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  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    I don't know that I am clever enough to do this book justice. It is an eminently interesting and accessible read documenting the rise of the ego within the human mind, explaining how different peoples lived peacefully side by side in a manner we now all need to work towards individually and documents the events that led to fear, hatred and ultimately wars.

    A fascinating book that I totally recommend so thanks to Netgalley for introducing me to Steve Taylor's work. ~ Anne Rodgers, NetGalley

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    Probably one of the most important books ever written. ~ Paul Tansley , NetGalley

  • Pandeism: An Anthology
    Knujon Mapson
    A fascinating and most insightful read on a "religion" i have been following without knowing completely that I have. Numerous in depth contributions from some of the finest thinkers and practitioners of this way. It's a study guide as well as provocative source of argument for yet another vein of spirituality. A book I will read many more times, as each underlined sentence takes new meaning at various phases in my life. ~ Cheryl Townsend-Grimm , https://cherylatownsend.tumblr.com/post/174614921971/pandeism-an-anthology

  • Western Philosophy Made Easy
    Dennis Waite
    Approachable - ideal for a beginner who is dipping their toe into the water of philosophy and wondering which areas might be of interest for them to explore. I for one am off to seek out Spinoza! ~ Alison Cross, NetGalley

  • Idea of the World, The
    Bernardo Kastrup
    Bernardo Kastrup has contributed at many levels to the development of [an] emerging vision, and this fine new book gives me real hope that the main barrier to its widespread acceptance ... is on the verge of collapse. A major inflection point in modern intellectual history is close at hand! ~ Edward F. Kelly

  • Idea of the World, The
    Bernardo Kastrup
    It is hard to find a book that would not just repeat works already published but instead build on them and present a coherent whole. The Idea of the World does this marvellously. By articulating his ontology precisely, Bernardo builds a formidable castle of potent ideas. ~ Menas C. Kafatos

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    Has the sweep of H G Wells' 'Outline of History'... Read it straight through like a novel. ~ Independent on Sunday (Books of the year)

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    Steve Taylor has produced a major work. It is a powerful message and a beacon of hope in a world in which fear still rules supreme. ~ Scientific and Medical Network Review

  • Fall, The (new edition with Afterword)
    Steve Taylor
    The Fall is one of the most notable works of the first years of our century, and I am convinced it will be one of the most important books of the whole century. ~ Elias Capriles, International Journal of Transpersonal Studies

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    I've recently read Is Intelligence an Algorithm? by Antonin Tuynman -- an excellent book with many pandeistic overtones.

    Tuynman brings two gifts to bear on this topic -- a creative mind capable of making insightful connections, and a facility with communicative language with which to explain these connections in the most fluid of terms. Combining these, this book does an outstanding job of introducing ideas like the progression of complexity through stages both observed and rationally projected to come in the future, of the cognitive processes which arise during these steps, and of the reasoning processes which arise from these cognitive processes. Notably, the idea of the fundamental physics of our Universe inevitably bringing forth these levels of complexity (and perhaps being intended to do so) is a key thought in Pandeism.

    He dives therefrom into straightening out dizzying further implications of how these might manifest in the coming technology of artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness (especially in a potential quantum computing environment). Throughout, the book ties together the ideas of a world class selection of theorists on the grounds of reality and consciousness, and rises up to be much greater than the sum of its parts. ~ Knujon Mapson, Author of Pandeism: An Anthology

  • Western Philosophy Made Easy
    Dennis Waite
    I would consider Western Philosophy Made Easy a go-to resource when considering individual figures (Spinoza made more sense after reading this book), and for getting a wide view of many thinkers. Author Dennis Waite breaks down complex thoughts and intricate theories into chewable pieces for the reader. This book took me back to my early days of first encountering philosophy and the long, long list of names that often get peppered into academic discussions.

    ~ JD DeHart , NetGalley

  • Western Philosophy Made Easy
    Dennis Waite
    Waite does give a good summary of the history of philosophy and covers the major players in thought throughout European history. Although only briefly covered, Waite manages to give the high points of each philosopher. The book offers a starting point for the novice and enough information for the reader to branch out on his own further reading. A good primer of Western philosophy. ~ Evil Cyclist, https://evilcyclist.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/book-review-western-philosophy-made-easy-a-personal-search-for-meaning/

  • Time To Tell
    Ronald Green
    Praise for Nothing Matters: 'Green succeeds in opening up pathways to a new way of looking at the world.' ~ Geoff Ward, Suite 101.com

  • Digital Consciousness
    Jim Elvidge
    In this amazing book, Jim Elvidge presents powerful evidence that this seemingly physical universe is, at its purest level, created out of digital information. This revolutionary new understanding of the inner-workings of reality has been around for a few years but in this much needed book Jim takes the reader through a systematic, and jargon-free, review of exactly why more and more scientists are accepting that the present materialist-reductionist paradigm is about to be replaced by a far wider, and all-inclusive model of reality whereby consciousness, as the interpreter of digital information, becomes central. Digital Consciousness is an essential primer into the great paradigm-change that awaits us in the next few years. In short, if your head does not spin after reading this book you have not understood it! ~ Anthony Peake, author of Opening the Doors of Perception

