion years. The Big Bang that launched our current universe is just the latest in a long line of such bangs. Our universe exists on a three-dimensional membrane, or "brane" for short, near a second such brane. (The distance between the branes lies along a fourth spatial dimension.)
(m-g: My concurrent dual-nondual, 200% reality model finds a poignant synchronicity with this two-brane theory- even in the feature I describe of returning from my samadhi as the stream ejected me into a funnel-like opening in a filamentous membrane that seemed (in recall) to form a divide between numinous and phenomenal dimensions.)
Nataraja Symbol at CERN about the 2m tall statue of the Indian deity Shiva Nataraja- Lord of Dance unveiled at CERN, 2004 (European Center for Research in Particle Physics) in Geneva by the Indian government to celebrate the research center's long association with India. The parallel between Shiva's dance and the dance of subatomic particles was first discussed by Fritjof Capra in an article titled "The Dance of Shiva: The Hindu View of Matter in the Light of Modern Physics," published in Main Currents in Modern Thought in 1972. Shiva's cosmic dance then became a central metaphor in Capra's international bestseller The Tao of Physics, first published in 1975.
Around age 7 or 8- just before falling asleep I had a spontaneous vision of a slender figure with a conical cap, silhouetted against a bright light at the end of long tunnel- dancing. I thought it was God, that left me with an "icky" (queasy) feeling. It was only after my effort to integrate my Nirvikalpa Samadhi that I realized the figure had a striking resemblance to Nataraja and the vision bore a synchronicity to the perennial scenario of a light at the end of a tunnel. Recently I realize the tunnel is also immediately symbolic of the concept of the samadhi wormhole.
New Metaparadigm of Reality by Peter Russell. Today we may be on the threshold of a major shift in metaparadigm; a fundamental revolution in worldview that could well be even more far-reaching than the Copernican Revolution, and one that promises to shatter all our beliefs about the nature of reality. Half a millennium ago, the old model of the cosmos was turned inside-out, placing the sun, not the earth, at the center of things. Today it is our whole model of reality that is threatened with a complete inversion. In the new model consciousness becomes as fundamental to the cosmos as space, time, energy and matter -- in some respects even more fundamental.
Principles of Quantum Buddhism by Francois Lepine (Quantum Buddhism Association, St-Raymond, Quebec, Canada) Samadhi occurs during deep meditation. Scientifically, in altered states quantum brain activities may become more directly connected with the universal quantum geometry and its collective information. Number 10 of 22 abstracts of papers presented at Quantum Mind Conference University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria July, 2007 by leading scientific theorists for interconnecting consciousness and the physical world. Many of these papers present highly technical science-based theories relating to how our personal consciousness may entangled with a conscious cosmic matrix.
Brainstem Brainwaves of Atman Brahman RAS-brainwaves as the correlate of the Divine Light My Review of book by Sutapas Bhattacharya, 2015. Brainstem Brainwaves of Atman Brahman is a landmark guide for the synthesis of philosophy of science and spirituality evolved from the philosophical consensus of the most cogent, modern physicists/mystics integrated with the perennial wisdom of Eastern non dual tradition, particularly Advaita Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism. The author subjects a monumental gallery of scientific and metaphysical theories, ontologies and philosophies from major traditions and from published works of virtually every iconic guru both East and West. An ontology is proposed, based on new Meta-Science and Universal Consciousness with light as the omniscient and omnipresent ground of all being that manifests as a correlate in the RAS-brainwaves that create our individual awareness and the holonomic interpenetration of all phenomenal manifestations in the universe.
Being Different Book by Rajiv Malhotra. Malhotra writes with passion from within an avowedly dharmic stance, undermining the attempts to domesticate and expropriate India’s own intellectual traditions, including the ontological claims of Indic cosmology, the epistemology of yogic experience, the unique Indic appreciation for complexity, and the nuances of Sanskritic expression - in a process of interreligious dialogue that is ultimately based on a Western cosmological framework. See also: College Lecture Video of lecture/discussion with young college students at Somaiya Institutes, Mumbai. Malhotra promotes the Indic roots for the full integration of the inner journey and for approaches to the study of biophysics and cognitive and neurological sciences.
Sciences of the Ancient Hindus: Its History and Implications on World Cultures Details on grant from the Infinity Foundation for Dr. Alok Kumar, Department of Physics, State University of New York, Oswego, NY to Design a curriculum on ancient Indian Science. The Beginnings of Science: A World View (PHY 303), will be offered for the first time during the academic year of 2001-2002. The course explores the origins and diffusion of the early scientific ideas and practices that served as the necessary foundations of what came to be known as "science." Through case studies of several ancient civilizations, the nature of science, the contexts in which science flourished, the cultural exchanges by which science was diffused, the reasons of its occasional decline, and impact of science on society are explored. See also: Sciences of the Ancient Hindus: Unlocking Nature in the Pursuit of Salvation March 19, 2014 by Dr. Alok Kumar. Modern science and medicine would be unrecognizable, and far more primitive, without the immense contribution of the ancient Hindus - covers various topics in the natural sciences and systematically uses Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Middle Eastern accounts dealing with the ancient Hindus. In the modern era, thinkers and scientists as diverse as Goethe, Emerson, Thoreau, Jung, Oppenheimer, and Schrodinger, to name a few, have acknowledged their debt to ancient Hindu achievements in science, technology, and philosophy.
Cosmic Consciousness Is Science Closing In? An overview examination of the scientific evidence for the notion that our consciousness is a continuum of a conscious cosmic matrix and some of the controversy it has generated.
