December 14, 2017

Why and how Puruṣa can experience but not Prakṛti?

Chapter 2 Antinomies of Pure Sexuation
pp. 51-86
The properly philosophical outcome of chapter 1 is that everything turns around the passage from Kant to Hegel. In the predominant perception, Kant is supposed to openly admit the failure of general ontology which aims at grasping the Whole of reality: when our mind tries to do this, it inevitably gets involved in antinomies; Hegel then closes this gap, reinterpreting antinomies as contradictions whose dialectical movement enables us to grasp the Whole of reality, i.e., the return to precritical general ontology.... But what if the actual situation is quite different? True, Kant admits antinomies, but...

Chapter 3 Toward a Unified Theory of Four Discourses and Sexual Difference
pp. 87-110
One of the crucial differences between psychoanalysis and philosophy concerns the status of sexual difference: for philosophy, the subject is not inherently sexualized, sexualization occurs only at the contingent, empirical level; whereas psychoanalysis promulgates sexuation into a kind of formal, a priori condition of the very emergence of the subject. (It is homologous with the notion of desire: in Kant’s philosophy, the faculty of desire is “pathological,” dependent on contingent objects, so there can be no “pure faculty of desiring,” no “critique of pure desire,” while for Lacan, psychoanalysis precisely is a kind of “critique of pure desire.” In other words, desire does have a non-pathological...

From what I understand, he doesn't even think he has done any real or original philosophy at this point and hates most of his own work.
Feel Philosophy: [So there could be a little bit of mental aspect (most likely hidden to us) in the fundamental particles.]

Development is dependent on science and a slight wrong direction can lead to disaster. So diligence is crucial. Evolution is not linear and hence predicting its course is hazardous. Vedic ontology unveiled by Sri Aurobindo seeks to harmonise the two but beware of wishful thinking

Sri Aurobindo himself admitted that events didn't take place the way he would have liked which means the Evolutionary purpose is shrouded in mystery. Instead of suffering from victimhood, it's advantageous to take lessons from myriad cultural invasions India has harboured so far.

Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad

[PDF] Sri Aurobindo's Views on Heraclitus' Philosophy: A Synthesis

K Kunkolienker -
60 days ago - Abstract—This paper appreciates the stimulating and thought-provoking synthesis of Heraclitus' philosophy offered by Sri Aurobindo. The deep philosophical insights of Heraclitus expressed in aphoristic and cryptic form inspired him and supported

Comparative Literature in India in the Twenty-first Century

AK Singh - The English Paradigm in India, 2017 - Springer
86 days ago -  … The paper looks at the writers from Indian subcontinent such as Gurudev Tagore, Sri Aurobindo and many poets and authors such as Umashankar Joshi in Gujarati, Shamsher Bahadur Singh in Hindi and Faiz Ahmed 'Faiz' in Urdu who provide the models for such a …

The “The Life Divine''as it Begins: An essential understanding of the first chapter of Life Divine–“The Human Aspiration”

A Vaidya -
155 days ago - Here in in this chapter Sri Aurobindo one of the most modern prolific philosophers of Renaissance India has … Keywords Sri Aurobindo HUman Aspiration Life Divine. Categories Metaphilosophy. (categorize this paper). PhilPapers/Archive ID VAITTL. Revision history …

[PDF] Aurobindonian Rhetoric and the Problem of Evaluation

D Goswami -
223 days ago -  … Article History: Submitted-06/04/2017, Revised-25/04/2017, Accepted-26/04/2017, Published-30/04/2017. Abstract: During the post-independence era, Indian poets writing in English showed serious issues with Sri Aurobindo's spiritual poetry; particularly its language …


D Johnston -
247 days ago - ABSTRACT In this essay I trace the evolution of consciousness from the time of origins and the archaic structure of consciousness, through the magic structure, the mythical structure and the mental structure up to the present incipient integral culture of


D Johnston -
251 days ago - This essay is about Jung's Gnostic creation myth, which he wrote in 1916 as an important part of his encounter with the unconscious. He called it the Seven Sermons to the Dead, and attributed its writing to Philemon, a winged being he encountered in dreams

[DOC] The Spiritual Nationalism & Human Unity: approach taken by Sri Aurobindo in Politics

D Banerjee -
260 days ago - Abstract: Sri Aurobindo's theory of Politics is quite extraordinary than other contemporary politicians of India. It also has several parts like Swaraj, boycott, resistance, national education as necessary ingredient of Indian political agitation started from 1905.

[PDF] Sri Aurobindo's Approach to Tantra

P Nandakumar -
270 days ago - Hatha yoga and raja yoga apart, Sri Aurobindo gives a very detailed treatment of jnana, karma and bhakti yoga in his book. While each pathway can be taken to achieve realisation when pursued with single-minded sincerity, Sri Aurobindo wonders whether

Reception Configurations: The Case of European Epic in India

BD Schildgen - Reading the Past Across Space and Time, 2016 - Springer
285 days ago -  … Aurobindo Ghose. Aurobindo Ghose is considered among the greatest Indian philosophers of the twentieth century … Aurobindo and Savitri. Savitri—the name means Light—is a character from the Mahabharata . Like some characters in the Commedia , she is …

[BOOK] The Integral Philosophy of Aurobindo: Hermeneutics and the Study of Religion

B Prince - 2017 -
326 days ago - Sri Aurobindo was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. This book is an enquiry into the integral philosophy of Aurobindo and its contemporary relevance. It offers a reading of Aurobindo's key texts by bringing them into conversation with

BOOK] Literary and Cultural Readings of Goddess Spirituality: The Red Shadow of the Mother

A Mukhopadhyay - 2016 -
364 days ago -  … 33 The Confluence of Mothers in Sri Aurobindo's Savitri: Exploring the Divergence between Aufhebung and “Integration” from the Perspective of Goddess Spirituality Chapter Five …

I added a video to a @YouTube playlist Talk by Prof Deepti Malhotra || Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch

Vimal: As per Wikipedia (as of 13 Dec. 2017 with minor modification), “The Universe is all of space and time (spacetime) and its contents,[12] which includes planets, moons, stars, galaxies, the contents of intergalactic space and all matter and energy.[13][14] While the size of the entire Universe is still unknown,[6] it is possible to measure the observable universe. Halpern and Tomasello calculated the observable universe using data from European Space Agency's Planck satellite, estimating it to be 90.68 billion light-years across, 0.7% smaller than previously thought.[15]  […] The Universe can be defined as everything that exists, everything that has existed, and everything that will exist.[22][23][24] According to our current understanding, the Universe consists of spacetime, forms of energy (including electromagnetic radiation and matter), and the physical lawsthat relate them. The Universe encompasses all of life, all of history, and some philosophers and scientists suggest that it even encompasses ideas such as mathematics and logic.[25][26][27]”

The eDAM’s definition of universe is the same as science defines plus subtle and subtlest UF levels. The UF is within our universe, there is nothing beyond it.   

