Consciousness

Evolution: An Enlightened Perspective

By John White

Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind,” said Albert Einstein. Can science, which attributes human origin to evolution, and religion, which attributes human origin to special creation, ever agree on the subject of humanity’s genesis? They can if they recognize a transcendent perspective, which reconciles them. It is found in many enlightenment traditions. Human evolution is characterized primarily by our ascent in consciousness to ever-greater degrees of intelligence and noetic power. Cro-Magnon, for instance, are distinguished from Neanderthal not so much by…

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The Goldilocks Hypothesis

By Patrick Marsolek

Humans have a desire to know the nature of our reality. For millennia, we have created myths to explain the universe and our place in it. For the last several hundred years, the nature of this great story has shifted. Mainstream science, which carries a belief of the primacy of matter and the lack of meaning, has taken the place of older meaning-centered stories where humans have a purposeful place. So we have found ourselves with great understanding of our physical universe, with less of…

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George Washington and the Hand of God

By John White

George Washington was indispensible to the American Revolution and to the first years of our fledgling republic. Instance after instance has been reported of what was widely recognized as divine intervention to protect him for a purpose. In a letter to his wife Martha, written after the Continental Congress selected him to lead the Continental Army, Washington said, “I shall rely, therefore, confidently on that Providence which has heretofore preserved and been bountiful to me, not doubting but that I shall return safe to you…”…

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The Trouble with Terror Management Theory

By Patrick Marsolek

How often do you think about dying? How do you respond when you see someone close to you die or have a close brush with death? Does thinking about death motivate you to do the things that are important to you? Many social psychologists suggest that the fear of death creates an unconscious terror that drives whole cultures. Terror Management Theory (TMT) proposes that awareness of the finality and inevitability of death causes us to create many different meaningful structures in our lives in order…

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Love, Death & the Meaning of Life

By Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Almost 100 years have passed since the complete mathematical formulation of quantum physics. It has been verified by myriad experiments and its concepts have been successfully applied in many technologies. Indeed, we have begun to use the word “quantum” in our daily discourse—often without fully understanding its deeper meaning. And yet, despite its effective integration into our society, the quantum worldview has still not been fully accepted by the scientific community, which continues to espouse and defend the archaic Newtonian worldview. Consequently, the full implications…

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Approaching the Quantum Leap

BY P.M.H. ATWATER

Are the children of today unlike any other generation of record? Research statisticians like William Strauss and Neil Howe in their book, Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation, have categorized those born since around 1982 as “Millennials”—the media calls them “Generation Y”—and comment how similar in temperament they are to the Baby Boomer Generation (1943-1960) and the G.I. Joes (1901-1924). Another book, The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, based on channeled messages via Carroll, puzzles over why…

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Dance of the Shaman

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

As many readers who are familiar with my work surely realize, in many ways I straddle a couple of different communities—indeed, different worlds. I am a trained and “card-carrying” academic. I earned a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics at Yale University and I am currently a full-time, tenured faculty member at Boston University. Yet, I take a deep and serious interest in various topics that the majority of my fellow academics find, to put it mildly, loathsome. I have challenged mainstream status-quo dogma and studied…

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The Lucid Dream Experience

By Patrick Marsolek

You’re sitting on the patio of a coffee shop drinking tea and talking with a friend. You see cars driving by. You can hear the chatter of other people’s conversations and enjoy the fragrant taste of your tea. A police car drives by with flashing red lights and sirens wailing. You think to yourself, “What an annoying sound.” Your friend says, almost simultaneously, “That was annoying.” Your friend’s words sound like they came from your own mind. You pause for a moment, and have a…

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