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RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY:
NEW: Four articles describing the altered-states therapy (LSD or intensive breathing) of Stanislav Grof.
There is a series called A Reunification of Science and Religion. It is more appropriate to list it under Science, please see below.
The most recent post is Christianity and the Perennial Philosophy.
There is a series discussing the meaning of Genesis, chapter 1. Here is a link to the first, The Folly of Literalism, to the second, God In Genesis 1, to the third, The Nature of Light, and to the fourth, A Spiritual Interpretation. More will follow.
There is another series The Psychology of Atheism, which explores the work of the psychologist Paul C. Vitz. This is a link to the first post, which is an introduction, to the second which explores the life of Sigmund Freud and how it has affected his theories, to the third which is about Bertrand Russell, to the fourth which is about Albert Camus. and to the fifth which is about Marx, Nietzsche and Freud.
Another series is Poets Know Better Than Scientists, in which I argue that poets, especially the Romantics, have a better understanding of reality than materialist scientists. The first post quotes William Wordsworth, the second Robert Browning, and the third Samuel Taylor Coleridge. There is then a fourth, which quotes three poets expressing a spiritual perspective on nature.
There are four previous posts:
Why are People Anti-Religion? (some possible, fairly simple explanations)
Genius of the Modern World (a post critical of the BBC series of that name.)
The Truth of Mythology – the Problem of Literalism (an interpretation of a Babylonian cosmological myth)
Magic and Clairvoyance (inspired by a poem by Jack Preston King, a writer on Medium.com)
There is a new post about the SDP.
Earlier was a series of eight posts about Brexit, the British people’s decision to leave the European Union:
See also, Is the European Union Like the USSR?
and an article on Medium.com, A Brexiteer’s Update on Britain’s Never-ending Soul Search
SCIENCE: (there is a section specifically on EVOLUTION below.)
Two articles on The Reality of ESP. Part 1 is a general discussion, and Part 2 describes an example from my personal experience.
There is a series, A Reunification of Science and Religion. At the moment there is an introduction, click here, and a second post on the new-paradigm scientist Brian O’Leary.
The latest post is Consciousness and the Brain, a critique of materialist, neuroscientific thinking.
ALSO IN SCIENCE:
There is a series Time for a New Paradigm. At the moment there is an introduction, which I published on Medium.com on New Year’s Eve 2018, looking forward to a revolution in science. There is a second post Is the Universe Intelligent?
Continuing on this theme, there is a series on quantum physics, which is at the cutting edge of new-paradigm thinking. At the moment there is:
- Part One which examines the nature of matter,
- Part Two which has further observations,
- Part Three, a post on the idea of discontinuity in quantum physics,
- Part Four, a post which discusses, and rejects, the claim that there is very little new to discover in science.
- Part Five, Quantum Physics and the Ancient Greeks, moves on from earlier discussions of Plato to the thinking of Aristotle on these issues.
More posts and a separate section with posts on individual scientists will follow. The first of these is called Two Interesting Scientists, one who thinks atheism is a folly, and another who finds quantum physics compatible with spiritual thinking.
Is there a Liberal Conspiracy in Science? I discuss the figure of Sir John Maddox, a controversial editor of the journal Nature. The central idea is whether or not there is an Establishment in science which attempts to suppress any findings which challenge the materialist paradigm.
There is a series Poets Know Better Than Scientists, in which I argue that poets, especially the Romantics, have a better understanding of reality than materialist scientists. The first post quotes William Wordsworth, the second Robert Browning, and the third Samuel Taylor Coleridge. There is a fourth, where I quote three poets who subscribe to a spiritual perspective on nature, and a fifth which quotes the scholar Kathleen Raine, endorsing my theme.
NEW: There is a further post, called The Need for a New Romantic Revolution, which discusses the Romantic movement and the philosophy of animism, with specific reference to the poet Shelley.
The Misuse of the Word ‘Science’ – some reflections on the 2017 March for Science
Science and Superstition (discussing what counts as superstition)
In Defence of Magical Thinking (why reason is scientifically inadequate to understand the universe)
The Decline of Humanism (how the meaning of this term has changed since the Enlightenment)
The ‘Enlightenment – Where It Has Taken Us (reflections on the sad state of modern science)
The Case Against the Enlightenment (on the publication of Steven Pinker’s new book)
Richard Dawkins (some criticisms of this highly influential figure)
The Folly of Modern Neuroscience (how the worldview of modern science has led to some extraordinary conclusions about the nature of consciousness
Is the Self an Illusion? – part 2 (further material on that theme)
Alfred Russel Wallace (how this believer in Intelligent Design has been misrepresented) The BBC and Science (examples of the BBC presenting the worldview of modern scientific orthodoxy, while neglecting important information)
There is a series on Darwinism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design. At the moment there is:
a third which explores the consequences of the choice that science made by favouring Charles Darwin over Alfred Russel Wallace and Alexander von Humboldt, 1859 – a Crossroads in the History of Science.
a fourth which describes Just-so stories, a way in which Darwinians convince themselves of the truth of their theory.
DOUBTS ABOUT DARWINISM:
A series about specific topics. At the moment there is an introduction, called Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Creationism — or Something Else?
Creative Evolution, Part 4, which discusses the relevance to biology of the concept of fields in physics
Daniel Dennett (a critique of one of his outrageous statements, thus a history of opponents of Darwinism)
Daniel Dennett part 2 (further material relevant to the first post)
The Seductive Lure of Darwinism (examples of scientists, philosophers, and comedians who have become, in my view mistakenly, infatuated with the Darwinian theory of evolution)
A further post referring to scientists who have doubts about Darwinism, click here. This is therefore a follow-up to the earlier posts.
Also in the EVOLUTION section, there is a story about the Natural History Museum, which outlines its transformation from a science museum into a Temple to Darwinism.
There are two earlier posts, one which would come under the heading of philosophy:
The Ongoing Influence of Plato (some examples of Plato’s allegory of the cave down the ages)