Vimal: … In addition, in the eDAM, ‘Consciousness’ is the Universal Potential Consciousness (UPC) that is the 1pp-mental aspect of the unmanifested state of the information in the Unified field (UF) and its inseparable physical aspect is Physical Unified Field (PUF).

Vimal: The aspects of the unmanifested state of information in the UF are latent, so God (manifested consciousness) is not necessary. It is the manifestation processes such as condensation process and the relevant laws are necessary, which are inherently embedded in UF by definition.  It should be noted that the eDAM follows scientific bottom-up approach and UF is proposed in the same sense. Materialists, such as Poznanski, reject idealism based top-down approach on the name of Voodoo-ism. Therefore, to avoid such type critique, the proposal of self-referral and self-awareness attributes of the UF still need further justifications and why they would be mandatory.

Vimal: What is the structure inside the Puruṣa of Sāṅkhya and why and how He can experience (but not Prakṛti) and what is the precise mechanism? Are they not assumptions? In the eDAM, the ontology of UF, UPC, and PUF is the ontology of information in the UPC and PUF of UF. Information is the same in both UPC and PUF. What is information inside UF? I guess, all enormous processes and all possible laws. This information must be the same for both UPC and PUF; it is just looking from which perspective we like to view it; for the 1pp we can assume what we might experience. Since we are not UPC so there is no way to understand what the experiences UPC really might have. However, we can imagine by extrapolating. However, do not forget that UPC is related to the unmanifested state, so both UPC and PUF are latent for us. The source of information is UF, which is the same for both UPC and PUF.

Vimal: The initial source of all information is UF. You do not seem to understand the meanings of the “latent”, “information in both aspects” “perspective of viewing” and so on because you raise illogical queries. The definition of universe is given above, which is levels 1-3 (gross, subtle, and subtlest). There is nothing outside of the eDAM’s Universe. Since you and your core are from Sāṅkhya, you see physical and mental aspects separable and you think they have different ontology. No, in the eDAM, the ontology of both aspects is the same as the ontology of related information.

Vimal: Yes, it is mandatory to provide scientific two-way designed experiments (both positive and negative should be necessary, esp. if you want NIH grant) in theoretical modeling to have any value. If negative results are obtained, then the framework will be rejected. The positive results need further testing. Science can only reject hypotheses, it cannot prove them. We both are theorists and we must provide such designed experiment; you may like to look at Section 3.2 of (Vimal, 2015b) and let me know if you suggest how to improve it with some justifications. Vinod ji claims that it only shows correlation, not inseparability but does not provide any justification and how to improve it. I think that it provides 1-1 correlation which is close to inseparability but I am looking for a design that can clearly show the inseparability and reject the separability of Vinod’s framework (non-interactive dualism, SAnkhya). Once aspects are separable, then mind can exist without brain, such as ghosts; hope you never encountered ghosts in your life, but many people claim they have; watch “fear files” 1 or 2 episodes, just to have a feeling; they are available in YouTube or Google.

Kind regards,
Rām Lakhan Pāndey Vimal, Ph.D.
Amarāvati-Hīrāmaṇi Professor (Research), Vision Research Institute, Physics, Neuroscience, & Consciousness Research Dept.
25 Rita Street, Lowell, MA 01854 USA Ph: +1 978 954 7522; eFAX: +1 440 388 7907
To view this discussion on the web visit

December 11, 2017

Brain is only halfway along in evolution

My idea is very simple. The organisms do not exchange information -- they exchange physical signals. A physical signal carries nothing but itself. It is the function of consciousness to process these physical signals (converted into electric impulses by sense organs) and to transform them into information for the bearer of consciousness. 
In so doing, for there to be new information, consciousness does not only process the new physical (sensory) signals, but also re-processes the formerly memorized elements of experience. In result, every new element of experience (every new information) consists of what we see (hear, etc.) plus what we expect to see (to hear, etc.). 
If we want to convey information, our consciousness performs the reversed act*, namely, it transforms some mental pattern (a thought or idea) into physical signals -- the electrical impulses sent to the muscles. In result, we have various activities like "typing on a keyboard", or "raising hand", or "producing air vibrations using larynx", etc. So, we produce the physical signals which exist in the form of e-m radiation, air vibrations, etc. In case the other person's consciousness is able to transform the produced by us physical signals into new information for that person, it means that communication between us has taken place. 
*Note: we have to apply a very complex system of models to formalize the mechanisms of matter-mind and mind-matter transformations.
[Whit Blauvelt] wrote: In this sense, saying "information is consciousness" is as wrong as saying "meat is life." The living part is precisely what's not there in mere meat, or mere "information."
[S.P.] I do not say that "information is consciousness". I say that information is a product of consciousness. I say that if there is "information", it is always subject-dependent. I say that what is informative for me may not be informative for others, which indicates that information does not exist objectively or "embedded" out there. 
I say that for there to be life, the complex system{organism} must be able not only to consume food and to take part in energetic interactions, but also to construct a metal representation of the outer world it lives in. These three are the possible ways in which the entropy of the complex system{organism} can be kept on a sufficiently low level by the very organism -- this is what I mean by "self-organization".
I do not understand your "meat-hunting" analogy (or metaphor). Why "The animal, alive, is seen as "meat."" ? What this has to do with making a difference between information and physical signal?
Serge Patlavskiy

"Sadhu-Sanga Under the holy association of Spd. B.M. Puri Maharaja, Ph.D." group. To view this discussion on the web visit

Picture a fetus pondering what the sex life of its parents might be like. In actuality, the fetus does have a solid mammal brain after a certain stage, a brain which is sometimes very active mentally -- sometimes usefully, sometimes spinning wheels in a useless way. But probably the design is solid enough that it would not waste SO much time and energy.... and the fetus brain does seem to learn things like hidden nodes which help it recognize phonemes in the language spoken near it. But our present brains are clearly not so well-designed in regards to not wasting time on debates full of conviction about stuff less than 0.1 femtometers or more than 10 billion years or light years; that's what happens when a brain is only halfway along in evolution between one quantum level of consciousness and the next. (NOT about "quantum theory" here...)

As for "physical"... it is curious how folks may intensely say they do not believe in the physical, or the material, or the mechanistic, or the natural, while somehow making it clear that they believe those words actually mean something very definite, definite and agreed enough to be worthy of very hard and crisp opinions. 

