For the first time, an author with peer-reviewed published work in neuroscience, comparative religion, theoretical biology and many facets of cognitive science takes on the Big Issues of science and religion, as well as the current paralysis in real innovation. Seán Ó Nualláin’s latest book, One Magisterium, is here reviewed by the eminent scientist and thinker, Stuart Kauffman.
Taking his inspiration from Bartok’s ballet suite, The Miraculous Mandarin, artist, poet and writer, John Moat, transforms the story into a contemporary articulation of the alchemical Mercurius – who redeems fallen Adam.
How can you define consciousness? In his article, F David Peat looks to art and music for answers and explores how consciousness may not limited to the mind, but the physicality of the entire body. Drawing on the personal experiences from artists and musicians such as Anish Kapoor and Michael Tippet to the physicist David Bohm, he explores how the creative process resembles an alchemical cycle whereby creative ‘gold’ is generated from the mind and the body.
Does self-organisation pose a threat to theology? Or is God the facilitator of a complex world? And is there a role for thought experiments in religion? Niels Henrik Gregerson, Professor of Systematic Theology at University of Copenhagen, discusses religion’s place in a scientific world and how both science and religion could benefit from a combined approach.
In our contemporary neurobiology and much of the philosophy of mind post Descartes we are classical physics machines and either mindless, or mind is at best epiphenomenal and can have no consequences for the physical world. In this article, renowned scientist and thinker, Stuart Kauffman, discuss a large, interwoven set of topics. Much of what he says is highly speculative, some is testable, some is, at present, surely not. It is, he hopes, useful, to set these ideas forth for our consideration.
B. Alan Wallace, lecturer, scholar, writer, translator and the president and founder of The Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, discusses how the contemplative methods of Buddhism and the scientific methods of enquiry need to come together in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the mind and consciousness.
“Rather than rely on our raw natural thinking processes, we can utilize disciplined and controlled thinking styles and tools that channel our thinking processes for enhancing creative thought”. Murray Hunter discusses creativity as an undervalued skill that anyone can cultivate, one that crosses disciplines.
Experimental philosophy is an emerging field of philosophical inquiry that makes use of empirical data—often gathered through surveys which probe the intuitions of ordinary people—in order to inform research on philosophical questions. In this exclusive interview Joshua Knobe discusses this new and exciting philosophy, its scope and its limits, and whether or not it is an elephant.
The word ‘sacred’ is not a word that has been used within modern science. In this exclusive interview, Stuart Kauffman discusses how our scientific understanding of complexity and emergence has “Reinvented the Sacred”.
Cognitive scientists hypothesize that our ability to imagine is the result of something called a “mental workplace,” a neural network that coordinates activity across multiple regions of the brain.
Discussing his latest research, neuroscientist Alex Schlegel explores this in its relation to consciousness and the future of ‘fathoming the mind’.