Beyond science and religion, there is more to the story of life and the cosmos.
We’ll tackle the big questions of why we are here and where the world may be heading. From theologians and scientists to those in the school of New Thought, we’ll address the individual circumstances that led to the formation of their theories and views. Challenging common beliefs and scientific findings, host Philip Mereton talks with experts and authors to find a new worldview of hope.
Beyond a Materialist Worldview
As the case against materialism builds, the credentials of the opponents to this pessimistic view of the world continue to increase. This show's guest, Dr. Harald Walach, holds a double Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, and History and Theory of Science. He is currently a professor with Poznan Medical University in Poznan, Poland, and author of more than 170 peer reviewed papers, 14 books, and 100 book chapters. He is also the main author of a special report issued by the Galileo Commission, entitled, Beyond a Materialistic Worldview: Towards an Expanded Science. As Dr. Walach writes, the purpose of this enterprise is to "find ways to expand the scope of science so that it is no longer constrained by an outmoded view of matter and physical reality, and can explore and accommodate significant human experiences, especially evidence indicating that consciousness may go beyond the brain." Indeed. As Philip and Dr. Walach discuss on this show, eventually the tipping point will be reached and materialism, the doctrine that the world consists only of impersonal particles and forces, with no purpose, meaning, or goal, will pass away into history.
Reconnecting to the Source
The Source with a capital S is a neutral, "new age" term referring to the ground of Being. But it has a richer meaning than the Big Bang of modern cosmology or Darwin's primordial swamp out of which life supposedly arose. This Source organizes life, gives it coherence, and injects it with meaning. If all things came from the Source, then it would seem helpful if we "went home" and reconnected with it. In fact, this might be the source of what we know as a religious experience. In his forthcoming book, Reconnecting to the Source: The New Science of Spiritual Experience, How it Can Change You, and How it Can Transform the World, Ervin Laszlo, twice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, author of 90 books, and a pioneer of the "new age," presents the case for why we must move to a new paradigm the goes beyond science's current confining materialistic perspective. In this show, Philip explores Dr. Laszlo's half-century quest to understand the world and what we are doing here.
Michael Behe: Darwin Devolves
Along with Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin is one of the two leading scientists in our modern era. The topic of evolution dominates biology and has permeated our thinking far beyond Darwin's original conception of the subject. To believe in evolution is tantamount to being considered a civilized human being. But a major problem presents itself: how many people actually understand what Darwin said or what natural selection means? How many people realize that according to modern Darwinians, such as Richard Dawkins, the entire living world arose through the mindless selection of random mutations? Can a world with such obvious signs of design have arisen without a designer? On today's show, Philip interviews Professor Michael Behe, the author of the best-selling book, Darwin's Black Box and the new book, Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution. These science books raise a difficult question for the Darwinian model: random, directionless mutations are much more likely to destroy a living organism than create a new one. If so, then how did random mutations create the living world? Listen in for the answer to this question.
Are Near Death Experiences Real?
Perhaps no other-worldly phenomenon captures the mind more than near-death experiences. We are all born with an innate hope that there is something beyond this physical world, and near-death experiences give us a glimpse that these hopes are real. This show's guest P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D., had two near death experiences when young. 40 years and 18 books later, P.M.H. is one of the world leading authorities on this rich and fascinating topic. Are NDEs real? Listening to P.M.H., there appears to be only one answer to that question.
Bernardo Kastrup: Dreaming Reality
The notion that we live in a hardened, physical material world, separated from mind, is ingrained into our consciousness. It is a such a common thought that as some have said, to accept the independence of the material world is a test of sanity. But it turns out that the question is not that straightforward after all. And importantly, in our modern, free-thinking culture, the question is no longer off-limits. Among the enigmas that bring the topic front and center, is the so-called hard problem of consciousness; this is the problem of explaining how something as ephemeral and quality-rich as consciousness arose from the gray matter of the brain. The problem is so intractable, in fact, that it shifts us to think that maybe we have the picture upside down: perhaps consciousness is at the source of the physical world. This radical-sounding thought, however, is not new but has its source in the original writings of ancient Indian and Greek thinkers, among many other cultures. Today, a number of writers are updating these ideas to confront the dominant materialistic paradigm, which holds that all that exists is matter in motion. Among the leaders of this new movement is this week's guest, Dutch writer, Bernado Kastrup, author of a number of books in this area, including Dreamed-up Reality and The Idea of the World, that challenge the materialistic paradigm. Prepare for a mind-opening conversation.
The Physics of God
Is science really a religion? Is religion a science? Modern science itself is based upon a set of unquestioned beliefs, such as the origins of matter, life, and consciousness. We take the scientific theories about the origins of these phenomena as true, whether we understand the explanations or not. Meanwhile, religious experiences, such as near-death experiences, have a lot in common; similarly situated people seem to have repeatable experiences. That sounds a little like science. In this new book, The Physics of God: Unifying Quantum Physics, Consciousness, M-Theory, Heaven, Neuroscience and Transcendence, this week's guest, Joseph Selbie, builds a persuasive case that science and religion, as currently interpreted, each have logical flaws, which means of course that it is time to go beyond science and religion.