Does "physical" mean "stuff like what physicists study?" Well, back when Maxwell's Laws caught on, the folk wisdom was ever so upset about how physical they WEREN'T. More and more, we understand that they were just a set of differential equations, operating over "fields" which were just functions of space-time. People complained "but what do these functions REPRESENT? What is the physical MEDIUM which these waves are moving through?" Answer: no such thing. Even if the electromagnetic field WERE to be represented in a new ultimate theory of physics (say, a lattice model), that model itself would be just another mathematical model, no more "physical" than the first. Our understanding is INHERENTLY a kind of infinite regress, and we need to get used to that. Getting used to that is a part of sanity or zhengqi, the next stage for the vast bulk of us in any authentic mental development, mundane OR esoteric. Overuse of words like "material (as an adjective)", or "physical" tends to be just a red flag that one is in the pre-Maxwell era of thinking. As for "natural"... you don't hear Dean Radin saying he is exploring the supernatural! For excellent reason!

My problem with the sentence you quote above is, above all, extreme ambiguity. Taken one way, it can be made to be true. Taken another way, it contradicts not only Einstein but the monist traditions of East and West, and in a practical sense sanity itself. We all fall into a bit of ambiguity from time to time, especially in informal discussions with people we trust, but it is a waste of energy to debate over what is so completely ill-defined. 

Paul Werbos 

Dear Vinod ji and Roman,

I agree with no “explanatory gap” (e-gap) as a third criterion; other two are subjective and objective evidence. However, how do we decide it is a real e-gap if the author of the framework claims there is none, but an opponent maintains that the e-gap remains?

(Boyer, 2018).Ch.5 and others propose 3 types of information:

1. Physical Shannon type information such as “the quantum information field that generates relativistic spacetime”,

2. Biological “‘shaping information,’ referring to how biophysical structures and functions are guided, by DNA for example” and

3. Psychological information, which “includes purpose and intention in terms of the exchange of semantic meaning between conscious senders and receivers—as for example in language.” (Boyer, 2018).

In the eDAM, a state of the information in an entity has dual-aspect and both aspects (mental and physical) have the same information, except its form may be different and it appears different depending on the perspective of viewing it. Therefore, the ontology of both aspects is the ontology of this common information.

The mental aspect of a state of the information in an inert entity appears “latent” to us (as a 3rd person) because it, like us, is also made of related elementary particles. A dual-aspect panpsychist may argue that the mental aspect from the point of view (1pp) of the inert entity may be known to the inert entity but it is unknown to us. The opponents will clearly reject it. It should be noted that it is also a manifestation of the primal entity (Brahman) and certainly has a specific function that may be useful to us and hence we should respect it and do not look at it in a degraded manner. 
Kind regards, Rām

Vimal: The dual-aspect monism framework is close to an ancient views: (a) Kashmir Shaivism (860–925 AD) with Shiva as mental aspect and Shakti as physical aspect and (b) cit-acit Viśiṣṭādvaita (Ramānujāchārya: 1017-1137 AD: cit as mental and acit as physical aspect (i.e., adjectives/aspects of Brahman), see (Vimal, 2012c) and (Radhakrishnan, 1960)). The latter is close to Āstika Dvi-Pakṣa Advaita (theist version of the eDAM), which has been verified by an expert Padmabhushan Jagadguru Rambhadracharya (PhD, DLitt) of Chitrakut (India) (personal meeting on 23rd Dec 2011 night in Chitrakoot Ashram); for detail see Section 4.4.2 of (Vimal, 2012c).  There are empirical evidences for conscious state that are unable to reject eDAM. For a critical test, experiments are proposed in Section 3.2 of (Vimal, 2015f) to reject it. The eDAM is based on the bottom-up approach: from the unmanifested UF (Brahman) of transcendent/subtlest level to the manifested causal and astral bodies of subtle level to the manifested physical bodies of gross level to the manifested Samādhi state where we acquire godly virtues such as compassion, humility, and love for all, and experience bliss and paranormal phenomena. However, further research is needed, especially the eDAM in non-living systems. The eDAM is the least problematic if you can understand it from its own point of view. Therefore, it is worth pursuing it and commenting it to make it better.

Vimal: In the eDAM, the physical aspect of a state of the information in a non-living entity (physical body) is manifested, but its inseparable mental aspect is latent in the gross level. The condensation/congealing process used in idealism and/or Sāṅkhya is unclear how that can be possible. In the eDAM, the processes are the inter-dependently co-origination and co-evolution of both aspects. 
Kind regards, Rām
Rām Lakhan Pāndey Vimal, Ph.D.

The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo
No insecurity at all; you are free to express yourself. India's Rebirth, a compilation, has misguided many Indians about Sri Aurobindo's views.

Marketime (since 2005): Feminism is a proper academic subject @sanjukta #Auroville #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams

Savitri Era (since 2005): Sri Aurobindo is opposed to all dominant narratives #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams

Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF - since 2005): Neo-Vedantic Knowledge project of Sri Aurobindo #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams

NarendranathIndia, to Muktakashi Sengupta and was Turuni born on Charan. 23 December He married 1889, Kamala at Faridpur in 1916 in and Bengal, had

N Sengupta - Eminent Indian Psychologists: 100 years of …, 2017 -
8 days ago -  … There he had the privilege of studying English under the great revolutionary and highly educated philosopher Sri Aurobindo (founder of the ashram in Pondicherry) and studied Pali under Sri Goswami, the great scholar of the language …

Original Minds: Sri Aurobindo–Integral Scientist

W Stinson - Cadmus, 2017 -
9 days ago - Abstract [...] even a cursory look at science from Pythagoras through Galileo reveals a completely different set of ethical rules for the conduct of scientific investigation that exist today. New principles of accomplishment that emerge from this" radical" shift in

[PDF] Building an Intuitive Mentality: The Neo-Vedantic Knowledge Project of Sri Aurobindo

D Banerji - 2017 -
16 days ago - Abstract Post-Enlightenment philosophy, which is largely creative of and dominates the modern consciousness, has defined humanism in terms of rationality and its control over the irrational. This has led to our technological age but has also spawned

Indian Philosophers

A Aklujkar, DE Cooper, P Harvey, JL Garfield… - A Companion to the … - Wiley Online Library
22 days ago -  … Mahāvīra; Nāgārjuna; Padmapāda; Patañjali; Radhakrishnan; Rāmānuja; Śaṅkara; Sri Aurobindo; Śrīharṣa; Sureśvara; Swami Vivekananda; Vācaspati Miśra; Vasubandhu; Vidyāraṇya. Summary. As is the case with most pre …