Physics, Mysticism, and the New Holographic Paradigm- Ken Wilber's cautious overview
"The work of these scientists--Bohm, Pribram, Wheeler, and all--is too important to be weighed down with wild speculations on mysticism. And mysticism itself is too profound to be hitched to phases of empirical scientific theorizing. Let them appreciate each other, and let their dialogue and mutual exchange of ideas never cease. But unwarranted and premature marriages usually end in divorce, and all too often a divorce that terribly damages both parties."
Consciousness You Tube Edu. Free University Lectures Online. Offers a comprehensive inventory of disciplines.
International Society for Science and Religion ISSR was founded 2002, in Cambridge, UK. Our central aim is the facilitation of dialogue between the two academic disciplines of science and religion, one of the most important current areas of debate in terms of understanding the nature of humanity. This includes both the enhancement of the profile of the science-religion interface in the public eye, as well as the safeguarding of the quality and rigour of the debate in the more formal, academic arena. Other other significant links in the field.
Science and Nonduality The annual (SAND) Conference: 2014 Main Conference Oct. 23rd- 26th; location: Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose, CA. SAND creates a unique forum to bring preeminent thinkers from various scientific fields into dialogue with spiritual teachers, practitioners, and members of the public – peering into deep mysteries and seeking answers to big questions – in order to heal the rift between science and spirituality. SAND supports the emergence of a new spirituality not entrenched in dogmatism, and responsive to the latest findings in physics, biology, neuroscience, psychology, cosmology and ecology.
Unified Deism Network
Consciousness - an animation of Spirit. A youtube animated video by avaita.org portraying our transformation from the illusion of duality to non dual realization but insinuating a guru in the process.
YouTube Video In virtually every major field of science- physics, biology, cosmology etc. the theoretical has advanced way beyond the ability to conduct physical experiment and enters the realm of thought experiments. Here the concepts should not assume any more claim to scientific credibility than some of the perennial foundations of metaphysics.
Philosophy of Life and Death Online lecture by Yale Professor of Philosphy Shelly Kagan - Death Lectures (5 of 26).
A Simple Explanation of Absolutely Everything by Cyd C. Ropp, Ph.D., 2011. A Simple Explanation that integrates cutting-edge science and math with traditional spiritual teachings. In A Fractal Model of the Conscious Universe, 1975, mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot coined the term “fractal” in the first published paper on fractal geometry. Despite some resistance from the mathematical community, it was soon discovered that fractal geometry is unparalleled at measuring and modeling the world of natural phenomena. To put the Simple Explanation in fractal terms, our universe is populated by simple, recursive, self-similar structures of consciousness at arbitrarily small scales.
True Nature: Notes on Spirit and Science by Thomas McFarlane. Reflections on spiritual teachings, mystical philosophy, and science. See his compendium of links to Individuals and Their Works Relating to Integral Science and his extended essays as in The Heart of Franklin Merrell-Wolff's Philosophy
Biocosm - (The new scientific theory of evolution: Intelligent Life is the Architect of the Universe) by James N. Gardner. The ideas that underlie the book—including the radical “Selfish Biocosm” hypothesis—were originally presented in prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals (Complexity, Acta Astronautica, and the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society). The prime objective of the book is to provide the framework for a scientifically plausible and testable formulation of the
strong anthropic principle—the notion that life and intelligence have not emerged in a series of random accidents but are essentially hard-wired into the laws of nature and into a vast cycle of cosmic creation, evolution, death and rebirth.
Speculations on a Unified Theory of Matter and Mind- Manoj K. Samal, of the S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in India- "Physics is so successful today in understanding the nature of matter. What can it say about mind - Is it possible to have a unified theory of matter and mind within the framework of modern science - Is Consciousness an accident or is it a natural consequence of laws of nature - Are these laws of nature the same as the laws of physics - We make an attempt here to unify mind with matter based on an extended formalism borrowed from Quantum theory where information plays a more fundamental role than matter or thought."
Topological Geometrodynamics - Finnish physicist Matti Pitkänen presents the theory of TGD. Pitkänen has followed the steps in Samal's line of attack and produced a manifold of information "embedded 4-spaces" which represent the workings of the mind. TGD is Pitkänen's structure through which we attribute meaning and understanding to the world, and TGD also explains our biology, our chemistry, our physics, and our connection to the universe.
Physics and Vedanta- John Dobson-
"What we now call the philosophy of Vedanta (and I don't mean the practice, but the philosophy behind the practice of what we call Advaita Vedanta) was apparently invented by some very sharp physicists in India a long time ago".
Quantum Physics and Vedic Metaphysics-
by David Bruce Hughes "The intent of this work is to present and explore an extant theory of consciousness from an ancient tradition of vital, living importance to hundreds of millions of adherents and practitioners all over the world, and to evaluate its potential value to modern science."
Postmodern Paradigms An introduction to the dialectics of paradigm shift and some postmodern examples in a variety of disciplines.
A Clear Conception of 'Possible' to 'Actual' - From the Phenomenology of Heisenberg to the Ontology of Whitehead. Peter Mutnick's deep philosophy concerning synthesis of metaphysical and phenomenological reality. "That the actual and the other are infused by the unconditioned consciousness and the self, respectively, means that the limits of the actual and the other are burst asunder. It is this fact that enables the phenomenological consciousness or cogito to grasp the entire world as a totality. That is precisely the meaning of cosmic consciousness, and it is the real meaning of the Encompassing (das Umgreifende), discussed by Karl Jaspers. It is only this kind of cogito that confers certain knowledge that I AM, or ego sum."
