In astrophysics and cosmology , the anthropic principle (from the Greek, anthropos , human) is the philosophical consideration that observations of the physical Universe must be compatible with the conscious life that observes it. Some proponents of the anthropic principle reason that it explains why the Universe has the age and the fundamental physical constants necessary to accommodate conscious life. As a result, they believe it is unremarkable that the universe's fundamental constants happen to fall within the narrow range thought to be compatible with life . [ 1 ]
Kenneth Earl "Ken" Wilber II (born January 31, 1949, in Oklahoma City , Oklahoma ) is an American writer and public speaker. He has written and lectured about mysticism , philosophy , ecology , and developmental psychology . His work formulates what he calls Integral Theory . [ 1 ] In 1998 he founded the Integral Institute . [ 2 ] [ edit ] Biography Wilber was born in 1949 in Oklahoma City. In 1967 he enrolled as a pre-med student at Duke University . [ 3 ] He became inspired, like many of his generation, by Eastern literature, particularly the Tao Te Ching .
Posted by David Metcalfe on September 16, 2012 One of the things that surprised me most about attending the Parapsychological Association conference in Durham, North Carolina this year was how areas of science that receive the most criticism for being ‘pseudo-scientific’ are, in some cases, areas where the very basic elements, the most elegant elements, of the scientific method can be explored. Dr.
The hundredth monkey effect is a supposed phenomenon in which a behavior or thought spreads rapidly from one group to all related groups once a critical number of initiates is reached. By generalization it means the instantaneous spreading of an idea or ability to the remainder of a population once a certain portion of that population has heard of the new idea or learned the new ability by some unknown process currently beyond the scope of science. The story behind this supposed phenomenon originated with Lawrence Blair and Lyall Watson in the mid-to-late 1970s, who claimed that it was the observation of Japanese scientists. One of the primary factors in the promulgation of the story is that many authors quote secondary, tertiary or post-tertiary sources who have themselves misrepresented the original observations. [ 1 ] Popularization of the claim [ edit ]
Dr Peter Fenwick (born 1935) is a neuropsychiatrist and neurophysiologist who is known for his studies of epilepsy and end-of-life phenomena.
The Spirit of “Haschisch” by Sidney Sime. Once upon a time, the discussion of drugs in British society wasn’t characterised by hysteria, paranoia and the repetition of falsehoods, but could encompass an open-minded curiosity. This is easier to do, of course, when the narcotics in question haven’t been subject to prohibition; it also helps if some of those narcotics have medicinal uses, as was frequently the case . The following article by HE Gowers, with illustrations by Sidney Sime, was published in The Strand Magazine for December 1905, a periodical famous for giving the world the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Also in issue 180 was an extract from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sir Nigel , a turgid historical drama which the author bizarrely considered to be his masterpiece, The Adventure of the Snowing Globe by illustrator Warwick Goble, and Empire of the Ants , a chilling tale by HG Wells.
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The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies ( MAPS ) is a membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization working to develop psychedelics and marijuana into legal prescription drugs . MAPS was founded in 1986 by Rick Doblin , and is now based in Santa Cruz, California . MAPS helps scientists design, fund, and obtain regulatory approval for studies of the safety and effectiveness of a number of currently controlled substances. MAPS works closely with government regulatory authorities worldwide such as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) to ensure that all of its sponsored research protocols conform to ethical and procedural guidelines for clinical drug research.
The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World is a 2009 book written by Iain McGilchrist that deals with the specialist hemispheric functioning of the brain. The differing world views of the right and left brain (the "Master" and "emissary" in the title, respectively) have, according to the author, shaped Western culture since the time of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato , and the growing conflict between these views has implications for the way the modern world is changing. [ 1 ] In part, McGilchrist's book, which is the product of twenty years of research, [ 2 ] reviews the evidence of previous related research and theories, and based on this and cultural evidence, the author arrives at his own conclusions. The Master and His Emissary received mostly favourable reviews upon its publication. Critics praised the book as being a landmark publication that could alter readers' perspective of how they viewed the world; A.C.
Books on behavioral science have been in vogue lately.
Those of us not entirely unsympathetic to the philosophical enterprise should be reassured by this memorable image, in itself almost all the recommendation this fascinating book needs. Julian Baggini is a practitioner who has evidently managed to retain, despite constant professional exposure to the writings of countless Great Minds, both a sense of humour and a healthy regard for human foibles and the fallibility of philosophers. That this book is both readable and comprehensible by ordinary mortals is no slight on Baggini's philosophical credentials. His intellect is sharper than most, and his verdicts on the self are delivered with a surprising degree of certitude.