[PDF] Physical Education by Sri Aurobindo

SK Mishra - EDU WORLD -
25 days ago - ABSTRACT On the subject of physical education, it must be mentioned that the physical is our base, and even the highest spiritual values are to be expressed through the life that is embodied here. Sariram adyam khalu dharmasadhanam, says the old Sanskrit

[PDF] Sri Aurobindo and Integral Yoga

R Subramony - 2016 -
25 days ago - ABSTRACT At Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo devoted himself exclusively to Yoga Glimpses of the goal of his yoga are there in his writings in the Kamayogin, especially in his renderings of the Isha and Kena Upanishads. Sri Aurobindo believed that man is an

[BOOK] Indian Philosophy and Meditation: Perspectives on Consciousness

R Banerjee, A Chatterjee - 2017 -
29 days ago -  … distinct trends of Indian thought, viz., a dualistic mode of understanding and realizing consciousness in Hindu Sāńkhya, an interactive mode in early Buddhist Abhidhamma, and the evolutionary transformational mode in the teachings of the twentieth-century sage Sri …

Education for a New Age

DP Kumar - Handbook of Research on Examining Global …, 2017 -
40 days ago -  … It is a spiritual essential change of consciousness, not the surface manipulation which is the method of Mind and Reason, that can alone make Life other than it now is and rescue it out of its present distressed and ambiguous figure.-SriAurobindo (Ghose, 1992 …


44 days ago - ABSTRACT Sri Aurobindo was the first Indian leader to advocate publically India'scomplete independence “PurnaSwaraj”. As a national prophet he has explored the nature of freedom very intensely and fervently. He has explained it as 'the longing to be free

Some Thoughts Regarding an Integral Ecology

J Ryan - 2017 -
44 days ago -  … In this talk, Professor Ryan will offer some reflections on how non-dual thought, as seen from the lens of Sri Aurobindo, Mother and other non-dualist philosophies like Hindu Tantrism, can offer a way to heal the rift between humans and the "others" on this planet and …

The Art of Being: Living and Working in Today's World as a Conscious Manifestation of the Divine

T Nordquist - 2017 -
44 days ago - Our world is experiencing the birth pangs of an evolving consciousness described and manifested by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother … Description. Our world is experiencing the birth pangs of an evolving consciousness described and manifested by Sri Aurobindo and …

Is a New Consciousness Emerging? Reflections on the Thought of Ibn'Arabi and the Impact of an Integral Perspective

N Yiangou - World Futures, 2017 - Taylor & Francis
45 days ago -  … This article reviews some of the ideas of thinkers such as Ken Wilber, Jean Gebser, Michael Murphy, Teilhard de Chardin, and Sri Aurobindo, and suggests further ways of advancing integral thought by reviewing the work of one of the greatest early integral thinkers …

[PDF] Orientalism: A Perspective

C Gupta -
45 days ago -  … In the third part of this paper, I discuss Peter Heehs, six different styles of Orientalist discourse about India, along with Sri Aurobindo national Orientalist in order to show that Indocentrism culture and Eurocentrism culture both needs one another …

[PDF] The Giant Dance of Shiva

S Bidwaikar -
47 days ago -  … the armoured Night.1 hese lines from Sri Aurobindo's epic poem Savitri at once bring forth the vi- sion of Nataraja, the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva as depicted in the bronze statues in South India. These statues present themselves …

PDF] Sri Aurobindo's Views on Heraclitus' Philosophy: A Synthesis

K Kunkolienker -
57 days ago - Abstract—This paper appreciates the stimulating and thought-provoking synthesis of Heraclitus' philosophy offered by Sri Aurobindo. The deep philosophical insights of Heraclitus expressed in aphoristic and cryptic form inspired him and supported

Comparative Literature in India in the Twenty-first Century

AK Singh - The English Paradigm in India, 2017 - Springer
83 days ago -  … The paper looks at the writers from Indian subcontinent such as Gurudev Tagore, Sri Aurobindo and many poets and authors such as Umashankar Joshi in Gujarati, Shamsher Bahadur Singh in Hindi and Faiz Ahmed 'Faiz' in Urdu who provide the models for such a …

Role of Philosophy of Education in India

K Srivastava - Tattva-Journal of Philosophy, 2017 -
83 days ago -  … Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda … Keywords: Indian Educational Philosophy, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, SriAurobindo, Swami Vivekananda * Central University of Jharkhand, India; Page 2 …

Foundations of yoga psychology

KR Rao - 2017 - Springer
97 days ago -  … tation. Mr. H. Dukhan from Trinidad joined our team at Andhra University. He was able to have the cooperation of an Ashram in Pondicherry (not the Sri Aurobindo Ashram) and tested meditators before and after meditation. He …

Why is Neo-Vedanta Universal

P Vijayarangam - Research Journal of Humanities and Social …, 2017 -
116 days ago -  … It was 'Neo-Vedanta'. German Indologist, Paul Hacker, also used this term to refer to the writings of religious thinkers and writers within this new framework with definite orientation towards Vedantic principles especially of Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo. KEYWORDS …


A Saini -
99 days ago - Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), the great educationist of India, has set forth his philosophy in the life Divine. He bases his philosophy on the original Vedanta of the Upanishadas. Sri Aurobindo believes that earlier Vedanta represent and integral or

[BOOK] Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy

NN Londhe -
120 days ago - Sri Aurobindo was a great modern philosopher who made an unprecedented remarkable contribution to the Indian philosophical thought with his concept of Supermind. His thoughts originated from his spiritual sadhna he did for forty long years at Pondicherry at

[BOOK] Sri Aurobindo's Integral and Supramental Yoga in Savitri

NN Londhe -
120 days ago - Sri Aurobindo was a yogi of very high order. The yoga he practiced was the Integral Yoga and Supramental Yoga which aim at divinizing both the individual and the universe at large. He attempted to encode his yogic vision in Savitri. Therefore, his epic

[BOOK] Sri Aurobindo's Poetic Theory

NN Londhe -
122 days ago - Though Sri Aurobindo was a born poet, he elevated the act of poetic creation to the divine plane of consciousness through his spiritual sadhna for forty long years at Pondicherry. This is exactly in tune with the ancient practice of Vedic rishis who created their

[PDF] Was there sophisticated mathematics during Vedic Age?

