Expanding the Scope of Science

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David Lorimer introduces the Galileo Commission Report


The world today is dominated by science and by its underlying assumptions, which are seldom explicitly articulated. The Galileo Commission’s remit is to open public discourse and to find ways to expand science so that it can accommodate and explore important human experiences and questions that science, in its present form, is unable to integrate.

Following widespread consultation with 90 advisers representing 30 universities worldwide, we have published the Galileo Commission Report, written by Prof  Dr Harald Walach and entitled Beyond a Materialist Worldview – Towards an Expanded Science.  The report has been widely endorsed as a groundbreaking document and we encourage you to read it for yourself and spread the word among your professional network.  Summaries  of the argument are available in a number of languages.

Galileo Report

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The Feeling of Life Itself: Why Consciousness is Widespread but Can’t be Computer – Christof Koch

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An argument that consciousness, more widespread than previously assumed, is the feeling of being alive, not a type of computation or a clever hack.

In The Feeling of Life Itself, Christof Koch offers a straightforward definition of consciousness as any subjective experience, from the most mundane to the most exalted—the feeling of being alive.

Steven Minett reviews the book here.

Steve Minett’s review

‘Advice to my Younger Self’ – by Galileo Commission and Imaginal Inspirations

 A number of Galileo Commission Advisers, including Dr Anne Baring, Dr Larry Dossey, Prof Iain McGilchrist, Prof Jeffrey Kripal, Prof. Marilyn Monk, Prof. Kim Penberthy, Prof. Ravi Ravindra, among others, share their best piece of advice they would give their younger self – 10 minutes full of gems and wisdom for life!

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Imaginal Inspirations with David Lorimer – Kim Penberthy

Kim Penberthy is a professor of research in psychiatric medicine at the University of Virginia. Her key interests include consciousness and psychology at the end of life and research on how mindfulness can enhance the abilities and performance of humans. She is also a founding member of Be Wise, an organisation dedicated to promoting wisdom, compassion and mindfulness in medicine.

April 17th, 2021|Categories: Jennifer Penberthy, News|0 Comments

Researching Near-Death Experiences with Bruce Greyson

Bruce Greyson provides an overview of his half-century of investigation into NDEs. He describes his initial encounter with Raymond Moody as well as the creation of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. He examines the question of the evidentiality of NDEs for postmortem survival. He highlights some of the most interesting cases he has explored.

April 14th, 2021|Categories: Bruce Greyson, News|0 Comments

Rupert Sheldrake on the New Dawn Magazine

And that, ultimately, is the message of Science and Spiritual Practices – restore balance, heal yourself, help others, renew the world. Science relating to neuroplasticity and Sheldrake’s morphic resonance shows that our minds are malleable, even at the physical level. So-called ‘human nature’ appears more like a work in progress. This is not a road of no return; the future is what we make it. From timeless spiritual teachings to cutting-edge science, it is clear – or at least very strongly suggested – that everyone and everything is interconnected, interdependent, and from a single source. The implications of this are vast and cannot be ignored. When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.

April 7th, 2021|Categories: News, Rupert Sheldrake|0 Comments

Imaginal Inspirations with David Lorimer – Ravi Ravindra

Ravi Ravindra is a professor of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Physics. He is the author of many books, including The Spiritual Roots of Yoga, The Gospel of St John in light of Indian Mysticism, and The Yoga of the Christ. As an international speaker, he often illuminates the common ground between Eastern and Western religions.

April 3rd, 2021|Categories: David Lorimer, News, Ravi Ravindra|0 Comments
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