Quantum Mind Dialogs with Stuart Hameroff, Peter Mutnick, Jack Sarfatti, Henry Stapp, etc.
The Divine Matrix by Gregg Braden - Max Planck- Dr. John Wheeler - perceived matter is a manifest of a conscious matrix.
Jack Sarfatti and David Bohm : Bohm, in his "causal theory", made the correct Hegelian synthesis of Einstein's thesis that there is a "there" there, and Bohr's antithesis of "thinglessness" (Nick Herbert's term). Einstein was a materialist and Bohr was an idealist. Bohm showed that quantum reality has both. This is "physical dualism" (my term). Physical dualism may be a low energy approximation to a deeper monism of cosmic consciousness called "the super-implicate order" (Bohm and Hiley's term), "pregeometry" (Wheeler's term), "substratum" (Dirac's term), "funda-MENTAL space" (Hameroff's term), "Chi" (Chinese medicine & Falun Gong) etc.,
50 Nobel Laureates and other Great Scientists Who Believe in God excerpts from the book by permission by Tihomir Dimitrov. The book comprises religious quotations from the most influential scientists and writers in the world. In the course of my 11-year research I have studied hundreds of books, articles and letters - primarily those found in the archives of the National Library of Bulgaria (Sofia), Biblioteca Comunale di Milano and the Austrian National Library (Vienna). I have also corresponded with many contemporary Nobel Prize-winning scientists who have shared their personal beliefs about God. I believe that this book will inspire believers, will give hope to seekers and that it will challenge those who think that religion and contemporary science are in insurmountable conflict.
Deep Grace Theory A weblog devoted to thinking theory & conversation between science and faith by Janet Knedlik. I don't want to go to cultural relativism either. So I'm talking about a paradigm for knowing that keeps the solid gold of the scientific method for the sciences, but requires that non-scientific ways of knowing are essential also for citizens in self-governing politites and for the pursuit of understanding concerning the complicated interplay of various kinds of truth.
Metanexsus Institute Metanexus is a global interdisciplinary institute taking a transdisciplinary approach to promote the constructive engagement of religion and science worldwide to explore the most profound questions of nature, culture, and the human person.
The John Templeton Foundation Its mission: to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. It supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.
Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness by Rosenblum, Bruce and Fred Kuttner, 2006. A Book Review, Chapter: Quantum Physics by Bobby Matherne, 2009. Examining the fear that some people have of spiritual science. One finds the fear disguised under sarcasm or abusive language, e. g., Loon of the Month, unicorns, pixie dust but the disguise is a thin one. Positive Atheists are not immune to such fear - they are positively afraid of anything spiritual as if it would open them up to something deep inside of themselves that they do not want to face. Instead of facing this thing, they attack others who dare to reveal this thing. Skeptics fit also in this category of fear, but they must confront a paradox - they are absolutely sure that one cannot be absolutely sure of anything!
Being Different PDF book by Rajiv Malhotra, 2011 - an Indian–American researcher and public intellectual on current affairs, world religions, cross-cultural encounters and science. Being Different is both a critical exploration of the two vastly different metaphysical/religious worldviews (the Abrahamic and Dharmic families of spiritual traditions) dominant in the US and India respectively, and a challenge to what the author finds to be an asymmetric power relationship between them. Malhotra writes with passion from within an avowedly dharmic stance and with the intention of undermining the attempts to domesticate and expropriate the Indian traditions in a process of inter religious dialogue that is ultimately based on a western cosmological framework and religious assumptions.
Does Quantum Physics Lead to Inevitable Mysticism? West Seattle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2006 Rev. Peg Boyle Morgan. To answer this question, I have spent some time recently reading the essays of modern physicists (made easier by the edited volume of Ken Wilber's entitled Quantum Questions) - folks like Heisenberg 1901-1976 (the original conceiver of quantum mechanics), Schroedinger 1887-1961 (who developed wave mechanics), Einstein 1879-1955 (who of course developed relativity theory), Pauli 1900-1958 (who developed something called the exclusion principle), Planck 1858-1947 (conceiving the quanta idea) and Eddington 1882-1944 (who applied relativity theory to the solar system). What is interesting is that they all agree on the answer to that question. And the answer, my friends, is NO. They all thought that physics deals with the world of material form, and mysticism deals with the formless. Physics operates in realms of facts and mathematics; mysticism operates in the realm of consciousness. Planck said that religion and science deal with two very different dimensions of existence, between which there should be neither conflict nor accord, any more than we would say that there should be conflict between botany and music.
Maya in Physics by R. Blake Michael, N. C. Panda; Maya in Physics is a synthesis of modern classical physics, thermodynamics, relativity, quantum physics, particles physics, and cosmology and the Advaita Vedanta, with an integral thesis emerging out of the confluence. In the exposition of the Advaita Vedanta, its philosophy has been reinterpreted in the light of modern science. In this process, the Vedanta has been demystified and physics dematerialized instead of being confined to inter-school parallelism only, this book tries to present a total vision of the entire cosmos and its dependence on Brahman, the transcendental being which is the non-dual Reality.
What Is Enlightenment? WIE Index to articles by researchers for a theory of consciousness that embraces both the mystical and the latest discoveries in neuroscience, parapsychology, and quantum physics. Who are we? Random creations of the unpredictable workings of quantum physics? Or are we a miraculous creation of God filled with meaning and purpose? Is there some mysterious, living intelligence that pervades the entire universe? Or is consciousness just the illusory byproduct of synaptic activity in our brain? Come and explore the hotly contested ground between mysticism and materialism, as we seek out a theory of consciousness that embraces both science and the soul.