AK DUTTA - An anthology of disparate thoughts at a popular level …, 2016 -
58 days ago -  … Savants like Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo have made brief but significant statements alluding to this rich legacy and it will be unfortunate if we continue to remain ignorant about it or, what is worse, choose to deny it …

[PDF] IN his Farewell Address to the students of the Bengal National College on 23 August 1907, Sri Aurobindo says: If you will study, study for her [the Mother's …

58 days ago - As one revisits the life of Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, one is reminded of the above message of Sri Aurobindo. An intense love for the country and her people was the fountain spring from which flowed the various streams of the Acharya's activity. Indeed,

My disagreements with Charles Goodman continue with his contribution to Jake Davis's thought-provoking volume A Mirror Is For Reflection. (I've previously written about Jan Westerhoff's chapter in the same book.) Just like Westerhoff, Charles is exploring the important question of naturalizing karma. He does so with particular reference to Śāntideva. He opens with a beautiful reading of Śikṣā Samuccaya chapter 4's graphic descriptions of the punishments a wrongdoer will face in the hells, reading them in terms of the actions' psychological effects on the wrongdoer. The problem with this reading is that it doesn't go far enough. Amod Lele, December 10, 2017

December 09, 2017

Neo-Vedantic Knowledge project of Sri Aurobindo

Collated by Tusar Nath Mohapatra:

Workshop for 6-9 year olds on 16 Dec at Gnostic Centre - A workshop on Imagination through Robotics, Pottery, Movement, Illustrations and Visualisation. Contact / 9810033308

Excited to be sponsoring Wisdom 2.0 2018! Join us there along with leading business & spiritual leaders. #wisdom2conf

New at IPB: 50th Annual Conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy

Aurobindo Ghose abandoned his deep-seated political activities to develop a religious teaching for the spiritual benefit of all men. Read about his spiritual views and ideas in Prasenjit Sen’s book SRI AUROBINDO, here:

Great piece on Sri Aurobindo, The Hindu

[PDF] Building an Intuitive Mentality: The Neo-Vedantic Knowledge Project of Sri Aurobindo
D Banerji - 2017
Abstract Post-Enlightenment philosophy, which is largely creative of and dominates the modern consciousness, has defined humanism in terms of rationality and its control over the irrational. This has led to our technological age but has also spawned counter philosophies 

I Gandhi - 2017
… lifestyle related disorders. Over a long period of time many yogis, philosophers and scholars such as Patanjali, Gandhiji, Sri Aurobindo and various others have accepted yoga as a tool for self-realisation. Gandhiji's morality …

[DOC] Post-Colonial Approach in Mahesh Dattani's Plays
MJM Rajput
… This appeared on the literary horizon in 1871. Rabindranath Tagore and Sri Aurobindo, the two great sages - poets of India, are the first Indian dramatists in English. RN Tagore wrote primarily in Bengali but almost all his Bengali plays are available to us in English renderings …

Theme of Nature in Sri Aurobindo's Savitri: an Overview.
TK Panda - International Journal of Innovative Knowledge …, 2017
Abstract Spiritualism and its interpretation through Nature in Sri Aurobindo's Savitri has become an attraction for all. Man through spiritual Sadhana can be a superhuman only by regulating his nature. Savitri could achieve the power by which she could conquer death that 

Bhagavad Gita and Hindu modes of capitalist accumulation in India
BS Nayak, BS Nayak - Society and Business Review, 2017

[HTML] Cattle in religion
GM TV, C Naturism, H Church, UM Church, M Luther…
Cattle are considered sacred in various world religions, most notably Hinduism, but also...

[PDF] Non Cognitive Skills and Indian Education policy Indian Situation Analysis
N Pahwa
… Page 13. 13 Reference list Aurobindo, S. (1990). (Reprint). On education. Pondicherry: Aurobindo Ashram. ASER.(2014). Annual Status of Learning Report Bloom, BS, Engelhart, MD, Furst, EJ, Hill, WH, & Krathwohl, DR (1956) …

B Ghosh, S Bagchi
… 5. Cunningham, A. (2006): The Ancient Geography of India, Low Price Publications, Delhi (originally published in 1871). 6. Ghosh, Aurobindo (2005): Life Divine, Published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry, India …

Indian constitution treats citizens based on their religion. Why are people then demanding that religion and politics not be mixed?

My views on Hindutva are more nuanced now. The state-society distinction remains material, and so is the terminology. But having studied history, philosophy and religion further- I believe that India should be declared a Dharma Rashtra. My piece (Jan 2012)

Savitri Era Open Forum (SEOF - since 2005): With the Mother, Sri Aurobindo ushered in modern Hinduism @madversity @viryavaan @redLotus1_ @NathTusar #SriAurobindo #FiveDreams

Arya–4. No 5—December 1917 Sri Aurobindo
The Future Poetry I., A Hymn to Savitri [5.81]
The Life Divine XXXIX. The Ascent out of the Ignorance
Synthesis of Yoga XXXVII. The Higher and the Lower Knowledge
Essays on the Gita The Divine Birth and Divine Works (3) 

(1) MANOJ DAS GUPTA, (2) DILIP KUMAR DUTTA, (3) DILIP MEHTANI, (4) PRABHAKAR RUPANAGUNTA @ BATTI and (5) ABHIPSA NAGDA, the trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry

Sri Aurobindo Society
Pradeep Narang, Chairman
Vijay Poddar, Admn & Finance
Sushila Melvani, Secretary
Gopal Bhattacharjee, Joint Secretary & International Secretary
Ajit Sabnis
Amod Kumar
Jaybharat D Jethwa
Kaivalya Smart
O P Dani
Vijay K Poddar

Dr. Karan Singh (Chairman for a fourth term of four years), Dr. Prema Nandakumar, Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty, Dr. Anirban Ganguly, and Dr. Nirima Oza. Ex-officio members are Mr. Rakesh Ranjan, IAS and Ms. Darshana Dabral, IAS. - Governing Board, Auroville

Feel Philosophy: Their concerns are complimentary, and a dialog between these thinkers is urgently required - At the ends of man: Sri Aurobindo and Michel Foucault by Rich
Provocation and Interruption
by Sam Mickey
Provocation and interruption are, respectively, the origin and goal of philosophy. This sense of philosophy finds expression in the following quotations from Peter Sloterdijk, the first of which suggests that philosophy is a trace of an unavoidable provocation, while the second articulates the function of the philosopher as an interrupter.

I occasionally try to convince my peers that people in general aren’t the vulgar Cartesians we sometimes caricature them to be, and then stuff like this happens. SMH.

It is interesting to look briefly over the exchanges on this thread, at 5am here in seoul, and compare with the more intense discussions of consciousness in korea and japan of the past few weeks, also including the leader of japan's main brain institute (who would react much as Roman would to assumptions made on this thread). 

