An Interview with Tim Freke – The Soul Crisis

Modern science describes the workings of the physical world, and religion tries to do the same for the spiritual world. But science has reached its limits in seeking to define the universe as simply a mindless machine governed by impersonal and random forces. Religion forgets that God — and our conception of this Being — must itself evolve with time. Thus, we must go beyond science and religion, and break free from these old ways of thinking, to find a new and brighter perspective on viewing the world we live in. These podcasts feature interviews with a wide range of leading thinkers from the fields...

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Insulter in Chief

The ability to engage in in-your-face, I’m-more-clever-than-you-are insults is a stage in growing up.  Some people are very good at this skill, using the tactic of putdowns to prop themselves up.  It is easy to gain friends and a following, for at least a short period, by showing how adept you are at insulting an opponent.  But we elect presidents to lead, not to demean the highest office in the land by parading their skills at insulting whoever may disagree with them.  We expect children to eventually grow up.  We expect presidents to lead by example....

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If You Are Not Part of the Future, Get Out of the Way

This line from John Mellencamp’s song, Peaceful World, crystalizes the problem with our current administation. One cannot change the world by going backward. Leadership means going forward into uncharted territory with integrity. It also means leading by example as if, as Kant might say, your vision would become the beacon for humankind. The future must drive toward clean energy, social causes, personal responsibility, hard, productive work, and finally peace. If a leader does not point us in this direction, then it’s best to get out of the way.  This is not wishful thinking it is the unlimited, free future pulling us inevitably forward....

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Dragonfly 44: What Dark Matter is Telling Us

The data shows that modern science is badly in need of a theory to replace what is known as “dark matter.”  This blog proposes a radical alternative to the theories making the rounds in physics.  But the approach presented here may only seem radical to some readers because the existing theory is radically wrong. So I invite comments comparing the theory presented here with the governing theory supported by orthodox science. According to modern science, an invisible form of matter, known as dark matter,  makes up 23% of the total matter in the universe.  Only 4% of the total mass, according to this view of...

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The Humor of Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic Magazine and columnist for Scientific American, represents the best and worst of modern science.  On the plus side, he writes well, typically picks interesting topics,  and gives me a lot material to write about.  On the negative, he displays the sort of overly-confident, “it is true because I said it is” attitude that is all too prevalent in modern science. One of his favorite topics, which he writes about in the October 2015 issue of Scientific American, is the distinction between science and pseudoscience.  This time he pokes fun at the Electric Universe conference at which he was recently asked...

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Time to Write the Obituary of the Particle-World

            According to modern physics everything is made up of atoms, which is to say particles. Our entire modern worldview, from space exploration to the Large Hadron Collider, and modern medicine, is premised on the notion that particles – electrons, neutrons, quarks, the Higgs boson, DNA, germs, viruses and cancer cells – are the ultimate constituents of the universe.  These particles, we imagine, exist out in the world, free-standing little things, with an existence independent of perception, independent of consciousness, independent of mind.             According to quantum theory, the leading scientific theory of the physical world, particles do not exist, except in our imagination.              Does...

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Changing Thought-Leaders: My Interview with Greg Moffit on Legalise Freedom

Scientific materialism — the form of science predicated upon the belief that dead matter is the ultimate reality — is slowly fading away.  My current thinking is that we believe in this worldview not because it is right, logical, or even plausible, but because the leading scientists all operate within a system of thought that assumes it is true.  Since science is the most authoritative intellectual discipline, we happily go along with the will of our thought leaders.  After all, who are we to question all of these professors and Nobel-prize winners? But it turns out that scientists do not believe in materialism because it is correct, but...

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Why Mathematics is Unreasonably Effective at Explaining the Physical World

In his famous article, The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics, physicist Eugene Wigner pondered how it is that mathematics is so effective at explaining the workings of the physical world.  This is the same topic of the recent NOVA special, The Great Math Mystery, which offers a very well-done and interesting account of how mathematics governs the universe from the smallest particles to the sweeping spiral galaxies of the heavens. The effectiveness of mathematics in mapping the workings of the universe, however, should also give pause to anyone who believes that materialism is the final word not only on how the world works, but on science itself....

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Our Strange World of Dark Matter

Chasing a failing worldview is like heading down a dead-end street: the signs that the street is coming to an end may be all around you, but bullheadedness keeps your foot firmly on the accelerator; after all, this is where everyone else is going.  But then the dead-end comes and, once again, you have this thought that perhaps you should have paid more attention to the warning signs.  Social and peer pressure are powerful forces, however, and it is a rare soul who challenges the march of the masses. This brings us to dark matter, which is thought to make up 83 percent of the matter in the universe. But dark matter...

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The New Natural Science

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, wrote that “For all men begin .  .  .  by wondering that things are as they are.” A central problem in achieving scientific respectability for the field of spirituality is the words we use to describe what we are talking about.  Science uses terms that describe hard, physical objects and forces; things we can touch, see, and measure: subatomic particles, cosmic rays, the electromagnetic force, gravity, neurons, and genes.  The field of spirituality or consciousness, however, has not yet come up with a word to describe itself that sounds scientific.  The word “spirituality” sounds religious, which is out-of-bounds for science.  “Consciousness” is better, but this term...

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