My Big TOE, by Thomas Campbell 2002 - YouTube Presentation of Trilogy written by a nuclear physicist in the language of contemporary Western culture, unifies science and philosophy, physics and metaphysics, mind and matter, purpose and meaning, the normal and the paranormal. The entirety of human experience (mind, body, and spirit) including both our objective and subjective worlds, are brought together under one seamless scientific understanding.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online searchable compendium of full-text papers, essays and definitions.
Beyond: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science Paul Davies, Director. Mission Statement: For thousands of years, people have gazed in wonder at the world about them and asked the big questions: How did the universe come to exist? What is it made of? Where do human beings fit into the great cosmic scheme? Is there a meaning to it all? Such questions have mostly been restricted to religion and philosophy. Now scientists are addressing them too, following spectacular advances in cosmology, subatomic particle physics, molecular biology, genetics and neuroscience. Physicists are busy seeking a "theory of everything" - a way to meld the disparate laws of physics into an all-embracing mathematical scheme. See also The Goldilocks Enigma by Paul Davies- The Mind of God and the anthropic principle.
Henry Stapp Papers (A compendium of work online) You can make a copy of one of them by clicking on the desired-version file. Stapp sees a global collapse of superposed brain states as in the process of choosing between alternatives. Stapp points out that orthodox quantum theory reconciles two diverse aspects of scientific practice: the mathematical aspect represented by the deterministic evolution of mathematical properties in accordance with a deterministic equation Schrödinger's equation; and the empirical aspect associated with our human actions upon the world about us, and the feedbacks that we experience.
The Biocentric Universe Theory: Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman (Discover Magazine May, 2009) Stem-cell guru Robert Lanza presents a radical new view of the universe and everything in it.
The Elegant Universe PBS, 2012 - Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings. It's not science fiction, it's string theory and
you can view its entirety online. Features Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr. African-American Physicist and physics professor. Also known as superstring theory, the startling idea proposes that the fundamental ingredients of nature are inconceivably tiny strings of energy, whose different modes of vibration underlie everything that happens in the universe. The theory successfully unites the laws of the large "general relativity" and the laws of the small "quantum mechanics" breaking a conceptual logjam that has frustrated the world's smartest scientists for nearly a century.
The Big Bang Machine PBS - NOVA, Jan., 2015 On July 4, 2012 - Scientists at the giant atom smashing facility at CERN announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that seems like a tantalizingly close match to the elusive Higgs Boson, thought to be responsible for giving all the stuff in the universe its mass. Since it was first proposed nearly fifty years ago, the Higgs has been the holy grail of particle physicists: in finding it they validate the "standard model" that underlies all of modern physics and open the door to new discoveries when CERN’s giant collider switches on at higher power in 2015.
The Foundations for a New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram, 2002- entire book online - The Principle of Computational Equivalence suggests that we as humans are in the end no more sophisticated than all sorts of simple programs, and all sorts of systems in nature. But from this there also emerges a new kind of unity: for across a vast range of systems, from simple programs to brains to our whole universe, the principle implies that there is a basic equivalence that makes the same fundamental phenomena occur, and allows the same basic scientific ideas and methods to be used.
The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics By James Daniel Sinclair: But when the veil is torn away, the study of QM builds a remarkably robust Christian apologetic. When pragmatic & logically invalid interpretations are removed, there remain four possibilities for the nature of reality (based on the work of philosopher Henry Stapp). Additional analysis shows two are exclusive to theism. The third can be formulated with or without God. The last is consistent only with atheism. By considering additional criteria, options that deny God can be shown to be false.
Integral Spirituality by Ken Wilber, 2007. Direct link to Wilber's chapter passionately critical of Erwin Laszlo's Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything, 2007 plus Fred Alan Wolf, system theory, holograms, quantum vacums- charging that all are symptoms of boomeritis and an expression of imperialistic (egocentric) crusades and personal narcissism.
Evidence for the Akashic Field: From Modern Consciousness Research by Stanislav Grof M.D. Addressing the formidable conceptual problems presented by the paradigm-breaking anomalous phenomena emerging from a wide range of fields from astrophysics, quantum-relativistic physics and chemistry to biology, anthropology, thanataolgy, parapsychology and psychology.
Interdisciplinary University of Paris The mission of the Interdisciplinary University of Paris (UIP) is to disseminate and bring into contact different philosophical and epitemological visions of the world based on the study of contemporary scientific paradigms, mainly in the area of astrophysics, quantum physics, the theory of evolution, the neuro-sciences and the philosophies of the spirit.
Physics and Vedanta- Franklin Merrell-Wolff- American Sage of Vedanta Philosophy. "Franklin?s unique contribution to the varieties of religious experience seems to be his success in penetrating the mystery of consciousness without undergoing the exercises in fierce concentration that are generally prescribed by Hindu and Buddhist teachers. These are usually considered prerequisites to any sort of realization, and a necessary component of the path to enlightenment. However, Merrell-Wolff's insight came spontaneously."
David Bohm Society A portal resource for his book Wholeness and the Implicate Order and other work and the dynamic dialogues with Jiddu Krishnamurti. No scientific mind has penetrated the source of humanity’s difficulties to the extent David Bohm has. Bohm challenged the orthodoxy of science, denied the current flow of culture, in his scientific and philosophical work, his main concern has been with understanding the nature of reality in general and of consciousness in particular as a coherent whole, which is never static or complete but which is an unending process of movement and unfoldment.