  • Mental Penguins
    Ivelin Sardamov
    This important study explores the social and educational consequences of digital immersion for modified brain structure and intellectual capacity.Essential reading for education departments around the world and anyone concerned with the future of education and the development of our children. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Pandeism: An Anthology
    Knujon Mapson
    Few readers will have heard of the term "pandeism", the proposition that the Creator of our Universe created by becoming our Universe, but this extensive anthology fills the gap. There are many good analytical essays in this volume. A stimulating collection articulating an interesting viewpoint. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Logic of Enlightenment, The
    Dave S. Henley
    Subtitled ‘a cognitive theory of spirituality’, this searching and analytical book should, according to its own argument, have been subtitled ‘a non-conceptual theory of spirituality.’ It ranges over philosophical and spiritual themes from East and West involving our fundamental orientation in life, the nature of the self, paradox and meaning. Writers like Tolstoy have arrived at the limits of logic and rationality and suffer a loss of meaning that can only be transcended through a new form of perception and understanding as given in mystical experience, which the author explores. The self is recontextualised within the Self, the separation inherent in the mental and conceptual is transcended. This process highlights the limitations of Western philosophy, encapsulated in the Upanishads: ‘that which is not comprehended by the mind but by which the mind comprehends - know that to be Brahman.’ Meister Eckhart realised this, but not Descartes or David Hume. They did not arrive at a state of pure consciousness, which is the underlying feature of meditation. Henley explores the nature of paradox and contradiction, and it is here that there is a large gap in his reading, namely Iain McGilchrist’s work The Master and his Emissary, with its discussion of the different capacities of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Paradoxes are generated by the very operating system of the left hemisphere, but can be understood intuitively by the right (the same applies to jokes). So part of the argument attributed solely to mystical experience can also be resolved by understanding the relative roles of the hemispheres. The rest has to do with the development of self-awareness through spiritual practice that transcends thought so as to allow a direct experience of pure consciousness or the Tao or Atman. This is not so much a conceptual change (p. 146) as a move beyond concepts and indeed the existential choices of continental philosophy (although, as he points out, it is related to the fall and redemption of man). So the level of enlightenment involves ‘not only knowing who you are, but also a higher form of intelligence’ (p. 205). Given that enlightenment is by definition inconceivable, it can only be represented by symbols, which is what religions have done. For Henley, the path involves surrendering the primacy of conceptual thought (of which this book is full!) and taking up a spiritual practice that puts one consciously on the path. This is a stimulating exploration for readers conditioned by Western rationality. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • In the Absence of Human Beauty
    Matthew Alun Ray
    Subtitled ‘philosophical fragments’ – an apt description of the episodic and at times gnomic content - this book sounds rather like Wittgenstein in opening with the sentence that ‘It is not that our search for satisfaction has its limits, but that satisfaction is itself a limit.’ Later on the same page we have ‘that which is now no longer exists. It never did.’ Neither of these two fragments has an accompanying commentary, which is the case with many of the others, and mystics would certainly disagree with the second statement. In the course of these explorations, many of which are devoted to the theme of the Other, the author engages with Heidegger, Schopenhauer, Levinas, Nietzsche and others. In bridging the gap (p. 38), Ray feels that non-conceptual experience or feeling is more important than knowledge; and between the philosophical musings are other fragments of the life of a couple wrestling with some of the same issues, as well as with language. There are many stimulating lines of thought for philosophically minded readers. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • On Being Human
    Michael N. Marsh
    . Michael Marsh has an interesting background as University lecturer in medicine and consulting gastroenterologist specialising in immunopathology. He returned to Oxford to do a degree in theology and wrote his D Phil thesis on near death and out of body experiences, published in 2010. Unfortunately, I did not see this book at the time. This new book reflects his interest in ethical outcomes of medical practice and biomedical research. It deals with the four D’s of distinctiveness, dignity, disability and disposal, and encompasses a vast range of theoretical and practical issues. The first part draws on evolutionary anthropology, genetics and epigenetics, consciousness studies and the acquisition of language to build up a picture of human distinctiveness. Under dignity, he discusses theological approaches to personhood and the question of whether moral status can be ascribed to the human embryo/foetus. In this regard, he goes back to the Warnock report of the mid-1980s and argues for the bold position of ascribing moral status from the moment of conception as a human being with a unique genome. Being disabled, dysfunctional or disfigured should have no bearing on basic human dignity. Under disposal, he considers abortion and infanticide at one end of life, and assisted death and suicide at the other. He comes up with his own well argued case while sounding appropriate cautionary notes. Both the introduction and final resumé give very clear account of his argument and enhance the reader’s understanding about the depth of being human. As an aside, I find it interesting that he gave an example of ‘presence in absence’ by speaking about a visit from his grown children where the conversation revolves around the practical what rather than the deeper who, and one is left wondering how well one still knows them. Anyone deeply concerned with these ethical issues will be greatly enriched by reading this careful book. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Is Intelligence an Algorithm?
    Antonin Tuynman
    I began this book expecting it to be an analysis of how intelligence was an algorithm. But don't let the title fool you. This book is sooo much more! It's actually an exploration of intelligence itself and all things related. Not only what it is. And how how it relates to our own emotions, reasoning, intuition, and the hard problem of consciousness itself. But also how we can utilize our own intelligence in the most optimal fashion (with profound strategies given in a clear and readable way). As well as an exciting exploration of the future of intelligence as it relates to artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness.

    So, I fully recommend this as a great read to anyone interested in the fields of intelligence, artificial intelligence, consciousness, futurism, and/or transhumanism. And it's worth a read based on its novel breakdown of the 'webmind' alone as well as the fact that it is full of such incredibly useful ideas as 'e-prime language'. Which I will be eternally thankful to this book for introducing me to.
    ~ Jonathan Jones, NetGalley

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