One relevant point from here -- the fact that humans in the animal kingdom of this tiny planet earth are unique here, in time and in space, in their ability to lose touch with reality. Cats and mice can be abberated by undigested traumatic or euphoric memories, just as humans can, but humans can become attached to totally nonproductive and meaningless verbal behavior in ways which lower types of consciousness do not (because they do not believe words so much) and which higher forms do not (because they do not abuse words so much). This widespread losing touch with reality, made worse for many people due to "reddit" or "fake news" phenomena,  is ever more visible in ever so many forms these days,  and it is a serious real world challenge how to deal with it. Respect for the cat and the mouse is one part of what could help us all to calm down a bit and reconnect with reality.. but maybe this is not the place to get TOO deep into such issues.

For here.. there are issues of emphasis. Maybe we should not be putting so much energy into defending or attacking soeculations about things more than 10 billion yeaes or light years away, or smaller than 0.1 femtometers. One might hope that roman (or even neuroscience people on the sadhu list) might be more interested in the tapestry of actual experience of what ram sees in his brain kab or direct experience, than in debates about speculations beyond our authentic first person OR laboratory experience. (Please no neurotic smirks from people asserting they have clear personal memories of when the ordained the big bang. There have been discussions here as well about what really goes on in the minds of donald trump and of king kim III, certainly a serious and important topic, but not appropriate for naive emulation.)

Another theme which keeps coming up at all levels in serious discussions: the old Mark Twain saying, roughly: it's not what you don't know that kills you, it's what you know that isn't true. As the old sages said long ago, we all need to pay a bit more attention to trying to understand our own blind spots.

Best of luck,  Paul

What you are saying is that the brain creates both the neural correlate (NC) and its 'meaning' which the first person is aware of and any third person is not; the latter is aware of the NC but the former is not.  I do not deny that.
Consider the experience of seeing an apple for example. The NC is a faithful representation of the apple. (For example, Jz Young in Programs of the Brain says "the detailed characteristics of brain cells provide ‘codes’ for features of the world, such as a particular line or sound, or the color red so that some physical events in the nerves together provide a faithful representation of events outside, and a detailed model of the world.").  Now if you show the apple to a computer, it will also create a record (electronic) and can even say that the apple is red but it does not create the 'meaning' for the record.  The meaning is assigned by the programmer, to the computer's record  consisting of hardware elements.  That is how the computer announces or prints out the meaning of its record.  So, there is a physical component and a mental component to what the brain does.  The computer can only perform the physical component but not the mental component.  In other words the physical and mental functions are separate.  
Syamala Hari

December 04, 2017

Sartre, Sri Aurobindo, Donne, Tagore, Milan Kundera, and Kamal Kumar Majumdar

December 5 is Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi  Day.  On this occasion a group meditation will  be held from 10.30 am to 11.00 am at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Sector 62, Noida. 

Collated by 

Literature and Common Life
N Mukherji - Reflections on Human Inquiry, 2017
... One could think of some of the novels and plays of Sartre, poetry of Sri Aurobindo, 'metaphysical' poetry of Donne, some later poetry of Tagore, some of the fiction by Milan Kundera, Kamal Kumar Majumdar, and the like. (B) ...

[PDF] The “The Life Divine''as it Begins: An essential understanding of the first chapter of Life Divine–“The Human Aspiration”
DA Banerjee
… It is a very famous quotation on Usha, the Dawn. Perhaps, through the quotation and symbol of Dawn, Shri Aurobindo wants us to get a subtle but a profound glimpse of the Dawn – The incoming of the Transcendental Light of the New Age …

[PDF] Physical Education by Sri Aurobindo
ABSTRACT On the subject of physical education, it must be mentioned that the physical is our base, and even the highest spiritual values are to be expressed through the life that is embodied here. Sariram adyam khalu dharmasadhanam, says the old Sanskrit adage, the 

[HTML] Bhagini Nivedita
S Nivedita
… Sri Aurobindo was one of her friends as well. [24]. Cultivation of Indian culture … Nivedita provided guarded support to Annie Besant, and was very close to Aurobindo Ghosh (later Sri Aurobindo), one of the major contributors towards early nationalist movement …

[PDF] IN his Farewell Address to the students of the Bengal National College on 23 August 1907, Sri Aurobindo says: If you will study, study for her [the Mother's–India's] …
As one revisits the life of Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, one is reminded of the above message of Sri Aurobindo. An intense love for the country and her people was the fountain spring from which flowed the various streams of the Acharya's activity. Indeed, patriotism 

Construction of Plural Selves in India
P Sengupta - Language as Identity in Colonial India, 2018
… Leaders such as Tilak, Aurobindo and Gandhi used religion as a tool for political unity among Hindus … Aurobindo Ghose, describing the Swaraj faction as practicing “democratic nationalism,” refuted the existence of two factions within INC, declaring that …

N Kaushal, S Mishra - STUDIES, 2017
… management. Leaders such that, Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Sir Aurobindo are prominent personalities of India who lived their life according to lessons of Gita. They always Page 7. 43 …

[PDF] Ambedkar memorial lecture 2015-16 on Dr. Ambedkar's vision and mission
CS Reddy - 2017
… Ramanujacharya. In the fourth phase, particularly in the 19th century period, we are immensely indebted to Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekananda, Aurobindo and so on for their philosophy and thought …

A Psychoanalyst Views the Self Across Civilizations
A Roland - On Human Nature, 2017
… When I was in Bangalore in 1980, I was invited to attend a meeting with Dr. Murthy who was visiting, a former Chair of the Psychology Department at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), currently living in the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry …

Building Identity: Information, Intellect and Inspiration
P Sengupta - Language as Identity in Colonial India, 2018
… Nehru, Mooknayak (1920) by BR Ambedkar, Al-Hilal (1912) by Abdul Kalam Azad, The Indian Sociologist (1905) by Shyamji Krishna Verma, Navjiwan (1929) Harijan (1933) and Young India (1919) by Gandhi, Vande Mataram (1905) by Bipin Chandra Pal and Aurobindo Ghose …

[PDF] Orientalism: A Perspective
C Gupta
… In the third part of this paper, I discuss Peter Heehs, six different styles of Orientalist discourse about India, along with Sri Aurobindo national Orientalist in order to show that Indocentrism culture and Eurocentrism culture both needs one another …

My Journey from an Asian British to British Asian
S Bhattacharjee - 2017
… estates. He had a high degree of respect for the basic administrative quality of the British. He was also an admirer of various Indian freedom fighters, including Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. So …

[PDF] Types of knowledge and what they allow us to see
M Cornelissen
… We'll now see what the Indian tradition can tell us in this area. PART II: THE FOUR KNOWLEDGE REALMS THAT ARE NEEDED FOR A COMPREHENSIVE UNDERSTANDING OF HUMAN NATURE Sri Aurobindo's four types of knowledge and how they can be perfected …