One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters 2013 by Larry Dossey M.D. In the 20th century, we were introduced to several subdivisions of the mind: the conscious, unconscious, subconscious, preconscious, and so on. But what we didn’t know was that there was another level of consciousness, an all-encompassing, infinite dimension of shared intelligence: the One Mind. Communication between humans and sentient nonhumans, such as pets; large groups of animals—flocks, schools, herds—behaving in highly coordinated ways; direct contact with a transcendent domain through near-death experiences.
Sri Aurobindo- SA was skeptical that science could contribute to the Vedanta-based enlightenment his Integral Yoga liberated. "They proved to me by convincing reasons that God does not exist; Afterwards I saw God, for he came and embraced me. And now what am I to believe- the reasoning of others or my own experience? Truth is what the soul has seen and experienced; the rest is appearance, prejudice and opinion." -from The Hour of God
EpistemeLinks Philosophy resources on the Internet. Metaphysics (from the Greek meta meaning after/beyond, and physics meaning nature) is a core branch of philosophy concerned with the study of "first principles" and "being" (ontology). Ontology asks questions such as "What kinds of things exist?", and answers are often lists of categories of things that exist (entities, actions, properties, relations, etc.). Other issues in metaphysics are change and identity over time, the problem of free will, and the nature of space and time [and classical and quantum consciousness].
Mandala of Indic Traditions links to scholary articles and essays pertaining to Inner Science from an Indic perspectives- hosted by the Infinity Foundation which seeks to promote East-West dialogue in the United States and India to advance proper understanding of the Indian civilizational experience in the world particularly in the areas of compassion and wisdom. (mg: think- Indic Templeton Foundation)
Chinese Philosophy's Resonance with Post-Modern Science: Cahn Insights on Emptiness From Master Hui-Neng by Sandra A. Wawrytko, Ph.D. Departments of Asian Studies and Philosophy San Diego State University 2002 The universe looks far different to today's post-modern scientists. In the light of contemporary currents of Chaos Theory and Fuzzy Logic, the metaphysics of Parmenides and Plato look at best quaint and at worst seriously flawed. A revolution is taking place before our very eyes?a radical shift in paradigms. Simplicity and analysis are giving way to complexity and synthesis; particle physics is being replaced by the Big Picture. Instead of emphasizing the discrete pieces of reality, post-modern scientists have shifted to a focus on interrelationships and process. Occam's Razor is wearing thin as reductionism proves a bad fit for the reality now being uncovered. Aesthetics offers a much more insightful approach to deciphering cosmic patterns than scientific realism.
Mathematical Theory of Spirituality Linking the Law of Love and Advaita to Physics by Dr. Raju Chidambaram. The author's purpose is to demonstrate how naturally the parallels between Vedanta and modern physics emerge when we present the basic Vedantic concepts within a mathematical framework. One table lists the striking similarities between Einstein’s space-time continuum and Vedanta’s Mahat or Cosmic Mind and between physics of matter and spirituality of the jivas. Several eminent physicists like Schrodinger and Bohm have commented on this subject in the past, but some of the specific details shown here are probably new. Of particular interest is the "Law of Love" . Stated in words, this law reads: "As a jiva (individual) becomes more and more loving, it suffers less and less in the world." As it turns out, this fundamental law of spirituality relating Love and suffering is identical in its mathematical structure to the law relating space and time in the Special Relativity theory.
The Self-Aware Universe Amit Goswami: "The current worldview has it that everything is made of matter, and everything can be reduced to the elementary particles of matter. Now, the opposite view is that everything starts with consciousness.That is, consciousness is the ground of all being. In this view, consciousness imposes "downward causation." In other words, our free will is real. When we act in the world we really are acting with causal power. This view does not deny that matter also has causal potency- from elementary particles upward but in addition it insists that there is also downward causation. It shows up in our creativity and acts of free will, or when we make moral decisions."
The Decider by Tom Siegfried 2008 - Informing the debate over the reality of ?free will? requires learning something about the lateral habenula. (m-g: But Siegfried implies that questions about free will are not meaningful in light of his assuming that our decision-making is entirely explained by the interplay of neurobiological processes. This seems merely a reductionist approach to a phenomenological aspect that does nothing to address the transcendental question regarding free-will versus determinism.)
The Divine Light and the Mystery of Existence by Sutapas Bhattacharya takes us - with a thoroughly justified pro-active Indic-centric vigor - on a scholarly, comprehensive sweep through three millennia of history of how light is the core of all the world's mystical traditions which eminated from India - the cradle of philosophy. (mg commentary: These 54 pages are a compendium of intimate perspectives and connections to the subject of the primacy of consciousness over materialism- of virtually every authorative source and individual in philosophy, metaphysics and science I've encountered in my integration effort over the past ten years.)
The Oneness/Otherness Mystery By Sutapas Bhattacharya. This is a work about our very existence, about Reality, about the relationship between the individual personality and the cosmos in which that personality exists, showing how the person is a microcosm, a little part of the cosmos, subtly reflecting his `world` however autonomous or independent he may believe he is. Update: 01 01 2015 Sutapas Bhattacharya writes: "I spent 7 years writing my new book The Brainstem Brainwaves of Atman-Brahman: The Synthesis of Science and Spirituality - see my review that includes the essay The Tacit Racism of Western Academia.. The book was published 2015 by Gyan Publishers in India and is available there, Amazon and other online bookstores.End Update
Sutapas also has alerted me to Ralph Abraham, Professor of Mathematics, U. of CA at Santa Cruz whose prodigious portfolio consists of articles from a highly evolved mind- integrating perspectives from direct experience in pan-disciplinary mysticism and physical, mathematical and consciousness sciences.
