Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: The Power of an Open Mind

May 9, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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It’s hard to argue with the value of an open mind. It’s also hard to argue that many people have one. The problem seems to be that modern life feeds us with so many stereotypes, beliefs, labels, prejudices, and biases with which to categorize our world that we stop thinking “like a child” and more like someone “set in their ways.” Pigeonholing saves time in a hectic world. On this show, Tim Boyd, President of the Theosophical Society, joins host Philip Mereton in a discussion of how open-mindedness is something that not only advances our appreciation for the variety of life, but may also lead us to understand better our true inner nature. Also, in a Something More episode, Philip talks with co-director, Robin Beck of Kima Publishers out of South Africa, about dramatic changes occurring in the publishing world and how his 20-year business continues to prosper.

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Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: The Meaning of Life

May 1, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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What is the meaning of life? Of all Big Questions, this one may be at once the biggest, and the most befuddling. But can we proceed through life without at some point confronting the question? And, more importantly, does the question have an answer? On this show, Professor Jay Garfield of Smith College and the University of Melbourne (among other institutions), and lecturer for the Teaching Company’s course, The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions, joins host Philip Mereton in an invigorating discussion of different ways to approach this perennial question, and how we might learn from some of history’s great thinkers to find the meaning in our own lives.

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Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: Is Religion More Natural than Science?

April 25, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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Science deals with the natural world; religion rests upon the supernatural. Science is empirical, methodical, and self-critical; religion deals with a truth revealed by God, and hence beyond questioning. But some cognitive researchers are finding that religion is in fact more natural than science; it comes fast and easy, and does not have to be taught or experienced. Science, meanwhile, is slow, hard, and time-consuming; it deals with things and ideas far removed from everyday life. The naturalness of religion means that despite all the advances of science, it may never go away. On this show, Dr. Robert McCauley, the Director of Mind, Brain, and Culture at Emory University, and author of the New Scientist article, “Natural Religion, Unnatural Science,” and the new book, Why Religion is Natural and Science Unnatural, joins host, Philip Mereton, in an engaging conversation about what brain research is telling us about the sustained power of religion in our scientific world.

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Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: Creative Evolution

April 18, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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According to Darwinians, evolution is a random, directionless process without purpose or goal; if it looks creative, it is only by accident. On the other side of the spectrum, the intelligent design movement believes that the only explanation for the order in the living world is God. But are these two viewpoints — Darwinism and intelligent design — the only choices? Might there be a way to explain the evolution of life in a manner that transcends both Darwin and intelligent design? On this show, Dr. Amit Goswami, the author of Creative Evolution, The Self-Aware Universe, The Visionary Window, and many other cutting-edge books, joins host Philip Mereton in a discussion of the weaknesses of both Darwinism and intelligent design, and why we need to find a new way to account for creative evolution. Also on this show is the first installment of Something More, where Philip Mereton talks with Theodore Poulis, the publisher of Dream River Press, about why he entered the publishing world and the new titles his company is offering.

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Tags: amit goswami, creative evolution, darwin, darwinism, evolution, intelligent design, theodore poulis

Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: Is a Worldview Revolution on the Horizon?

April 11, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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Some people observe and critique; others act. Quantum theory, and the indisputable connection between consciousness and reality, continue to drive thinkers toward a new worldview. Among those leading this movement is former physics professor and author of The Self Aware Universe and the new book, How Quantum Activisim Can Save Civilization, Dr. Amit Goswami. Going where others fear to tread, Dr. Goswami has mounted a sustained attack against scientific materialism while advancing a new worldview based upon the consciousness-first paradigm suggested by quantum theory. Listen in as Dr. Goswami and host Philip Mereton engage in an unprecedented conversation as they consider the theory and actions that may form the basis for a new worldview.

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Tags: consciousness and reality, Dr. Amit Goswami, How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization, Philip Mereton, quantum theory, The Self Aware Universe

Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: How to Reach Nirvana

April 4, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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Buddhism is the religion for everyone, and is practiced by people as diverse as Jennifer Lopez and the Dalai Lama. Its principles, from karma and reincarnation to the eightfold path and nirvana, permeate modern culture, though perhaps not in the way the Buddha intended. On this show, former Buddhist monk and author of The Meditative Path, John Cianciosi, joins host Philip Mereton in an enlightening conversation about the way of the Buddha and how we all have the chance to reach our own nirvana.

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Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: The Bible and Science Revisited

March 28, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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The matter-only worldview of modern science has no place for the God of the Bible. But the scientific worldview is itself filled with unsolved mysteries, such as the creation of matter, dark matter, the laws of nature, and the origin of life. Other events, such as those involving the paranormal, have no place in the scientific worldview because science has no theory to account for them. Meanwhile, 90% of U.S. citizens believe in God, and the Bible remains far and away the best-selling book of all time. Is there something in the Bible that might provide the missing piece to the scientific puzzle? Thomas Fusco, the author of Behind the Cosmic Veil: A New Vision of Reality Merging Science, The Spiritual and the Supernatural, joins host Philip Mereton in a no-holds barred conversation that examines the gaps in our current science worldview, and how revisiting our spiritual foundations might lead us to the answer after all.

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Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: The Reality of ESP Through the Eyes of a Scientist

March 21, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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It is commonly believed that modern science has no place for the paranormal in its world picture. As Nobel prize-winning physicist, Stephen Weinberg, writes, “what possible physical signal from our brains could move distant objects and yet have no effect on any scientific instruments?” But others believe that the evidence for the paranormal is as strong, if not stronger, than the evidence for certain theories of modern science, such as string theory and dark matter. One of the leading researchers of the paranormal, and in particular, remote viewing (or clairvoyance), is physicist, Russell Targ, who was a pioneer in the development of the laser and co-founder of the CIA-sponsored Stanford Research Institute’s investigation into psychic abilities. Mr. Targ has helped find a downed Russian bomber in Africa, report on the health of the American hostages in Iran, and even locate the whereabouts of Patricia Hearst during her famous kidnapping in the 1970′s. With the evidence in favor of ESP now all but irrefutable, perhaps the current scientific worldview will need to change to incorporate this hidden power. Join host Philip Mereton as he engages Russell Targ in a conversation about the innate psychic ability we have yet fully to utilize.

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Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: Science’s Dirty Secret Revealed: It Fudges the Math to Explain the World

March 14, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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We rely upon the leaders of modern science to tell us the truth, particularly when the subject is the nature of the very world we live in. But it is well known that modern physicists apply a gigantic fudge factor to the equations underlying their theories of the physical world. Data fudging didn’t work out too well for certain proponents of global warming. Why is no one talking about this fudging that is occurring on a much grander scale? Dr. Chris Oakley, who was driven out of the physics community for voicing objections to the fudging problem, joins host Philip Mereton from the U.K. in a conversation about why physicists resort to mathematical contrivances to explain the world, and what it means for the future of science.

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Conversations Beyond Science and Religion: Lessons on the Path of Dzar

March 7, 2012 | None Yet - Post a Comment

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Certain people throughout history have claimed to channel spirits or to echo the voice of a higher being. On this show, host, Philip Mereton, interviews three beings from Melbourne, Australia: Mary O’Brien and her husband, Gary O’Brien, who is the channel for the third guest, known as Dzar, a set of compassionate beings from All that Is. Rarely does a radio host have the opportunity to interview the channeled spirit itself. Join us for a truly unique conversation, as you may be surprised to learn about the words of higher wisdom available now on the path of Dzar.

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