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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Parallels between the God Particle and the Hard Problem of Consciousness

The cover of the new issue of New Scientist highlights the improvements made to the Large Hadron Collider in Europe, not only the world’s most advanced atom-smasher, but the most sophisticated piece of technology ever built by humankind.  The cover says, “Forget the Higgs, Now we’re searching for the root of reality.”  Meanwhile, at the other  end of the scientific spectrum, neuroscientists remain lost in the quagmire of solving the so-called hard problem of consciousness, which, according to David Chalmers is “the question of how physical processes in the brain give rise to subjective experiences.” So with the Large Hadron Collider, the question is whether physicists will...

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UFOs as a Commentary on a Divided Worldview

Probably no topic so divides science and the “new age” as UFOs.  A recent column in Astronomy Magazine entitled, “Let’s cut the UFO crap,” makes the point that it is only naivete about the cosmic distant scale than allows people to believe in UFO’s.   This is a powerful argument when one considers distant scales.  The closest star to the Earth other than the sun is Alpha Centauri, which 4.37 light years — or over 25 trillion miles away.   An extremely fast spacecraft traveling at 100,000 mph    (the record for a manned spacecraft is just under 40,000 mph)  would take about 28,000 years to...

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Michael Shermer and 360 Degrees of Skepticism

Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic Magazine, the author of many popular science books, and a regular columnist in Scientific American.  In his book, The Believing Brain, he tries to explain how the common person comes to believe in strange things, such as God, miracles, Heaven, the survival of the soul after death, and psychic phenomena.   According to Shermer, “reality exists independent of human minds, but our understanding of it depends upon the beliefs we hold. ”  (Believing Brain, 5).  In a tell-tale sign of his materialistic tendencies, he criticizes claims of psychic phenomena by stating that “until psi proponents can explain how thoughts...

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Synchronicities, Large and Small

A synchronicity is a rare coincidence that suggests “something is up.”  We all have them and it is fun to record them as they happen and then to go back and see if they seem as strange as when they first occurred.  For example, I was researching regulations at Lake Carroll, Illinois on whether boat lifts were allowed in docking areas.  That evening I received an email from a work colleague entitled, “The Boatlifters: The Story of 9-11.”  I was reading the book, His Excellency, by Joseph Ellis and came across the word, “ukase,” which I had never seen before.  The next day, the word...

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A World Mind in Conflict

If we want to find the source for what ails the human mind — and by that I mean the world at large — it is that our mind, on the most fundamental level, is deeply in conflict.   Finding the source for an ailment is the key to curing it, whether the ailment is a sore from a splinter or a world-mind in conflict. The conflict is that we are living precariously balanced between two incompatible worldviews: the world as machine and the world as  spirit.  And science, the leading architect of our worldview, knows the world-as-machine model is wrong, but it is not quite ready...

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Google’s Wasted Bet on Anti-Aging Treatment

A forewarning: This blog will advance a radical position, by which I mean a position that is a lot different than the one currently in vogue in mainstream science.  But as Einstein so famously said, we cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that created it.  So this blog approaches the topic of aging from a different level of consciousness.  Let’s see what happens.   Google is one of the world’s most successful, admired, and richest companies.  But its investment in traditional pharmaceutical treatments to slow down the aging process shows that wisdom in technology does not always translate into wisdom in...

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Dr. Joe Dispenza: You are the Placebo

The wall between spirit and matter, mind and body, is collapsing. This may be the key finding of the new age of thinking that just now is gaining momentum. Perhaps nothing better highlights this development than the “powerful placebo,” fake drugs and medical treatments that nevertheless cause real physical improvements in the body. But how is this possible unless there is a link between mind and body? In this latest installment of my radio show, Conversations Beyond Science and Religion, best-selling author and internationally known speaker, Dr. Joe Dispenza, talks about his new book, You are the Placebo, in which he takes the findings of...

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Scientists Discover the Universe is a Hologram, but Misplace the Projecting Source

A hologram is an illusory three-dimensional image formed by the interference of laser beams.  The key feature of a hologram is that it is an illusion; the thing depicted as occupying three-dimensional space is not solid or “real,” but it has the appearance of being real.  Scientific American provides a helpful short video of the concept here. As strange as it may sound, the notion that the entire Universe is Really a Hologram seems to be picking up steam in the scientific community.    In an August 2003 article in Scientific American,  Jacob Bekenstein, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, writes “our universe,...

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Is a New Age Coming?

The term, “new age,” has come to stand for a hodgepodge of ideas without scientific legitimacy. And at times the criticism seems justified. It is not easy to see how one proves the truth of such things as magical healing crystals, UFOs, or astrology. On the other hand, it might not be wise to dismiss out-of-hand everything labeled “new age.” A prejudice for or against an idea is still a prejudice. On this installment of Conversations Beyond Science and Religion, I interview Dick Larson, a student of the Ageless Wisdom Teachings and the Ascended Masters, about how a real new age — offering hope for personal...

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