Michael Whitman Many levels many worlds and psi; A guide to the work by John Poynton. The late Professor Michael Whiteman produced a large body of literature relating to physical research. This 'guide' aims to help the reader to access this complex and often conceptually difficult material. It involves thinking about many levels of causation, and the possibility of many different worlds of experience. Whiteman's aim was to provide a rationally coherent and illuminating account of the 'inner constitution' of physical and non-physical worlds. Building mainly on concepts of potentiality and actualisation derived from quantum theory and classical sources, he developed a multilevel account of potentiality and resulting actualisation in physical and non-physical worlds...He rejected the materialisic view that reality subsists only in objects located in the one physical world; he recognized an "inexhaustible variety' of non-physical worlds of experience.
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Emptiness (one of many articles) by Michele Caponigro, 2009. The underlying physical reality is a central notion in the interpretations of quantum mechanics. The a priori physical reality notion affect the corresponding interpretation. This paper explores the possibility to establish a relationship between philosophical concept of physical reality in Nagarjuna's epistemology (emptiness) and the picture of underlying physical reality in Einstein, Rovelli and Zeilinger positions.
Integrated Theory of Intelligence: Discussion on: Peak Experience, Mystical Experience, Abraham Maslow by Dr. Roger D. Blomquist Also presents an outline for an Ultimate Theory of Everything.
Schrödinger's Universe and the Origin of the Natural Laws by Milo Wolff- Erwin Schrödinger (1937) perceived that the whole Universe, what we observe as material bodies and forces, are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space. When he and Einstein debated the particle theorists led by Neils Bohr, most scientists thought they had lost it. This book shows they were right; that all matter is one Wave Structure in the space of the Universe. If the stars did not exist, we could not exist. Comprehensive review by Sutapas Bhattacharya
A Fourfold Approach to the Fire- A reflection on experiences of the divine Fire or Light, or Being by Nicholas Hagger- In our time, materialists (cosmologists such as Hawking, neo-Darwinian biologists such as Dawkins and deconstructionist philosophers such as Derrida) have excluded the spiritual and divine as mysticism. Their view reduces man to an accidental and futile collection of atoms, cells and neurons. A bleak reductionism holds sway in the universities and primacy in physics, cosmology, biology, physiology, psychology and philosophy. Nicholas Hagger?s revolutionary approach liberates these disciplines and unites them with mysticism, metaphysics, religion and history. Advocating (with Bergson) a new metaphysical science, he achieves a marriage between physics and metaphysics that restores man?s uniqueness and purpose and undoes the reduction of man.
The Holographic Universe By Michael Talbot Reviewed by Michael Kisor: "The Holographic Universe is a "must read" for anyone with an open, inquiring mind and a curiosity about the cosmos in which we reside. Talbot has a talent for presenting complex subjects in layman's terms, yet make it interesting reading. The ramifications for humanity are staggering as this book seriously challenges the basis for our cultural view of reality: materialism. After reading The Holographic Universe, you will understand why so many people are starting to say that a paradigm shift in our science and culture is at hand.
Consciousness and Reality Paavo Pylkkanen- Consciousness and our concept of reality.
Science, Culture and Integral Yoga Sri Aurobindo and Auroville webzine. Vision and Mission: To consider emerging planetary science and culture in the light of Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga through affective dialog, creative imagination, critical inquiry and non-dual epistemologies. To discern trends within contemporary arts, sciences and technologies which appear to facilitate (or not) the co-evolution of integral spirituality, scientific research and emerging planetary culture.
Panpsychism A forum discussion initiated by Les Sleeth 2004. An Empirical Inductive Method: Metaphysics in philosophy has always had a big problem: evidence. The approach in the past was to assume facts a priori, and then for discussions to proceed rationalistically. Most thinkers now understand that with logic alone we discover little about the metaphysical nature of reality.
Quantum Consciousness Paradigm Google search menu.
Myth, Metaphysics, Spirit Is a symphonic fusion of science and spirituality possible? by Roar Bjonnes - The relationship between science and religion in contemporary society has often been riddled with conflicts. While science hails itself as the great discoverer of truth, religion claims to be the grand generator of meaning. On the one hand, science criticizes religion for being steeped in the dark ages of myths and dogmas, while on the other, religious fundamentalists often flatly deny broadly accepted scientific truths.
Does Consciousness Cause Behavior? Edited by Susan Pockett, William P. Banks and Shaun Gallegher, 2006. Brain-o-vision and the struggle of scientists to find some rapproachment between the personal experience of conscious causation and the possibility that consciousness might not cause behavior- leaving the experience an illusion.
Abhidhamma- as a paradigm for consciousness studies. Chitta Chetasika Rupa (Reply to Raul Banerjee) "Prof. Chalmers ... advises us to factor the entire phenomena into three related streams, 1. conscious experience - 2. cognitive functions - 3. material events. Again, he states as a fundamental postulate the one-to-one isomorphism between conscious experience and its allied cognitive functions."
Our Solarian Legacy- Multidimensional Humans in a Self-Learning Universe by Paul Von Ward
Humans are local manifestations of a universal consciousness that informs all life. If we are not yet cosmic beings, we are at least Solarians, with a heritage in the stars. in our Solarian microcosm, I believe, humans mirror all the characteristics of a powerful self-learning organism...the universe itself."
