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The increase of contemporary technology has introduced with it expanding attractiveness between highbrow elites of a worldview that conflicts sharply either with daily human event and with ideals commonly shared one of the world’s nice cultural traditions. so much modern scientists and philosophers think that truth is at backside merely actual, and that humans are not anything greater than super advanced organic machines. On such perspectives our daily studies of awake decision-making, unfastened will, and the self are illusory by-products of the grinding of our neural equipment. It follows that brain and character are inevitably extinguished at dying, and that there exists no deeper transpersonal or religious fact of any sort.

Beyond Physicalism is the fabricated from an strange fellowship of scientists and arts students who dispute those perspectives. of their past booklet, Irreducible brain, they argued that physicalism can't accommodate quite a few well-evidenced empirical phenomena together with paranormal or psi phenomena, postmortem survival, and mystical stories. during this new theory-oriented spouse quantity they cross extra by means of trying to know how the realm needs to be constituted so that those “rogue” phenomena can happen. Drawing upon empirical technological know-how, metaphysical philosophy, and the magical traditions, the authors paintings towards a much better “big picture” of the final personality of fact, one that strongly overlaps territory characteristically occupied by means of the world’s institutional religions, and which makes an attempt to reconcile technological know-how and spirituality through discovering a center direction among the polarized fundamentalisms, non secular and medical, that experience ruled contemporary public discourse.

Contributions through: Harald Atmanspacher, Loriliai Biernacki, Bernard Carr, Wolfgang Fach, Michael Grosso, Michael Murphy, David E. Presti, Gregory Shaw, Henry P. Stapp, Eric M. Weiss, and Ian Whicher

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Buddhism was not only marginalized, but was slowly recast more in line with the previously dominant religious paradigm, and absorbed into the mainstream. Buddha is today seen in India as an incarnation of Vishnu, sent to earth to teach good Hindus to cease animal sacrifice and to become vegetarians. Even today Buddhist teachings are often cast in a terminology originally Hindu: primordial perfection, non-dual awareness, inherently awakened inner nature. So what are the key features of this more ancient, more organic spirituality taught by the Buddha in his lifetime?

If we do not feed the fires, they will surely go out. For they are ultimately unsustainable.

15 The solution to so many of our problems is very close at hand. Look within, reach within, and turn down the thermostat just a degree or two— every moment. If we do not feed the fires, they will surely go out. For they are ultimately unsustainable.

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