Mainstream science generally adheres to the metaphysical assumption of “materialism”, the claim that matter is the only reality and that anything nonphysical is not real. However, that assumption is false. Indeed, the shift from materialist science to postmaterialist science may be of vital importance to the evolution of the human civilization. It may be even more pivotal than the transition from geocentrism to heliocentrism. This anthology will feature pioneers who are leading the way toward a new postmaterialist paradigm. Read more about the Manifesto for a Postmaterialist Science.
The Eternal Law is a powerful integration of science, philosophy, and spirituality. Its roots are ancient, while its unique interdisciplinary vision is foundational to the new emerging consciousness. Is there an eternal mathematical law underpinning all of physical reality? How does it depend on higher metaphysical ideas, such as beauty, symmetry, simplicity, and unity? Is truth objective? Why were many of the key founders of modern science inevitably drawn to ancient Greek philosophy? The extraordinary clarity of The Eternal Law helps to restore a sane vision of reality, while deepening our appreciation of what Einstein called ‘the mysterious’.
I am co-editing this forthcoming anthology with Andrea Blackie, CEO of Param Media, as well as contributing a chapter. It will be published in 2015, and has an extraordinarily diverse list of contributors.
What is reason? What is intuition? How are they interconnected, and how can they be balanced to maximize your chances for optimal success? The Beacon of Mind offers profound insights into these and other related questions from a deeply diverse group of pioneering contributors. From ancient philosophers and mystics to modern day scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs, this thought-provoking yet accessible anthology is a vital companion to anyone seeking to make significant breakthroughs in any area of their life.
I have written an article entitled ‘Science, Logic, & Spirituality: The Revival of Ancient Philosophy’ for the October edition of Science to Sage e-magazine. This edition also features contributions by Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock, Dr. Larry Dossey, Russell Targ, Josh Pitcher, Marc Juncker, Sterling D. Allan, Lyman Whitaker, Anthony Morris, and Jon DePew.
Science to Sage advances progressive ideas in the fields of science, spirituality, philosophy, art, and ancient wisdom, featuring leading-edge scientists, independent researchers, innovative thinkers, philosophers, and artists who have a more holistic perspective.
I have written the Foreword to this anthology, edited by Dr. Michael Chase, Dr. Stephen R. L. Clark, and Dr. Michael McGhee.
This unique collection of essays on the late Pierre Hadot’s revolutionary approach to studying and practising philosophy traces the links between his work and that of thinkers from Wittgenstein to the French postmodernists. It shows how his secular spiritual exercises expand our horizons, enabling us to be in a fuller, more authentic way.
My paper is called “Are you a Platonist?”, which is Chapter 1 in this anthology, edited by Linda H. Woodward
The Prometheus Trust, a registered charity, seeks to encourage true philosophy – the love of wisdom. This philosophy, wrote Thomas Taylor, “may be compared to a luminous pyramid, terminating in Deity, and having for its basis the rational soul of man and its spontaneous unperverted conceptions.” It is a path open to all men and women who seek those living truths which are so marked by stability, creative power and perfective energy – truths whose beauty is so attractive to the human soul.
The Trust strongly affirms the idea that the whole universe is a divine drama, and that each individual soul is a part of this joyful play
In the Journal of Critical Realism, Volume 6, Number 1 / 2007 (now published by Acumen; previously published by Equinox), I contributed a paper called “Defending Realism: Reflections on Karl Rogers’s Metaphysics of Experimental Physics”.
The main goal of this paper is to argue against Karl Rogers’s attacks on realism in physics. Rogers argues that electrons do not exist independently of the relevant socio-technological process, but I show that such an assumption would make our best scientific theories incomprehensible. While the paper supports Rogers’s attempts to refute positivism, it demonstrates that his own position is positivistic, and it corrects his overemphasis on the roles of technology and the experimenter. Rogers assumes that the founders of modern science were simply mechanists (materialists), but I show how they were actually Platonic realists. Contrary to Rogers, realist faith in the fundamental unifying power of the laws of physics is shown to be reasonable, and any denial of this belief would imply that science is impossible
In 2006 I was awarded first prize in a university-wide essay contest for Postgraduate (PhD) students at the University of Liverpool on the topic of the usefulness of the scientific worldview. Here is the list of judges, as well as their positions at the time: Professor Clive Edwards, Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research for Science; Dr. Simon Hailwood, Lecturer in Philosophy; Dr. Graham Kemp, Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research for Medicine; and Professor Henry Wu, Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research for Engineering.
I did not publish this brief (1500-word) paper; however, it provides a very simple introduction to a few of the topics explored in The Eternal Law, including some of the social implications, and so I have provided it in PDF format here.