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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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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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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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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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Philosophers Breaking Paradigms

Although few people study it any more, everyone has a philosophy. It could be a philosophy about the role of religion in your life, working hard, staying upbeat, or not caring about anything. Although science today is viewed as the dominant source of authority, science itself was born in philosophy, and it might be helpful to re-examine what philosophy means and how we can all use a little more of it in our lives. On this installment of Conversations Beyond Science and Religion,  I talk with internationally-known natural philosopher, Mark Ballabon, author of Courting the Future: Preparing for a Different World, and Why is the Human...

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One World, One Life

There is one world.  We have one life.  We have one chance to get it right.  Read more of my contribution to Inspire me Today....

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