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.

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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.

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‘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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Near-Death Experiences- Dealing with Skepticism (IANDS)

How do near-death experience researchers and people who have had NDEs or similar transformative experience handle skeptics? This panel of experiencers and researchers discusses materialistic skeptics and how to handle this contrary perspective. Panelists include Dr. Eben Alexander, MD; Neal Grossman, PhD; Stephan Schwartz, and Marjorie Woollacott, PhD. The moderator is Janice Miner Holden, EdD, a leading near-death and transpersonal experience researcher, president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and editor of the "Journal of Near-Death Studies".

March 24th, 2021|Categories: Eben Alexander, Neal Grossman, News, Pim van Lommel, Stephan Schwartz|0 Comments

Imaginal Inspirations with David Lorimer – Marilyn Monk

Marilyn Monk is a molecular biologist. Studies include the mechanisms of replication and repair of DNA, cell signalling and intercellular communication, regulation of gene expression in development, deprogramming and formation of totipotent stem cells and transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. She also has a longstanding interest in philosophy, psychology, religion and spirituality and is qualified as a Psychosynthesis Counsellor and Alexander Technique Teacher.

March 20th, 2021|Categories: David Lorimer, Marilyn Monk, News|0 Comments

Why there’s no such thing as objective reality | Greg Anderson

In the grand scheme of history, modern reality is a bizarre exception when compared to the worlds of ancient, precolonial and Indigenous civilizations, where myths ruled and gods roamed, says historian Greg Anderson. So why do Westerners today think they're right about reality and everybody else is wrong? Anderson tears into the fabric of objective reality to reveal the many universes that lie beyond -- and encourages a healthy reimagining of what other possible ways of being human could look like.

March 17th, 2021|Categories: News|0 Comments

Rupert Sheldrake’s “heretical” hypothesis turns 40

The history of science is peppered with “heretics.” Galileo is a classic example, as Maddox pointed out, apparently blind to the irony. The physicist David Bohm–who was sympathetic to Sheldrake's proposal–is another: the man Einstein called his “spiritual son,” and whose ideas so perturbed Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb,” that he remarked “if we cannot disprove Bohm, then we must agree to ignore him”. A recent case is the astronomer Avi Loeb, a professor of science at Harvard, whose openness to entertaining evidence of extraterrestrial intelligent life has become a subject of bad‐tempered dispute. Some heretics turn out to be right, others do not. The jury is still out on Sheldrake, Bohm and Loeb.

March 13th, 2021|Categories: 2021, Essay, News, Rupert Sheldrake|0 Comments

Deep Reality – Matzke & Tiller

The deep reality explored by this book combines these two ideas (QC + AI) in a conversational style between two world renowned PhD scientists. We propose that our quantum minds exist independently of and interact with our individual brains. We support this model by reviewing the research where people have directly interacted with other quantum and probabilistic systems.

March 10th, 2021|Categories: Book/Book Chapter, News|0 Comments
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