[PDF] Archetype and Eternal Object
G Maxwell
… of the archetypes, which he describes as having “autonomy,” “intentionality,” and “a personal nature from the very beginning.”30 However, it seems likely that archetypes can be conceived fruitfully as both persons and impersonal forces, what Sri Aurobindo calls “Personalities …

[PDF] Panch Siddhanta (Five Principles) of Indian Ethos and Indian Management: Towards Vedanta-In-Practice
S Sharma
… determine our attitude towards work, society and fellow human beings. For achieving the holistic vision of development we need to have such an attitude of oneness and 'social concerns'. Sri Aurobindo's phrase, 'Practical Spirituality' could be viewed in a similar vein. Further it …

J Bandyopadhyaya, A Mukherjee
… peace and security. Another profound work on world government, albeit with metaphysical overtones, was produced in India by Sri Aurobindo, entitled The Ideal of Human Unity (Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, 1950). By this …

Participation and the Mystery
JN Ferrer - Tikkun, 2017
… Despite his downplaying the spiritual import of sexuality and the vital world, the Indian mystic Sri Aurobindo was correct when he wrote that the liberation of consciousness cannot be equated to an integral transformation entailing the spiritual alignment of all human dimensions …

ABSTRACT Sri Aurobindo was the first Indian leader to advocate publically India's complete independence “Purna Swaraj”. As a national prophet he has explored the nature of freedom very intensely and fervently. He has explained it as 'the longing to be free is lodged in such a 

Interpreting Modernity and the Cultural Possibility of Social Transformation
U Bhattacharyya - Society and Culture in South Asia, 2017
Abstract Modernity is associated with the celebration of rationality and the intervention of science, which manifested itself in the historical development of i...

New Horizons of Human Development: Art, Spirituality and Social Transformations
AK Giri - The Aesthetics of Development, 2017
... They also bring us in many different related ways to seekers and practitioners such as Tagore, Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo. ... But Sri Aurobindo here also challenges limited understanding of aesthetics when it is bound to senses only. ...

Development Poetics: A tiNai Aesthetic View
N Selvamony - The Aesthetics of Development, 2017
... Is it true that mantiram is an appropriate genre to convey the truth apprehended by seers? Aurobindo conveys this idea when he says that mantra is always ... We may compare Aurobindo's idea of mantram, derived from Vedic learning, with the one found in tolkaappiyam. ...

From Gandhi to Modi: Institutions and Technologies of Speech and Symbolism in India
W Gould - Speech and Society in Turbulent Times, 2017
... but lesser-known in general terms. However, it also involves more famous Hindu revivalists and Congress radicals, such as Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda, and Syama Prasad Mookerjee. This symbolic strategy has, in ...

[HTML] Employment with Frank Lloyd Wright
A Raymond, A Reimann
... [2]. Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Golconde dormitory of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry (1935). ... [4]. In 1935, Raymond's office had accepted a commission to design a dormitory for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, part of French India in southeast India. ...

[PDF] The Giant Dance of Shiva
S Bidwaikar
... the armoured Night.1 hese lines from Sri Aurobindo's epic poem Savitri at once bring forth the vi- sion of Nataraja, the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva as depicted in the bronze statues in South India. These statues present themselves ...

PK Rejimon
... 4. Sri Aurobindo's - Evolutionary Theory of Art Sri Aurobindo's aesthetics is integral to his philosophy of life and consciousness. ... The aesthetic evolution of humanity Aurobindo refers to necessary prerequisite to the ultimate spiritual ascent. ...

OSA NY/NJ 2017 Journal
S Das
... Amritapuri was a nice place indeed. Pondicherry: Our next trip was to Pondicherry, to visit the Ashram of Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) and The Mother (1878-1971), who is also known as Shree Maa in Odiya language. Shree Maa was the spiritual companion of Sri Aurobindo. ...

Religion among People: Essays on Religions and Politics
KW Bolle - 2017
Page 1. RELIGION AMONG PEOPLE Essays on Religions and Politics Kees W. Bolle Page 2. “Sharp and never satisfied with the obvious, Kees Bolle handles key subjects like secularization, fundamentalism, and the religious structure of modern man. ...

The Place of Humanities in Our Universities
M Miri - 2017

Hi Vinod/Ram:

Matter, mind, and consciousness are one wholesome continuum without any discreteness or fragmentations or dualities or multiplicities of particle/wave, mass/energy, physical/astral/divine etc. The universal relativistic model represents total reality as a continuum at all sizes and masses from zero to infinity. Any given entity can be described in terms of infinite number of relativistic mass/energy/space/time states with size/mass ranging from zero to infinity and space/time dilating (V=C, V never exceeds C)  as per relativity. The apparent discreteness or duaity or multiplicity is purely a mind-construct or measurement-construct because of the limitations of mind’s thoughts and measurement process itself leading to the fragmentations in terms of particles of various sizes/scales and material/physical/astral/primordial domains.

The original spiritual masters of various religions have unequivocally stated the fundamental non-duaity of the ultimate reality without any discreteness or fragmentations. Both the universal relativity science and genuine spirituality completely agree in this non-duality of existence without any partition between the physical and divine. Any duality between them is caused by the limitations of the mind’s schizophrania, hence the spiritual practice recomments the complete dissolution of the mind in Samadhi (Zero Point relativistic state) to realize the Oneness or non-duaity of existence.  However, some later yogis or siddhas claimed their individual experiences and subjective varying inerpretations fragmenting and compartmentalizing the ONE realty into various sizes and domains.

In light of the above, the ongong and non-converging debate reagrding the multiplicities of Planckian, sub-Planckian domains, QM domain, astral space, particles, consciousness, mind etc are not only irrelevant but counter to the ONE wholesome non-dual scientific (relativistic) and spiritual fundamental reality. People could argue on these subjective mental-construct domains forever without reaching any concensus because of its departure from the fundamental ONE universal reality.

