God as a Turtle

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I was reading an interesting article by Gerald R. Baron recently about the origin of the laws of nature. In it he relates an anecdote in the life of the psychologist William James. After a lecture he had given, a woman presented him with her cosmological viewpoint, that we live on a crust of earth, which is on the back of a giant turtle, which stands on the back of a larger turtle, which stands on another, and so on ad infinitum: “it’s turtles all the way down”. …

Quantum Physics and Spirituality — Part 3, Fred Alan Wolf

The Ongoing Battle Against Darwinism — Moving Towards a New Biology, Part 4

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In part 1, part 2, and part 3 I have tried to establish that Darwinian evolutionary theory is not really science, but is rather the atheistic philosophy of scientific materialism, inspired by hostility to religious ideas. It is certainly inadequate to be a full explanation of life as we know it. If one starts from the prior assumption of materialism/atheism, then natural selection becomes the best, perhaps the only, explanation for the evolution of life. If the basic assumption is false, however, then other possibilities can be…

The Ongoing Battle Against Darwinism — part 3, Darwin’s Bulldog

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This is the third article in a series intended to expose the flaws in Darwinian evolutionary theory, and work towards a new theory to replace it. In the first I argued that Darwinism is not science, rather atheism posing as science, using examples of various scientists who followed in Darwin’s footsteps. In the second I discussed Darwin’s own attitudes. Here I’ll briefly mention Thomas Huxley, otherwise known as Darwin’s Bulldog, in that he adopted the latter’s theory so passionately, and defended it ferociously.

We should perhaps not call him an…

Quantum Physics and Spirituality — Part 2, the History

Quantum Physics and Spirituality — Introduction

How Does Synchronicity Work? — Jung’s Unknown Woman, part 2

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In my previous article I discussed Jung’s famous example of synchronicity, a female patient of his and a scarab beetle. For convenience I’ll repeat it here:

“A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab. While she was telling me this dream I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window pane from outside. I…

Skeptical Scientists and the Paranormal — Part 3, Jung’s Unknown Woman

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This is the third in a brief series of articles about individuals grounded in the worldview of conventional science, but who undergo a conversion to an alternative following a paranormal experience. The first was the story of Brian O’Leary, who was a member of the astronaut programme during the 1960s. The second was psychotherapist Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer. I’ll now discuss an example that Carl Jung gives of a female client of his. It is the most famous example of what he calls synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence, and readers may…

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence — The UFO Question and Carl Sagan

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The first part of my title is a well known expression in scientific discussions. It was discussed in a recent Medium article by Gem Jackson who calls it the ‘Sagan Standard’ after the famous scientist, the late Carl Sagan, who coined it during the Cosmos TV series in 1980. Jackson describes it as “an essential tool for better thinking”, “a sensible rule, which lies at the heart of the scientific method, principles of legal proof and rational thought more generally. …

Buddhism — Soul, Self and No-Self

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This article discusses Buddhism in general, but specifically the Buddhist doctrine of no-self (anatta), in relation to the Hindu concept of Atman (or self), and the Western concept of the soul. The latter two are broadly equivalent. In the Chāndogya Upanishad the teacher explains to his pupil: “This finest essence — the whole universe has it as its Self: That is the Real: That is the Self: That you are, Śvetaketu”¹. This can be compared to the first chapter of Genesis, where humankind is made in the image or likeness of God. In both…

Graham Pemberton

I am a singer/songwriter interested in spirituality, politics, psychology, science, and their interrelationships. grahampemberton.com spiritualityinpolitics.com

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