Dr. Mohsen Kermanshahi Universal Theory- "It is understandable if scientists try to avoid theological approach to reality. That kind of approach is not scientific or logical. But avoiding a big portion of reality, just because we are afraid that it may be interpreted as presence of God, is not acceptable either. I do not understand how developing theories, which include out of our space-time elements can disprove science. Are we scared of unknown just like fifteenth century priests? Are we hiding in our caves? I believe, understanding the laws of entity beyond our space-time is attainable and we do not have to refer to God of the Gaps to find a solution for our questions.
Quantum Consciousness- Way of the Explorer by Dr. Edgar Mitchell, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996. For at least five thousand years human beings have suspected that there is something more to our being than just the physical self. Spirit is not so easily dismissed as the strict materialist would have it. Yet if the spirit world does exist apart from the body and can produce creativity, thought, and other such functions, why do we need a brain? Indeed, why do we need a body at all? It seems rather doubtful that nature required fifteen billion years to evolve a method of self-reflective knowing that can perform all the complex information-management functions we find in a brain/body, and a parallel system that?s nonphysical. The energy density at the high-frequency end of the electromagnetic spectrum is sufficient to permit a variety of undiscovered physical structures. Perhaps these energies might account for some of the mystical insights and visions.
M-Logically-Valued LETS by William L. Pensinger and Cong Huyen Ton Nu Nha Trang (m-g got algorythmed into this page - that has almost nothing to do with my subject except that the author, draws on his 15 years of Buddhist studies, with the perspective of a reformed sinner to brilliantly integrate metaphysics, causitive factors of AIDS and quantum wave equation into his paradigm for global economic reform. I can only dream of bringing such intellect to my topic of consciousness and revelation.) This site is devoted to all and everything associated with the notion of m-logically-valued monetary units and their applications to LETS, local exchange trading systems. Definitions of scope are broad and shall include: m-valued logic (e.g., fuzzy logic, Lukasiewicz logic); theory of monetary instruments; related quantum theoretical issues; applications technologies (hardware and software); research and development; the involved strategic planning issues; real politik of insinuating m-logically-valued exchange systems into the prevailing Newtonian institutionalization; quantum accounts of self-organization as they apply to questions of monetary theory; autopoiesis and its graphical representation systems; metaphors in theoretical biology, biometeorology, oceanography, and related sciences of multiscale dynamical systems; applicability of complexity theory to monetary systematics; history of any and all related subjects. Definitions of exclusion are narrow and shall be determined only by the propensity of any given contribution to elicit ennui. See also The Moon of Hoa Binh
Shadow Warrior A blog by Nizhal Yoddha and San featuring Hindu Nationalist - Indic Dharma perspectives on world politics, religion, economics, evolution.
Souls of Distortion Essentialy a very New-Agey encyclopedic resource that embraces a vast range of holistic theories and paradigms for which reductive science has no adequate explanation. Features the goal of synthesis between perennial knowledge from mysticism, Eastern religious traditions and quantum and other new-science theoretics. An example of how detailed some subjects are examined: Aether Vibrations A growing number of post quantum physicists are discovering what Einstein and Schrödinger already assumed; physics may have been on the wrong track all along, misled by the idea that the material world exists of separate hard particles! They are suggesting now that we may live in a wave-based universe. Matter is simply the focal point of a vibration in an energy sea called the aether.
Is There Consciousness Within Science? An Interview with Ravi Gomatam of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Bombay by Thomas Beaudry How do you view the evolution of the ongoing interface between modern science and Eastern mysticism? First Wave: Capra, Zukav - Second Wave: Wilber reintroduced a kind of Cartesian dualism. Instead of the mind/body problem, it became the spirituality versus science problem. Third Wave: Evolution of a logical framework for discussion of consciousness within science- in the process science will doubtless discover a new middle ground between what it now thinks of as matter and what the mystics describe as consciousness.
Investigating Atheism project- University of Cambridge; The purpose of this site is to set these contemporary 'God Wars' in their historical context, and to offer a range of perspectives (from all sides) on the chief issues raised by the 'new atheists'. The Investigating Atheism project is designed to stimulate interest, thought and debate on this important topic (one that has rapidly gained a whole new audience in recent years). The website has been put together by a group of academics and researchers at the faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and at the University of Oxford. The team have no set view on the subject, and aim to give a fully independent, but informed statement about this important subject.
Can an Atheist Have a Religious Experience? Ian Robinson - Features noteworthy individual religious experiences. Robinson is currently Editor of the Australian Rationalist. He is a freelance writer, editor and teacher of writing.
Proto-Experiences and Subjective Experiences: Integration of Classical, Quantum, and Subquantum Concepts by Ram Lakhan Pandey Vimal - Vision Research Institute, Acton, MA; Dristi Anusandhana Sansthana, Ahmedabad-61, Gujrat, India 2008- JIN June, 2008 In the previous issue of JIN (Vimal, 2008a), I hypothesized that elementary particles (strings, or fermions and bosons) have two aspects: material aspect such as mass, charge, and spin and mental aspect such as elemental proto-experiences (PEs). PEs were conceptualized to be the properties of elementary particles and their interactions, which are composed of all types of irreducible fundamental subjective experiences (SEs)/PEsthat are in superimposed form in elementary particles and in their interactions. That is, the classical view of ?emergence? of SEs in neural-nets was unpacked in terms of quantum view of the superposition of fundamental SEs/PEs in elementary particles. This current article further unpacks the quantum view of superposition in terms of subquantum dual-aspect primal entities (bhutatmas). Bhutatmas are based RigVedic dual-aspect Adi- shivaprimal entities, Bohm?s Implicate Order, and fractional quantum Hall effect. This subquantum concept appears to integrate eastern and western perspectives related to reductive and non-reductive metaphysical views, physics, psychophysics and neuroscience related to consciousness.
Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality - Amazon.com interview with the author Charles T. Tart, 1998 - The world's most powerful (and negative) religion is Scientism, and you, dear reader, are a member of that church at least part of the time, whether you know it or not. A lot of (useless) conflict and suffering has occurred in our lives because of that. Scientism is what happens to essential science when there is a mental hardening of the arteries, when arrogance makes us think we know it all and automatically scoff at and dismiss anything that doesn't fit our supposedly scientific beliefs, our "ism." Scientism scoffs at and invalidates the entire spiritual nature of people and so causes great suffering, for when any real part of us is denied, we get psychologically sick.
Consciousness: An Introduction by Susan Blackmore. Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness? Or is consciousness itself just an illusion? The "last great mystery of science," consciousness was excluded from serious research for most of the last century but is now a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. This groundbreaking book is the first volume to bring together all the major theories of consciousness studies--from those rooted in traditional Western philosophy to those coming out of neuroscience, quantum theory, and Eastern philosophy. Broadly interdisciplinary, the book is divided into nine sections that examine such topics as how subjective experiences arise from objective brain processes, the basic neuroscience and neuropathology of consciousness, altered states of consciousness, mystical experiences and dreams, and the effects of drugs and meditation.
Consciousness and Reality Paavo Pylkkanen- Consciousness and our concept of reality.
Nature of Reality Peter Russell's essay presents the argument as to why the ultimate nature of reality is mental not material.
Aether: The Physicalists' God by Laurent R. Duchesne - How could God think or see with neither brains nor eyes? We are living in a time when uncertainty is widespread. A time when many are questioning current and mainstream dogma. Whether Christian or Muslim, Jewish or Hindu, many find no satisfaction, no fulfillment. World population is ripe for change, for re-focusing. Education needs to be re-directed at a worldwide scale. We need to focus more on Science and less on Religion. We need to toss away superstition and magic and stick to proven facts. There is no Universal Consciousness nor Mind, God can neither think nor see until it turns into brains with eyes. In this sense, we truly are God's servants. (However- Duchesne's hypothesis could also be taken to argue for the reality of Brahman, space as a conscious cosmic matrix, and Stapp's Copenhagen Interpretation that matter manifests only when a human observer collapses the wave function.)
Hyperaction through Hypercomprehension and Hyperdrive - Necessary complement to proliferation of hypermedia in hypersociety by Anthony Judge. This is an exploration of a necessary response to the proliferation of knowledge in various forms through hypermedia, beyond the many simple measures to limit exposure to it. The constraints on such a response are reviewed, notably the mortality of proponents of particular views and their theories, the variety of preferences, complacency and the misguided efforts to mobilize others in support of a particular perspective. Even more intriguing are the epistemological implications of a hyperdodecahedron, especially given recent suggestions for a dodecahedral cosmic topology of the universe A Cosmic Hall of Mirrors. This suggests the possibility of a "hyperdodecatheon" as a way of structuring the relationships between the perspectives of the many religions.
Faith in the Universe - Conversations with Cosmologists by Gordy Slack California Wild- California Academy of Sciences magazine (1998) ...top scientists from the fields of biology, computer science, physics, and cosmology convened in Berkeley to discuss the fit between the science and the faiths they practice. (co-interviewed by philosophy professor Philip Clayton) with physics professor Joel Primack, John Barrow, physicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, cosmologist John Wheeler, physicist Andrei Linde, astrophysicist Bruno Guiderdoni, physics professor Sandra Faber. See also- William Wootters, professor of physics at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Does the Universe Exist if We're Not Looking? John Wheeler (CD parts 123) Wheeler holds that not only human observers create reality but the impact of cosmic radiation on matter results in the realization of potential of quantum possibilities.
Cosmic Law: Patterns in the Universe Dean Brown and Wenden Wiegand. An online book extracted from the material in a course on consciousness and cosmology at the Philosophical Research Society in L.A. and later for the Holmes Institute. My graduate studies in physics and research in topology and quantum stability were much colored by my growing grasp of the Taoist and Vedic sutras. Later on as my world view developed, it gradually became clear that the fundamental structures of matter, the world of the mind, and the world of the abstract were identical and interwoven. There are indeed patterns in the universe, patterns that are truly invariant and they are surprisingly beautiful and simple.
Science and Spirituality by Sepp Hasslberger:
Index to several of his blogs expressing his principle: Spirituality and Religion are the counter-point to science, a complement without which Physics will not be able to achieve complete understanding of the Universe.
Science Frontiers the Unusual & Unexplained from the World's Scientific Journals.
Thinking Christian blog by Tom Gilson...Do we believe we hold the truth? No, the Truth holds us...Reflections by a true believer but who seems to have all his marbles together for a serious critique of Michael Shermer.
India Daily a chronology of popular sensationalist "technology" articles (from 2004) that feature pseudo-scientific claims providing de-facto support of Hindu metaphysical tradition.
Reality Carnival Sprott Physics extension of Cliff Pickover's compendium of links to websites interfacing physics with a vast collection of other epi- and non-phenomenon.
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