Best Regards
Avtar Singh, Sc.D.
Alumni, MIT
Author of "The Hidden Factor - An Approach for Resolving Paradoxes of Science, Cosmology, and Universal Reality"

On Thursday 23 November 2017, Robert Boyer wrote:
1.       Re: ‘initial manifestation.’  In 2010 I published “Think Outside the Bang,” which has more detail on progress from ‘reductive’ big bang to ‘holistic’ Vedic cosmology. In a holistic view, nature manifests ‘top-down,’ from the ‘perfectly orderly’ unified field of all the laws of nature (super-symmetric, balanced Samhita of three gunas) to subtle and gross relative: highest order/interdependent to lowest order/independent phenomenal levels.
This might better be characterized as a ‘big condensation’ from the infinite eternal totality, rather than a ‘big bang’ from nothing. In this view, it would seem that ‘big bang’ models would relate to bangs and crunches in gross physical spacetime (the explicate order, the mahabhutas (the minor pralaya in Vedic literature?). The big bang model of 13.8 billion years since ‘initial manifestation’ would be in this context, compared to eternal cycles in Vedic literature. (This doesn’t address your points of an ‘initial cycle,’ or ‘a set of liberated souls = God.’; or miracles of ‘Sai Baba of Shirdi’—though important to consider in another context/time.)
2.       Yes
3.       Generally, yes.
4.       The ‘precise mechanisms’ are not described using current modern scientific terminology, but are in Veda. The term I’ve suggested of ‘phenomenal emergence’ is not based on idealism, but rather relates to the phenomenal, sequential manifestation of levels of nature from the subtlest to the grossest, in Veda—that is, the sequence of expressions of the laws of nature.
5.       Modern scientists are trying to describe the precise mechanics, and Vedic scientists are also—and these two approaches are starting to link up. But there is a long way to go, both to describe them in mathematical and other language symbols, as well as, in more definitive validation, to experience the mechanics directly in higher states of consciousness--as Vedic sounds/forms. Sankhya helps get the ontology more precise, and Yoga helps the epistemology for direct empirical experience—while also improving reasoning and sensory experience (the two means to gain knowledge in modern science) at each stage of higher progress. Are we getting a little closer? I don’t mean to be vague here; I’m trying to summarize the overall, global view. If you can give an example of a description of ‘precise mechanisms’ that would be more satisfying, I may be able to be more specific.

Best wishes,


In less than 4 years, fom has published 150 papers from over 100
different authors. Our latest conference is as ever described by
Cynthia Larson;

Cynthia leaves one paper out; the one in which I introduced the
conference.  It outlined the metaphysical background to what we do, and is featured below. Yet fom is after even bigger game and we will take a moment to look at it. An advisory; I am well aware of issues like those surrounding propositional attitudes, substance dualism, quantum ontologies, non-coding dna, decoherence in biological systems, the importance of timing in neural firing, moral and epistemological relativism,  and indeed state and civil society and so on. To explain how the Bionoetics framework encompasses these and myriad other issues has been one of the tasks of our publication series, and I’m not going to attempt to recapitulate it here.

There are several ways into the Bionoetics framework, considered as the study of knowing encompassing enough to cater for knowledge that is not simply cognitive. One might ask that if everything is relative to consciousness, in that it is apprehended consciously, surely we should simply study consciousness? More prosaically put, and more in keeping with conventional academic discourse, surely psychology can inform us about the entities that mind deals with (that would be the world) as a natural consequence of explaining mind?

Alternatively, we might decide that, since math can afford the most elliptical and veridical description of Reality/the world, surely we should defer to the descriptions in math physics?  On the other extreme, we might argue that the spectacularly ordered cosmos (and particularly the biosphere as Gaia) revealed over the past half-century might usher in another God, fully as transcendent, immanent, exigent  and awesome as that “Revealed” to Abraham, Moses and Mohammed?

What may work best, however, is to consider how transcendence, ontology, metabolism, and will/attention can be merged into a scientific worldview. We wish to be able to countenance not just the science of the early third millennium, but any discoveries that will emerge from this spectacularly successful investigation of Nature. We wish to cater in our society for those who are open-minded theists and atheists alike, and to do so in a way that is more useful than mere verbal multiculturalism.

The breakthrough made here is to dispense altogether with the theist/atheist distinction in favour of a distinction between acts of mind that are “relative” to consciousness – that is, they can occur slowly enough for consciousness with its approx 0.1 second granularity to broadcast through the CNS – and those that re “transcendent” to consciousness. It is a fact that many “believers” are quite simply amateur canon lawyers with no experience of the transcendent. To them, God is another  artifact of instrumental consciousness, while to many “atheists” there is a clear domain of the transcendent. A further wrinkle, the “relativistic” is included in my paper below.

Secondly, the ignoring of ontology by modern science has led researchers to use techniques on generics that are too primitive even for chaotic physical systems. Moreover, the treatment of the brain as precisely that – a chaotic physical system – affords a perspective that not alone explains the timing of neural firing, gives flesh to the abstract notion of “intentionality”, but also could well clean up the quagmire that has loosed $6 billion on brain imaging in 25 years without a single therapy emerging. In short, we predict that the approach we use with syntax explicit in genomics, metabolism featured (again explicitly) in accounts of gene-expression, and dynamical systems used in neuroscience will help cure diseases, particularly currently intractable ones like Alzheimer’s

Moreover, while the jury will remain out – if clearly  not cloistered – on which interpretation of quantum mechanics (QM) will prevail, two facts will remain salient. One is that QM observation involves a free choice, thus opening the door to free will, and dualism. Secondly, both the Bohmian and Von Neumann/Stapp interpretation of QM involves a choice that is informed by, and has consequences for, the wave function of the universe. On a less ethereal level, it has yet to be pointed out that, just as attention “collapses” the wave function in QM by dispensing with quantum entanglement, so it also decorrelates informational fluctuations at the classical neural firing level. Human choice seems intrinsically causal. Indeed, as my paper suggests, it can change states of affairs in the past; to use that paper’s vocabulary, the noumenal becomes truly numinous.

In fact, I wish to end with a truly audacious argument. It begins with the idea that god is indeed dead; better put, the notion that God can be part of instrumental consciousness is dead. What we have instead is the sacred; the sacralization of automatic processes like eating, social processes like those related to birth and death, and moments of true authentic self-transcendence. New religious movements should encompass these, as well as life processes in which the boundaries of subject and object, self and other, are being defined. A new religious leader will work with communities of practice who sense that there is something sacred in their work but have not had it attested. Examples are ethnic musicians, open-source software developers, ecowarriors.

We have a companion prize-winning free  online university (  It is only a slight exaggeration to state that university education is currently a project to dumb down gifted students, choose the most obsequious as free labour grad students, and encumber the rest with sufficient debt to make them anxious corporate drones. If the description of Bionoetics above interests you, and you would like to master the knowledge required to understand it in detail, we invite you to enroll.

The Foundations of Mind V (FOM5) "The New AI Scare?” conference was hosted by the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) by the CIIS Center for Consciousness Studies in San Francisco on Nov 3-4, 2017. It featured presentations by: Henry Stapp, Fred Alan Wolf, Seán Ó Nualláin, Cynthia Sue Larson, Stanley Klein, and Beverly Rubik. This fifth Foundations of Mind conference was scheduled to coincide with and celebrate the release of Henry Stapp’s new book, “Quantum Theory and Free Will.”
People registered through Foundations of Mind (FOM) participate in an ongoing series of conversational threads in areas related to consciousness, quantum interpretations, neuroscience, and higher education.