From the Author
I wrote this book because I wanted to help make the world a better place. Along the way my life was changed by what I discovered.
After decades studying the issues of environmental destruction, poverty and war, I concluded that the foundations for a better future are missing. We are at a time in the history of civilization when the certainties of the old worldview have disintegrated, and the concrete of a new worldview has not yet set. A key task, it seems to me, is to lay new philosophical and spiritual foundations on which we can build our future. New technologies, policies and laws are vital, but they will fail without strong foundations. Nothing less than radical change in our understanding of the universe, and of the meaning and purpose of life will do.
So I set out to explore what was happening at the cutting edges of science in order to create a coherent picture of the universe and our relationship to it that could form the basis of a more just, sustainable and peaceful future. What I found exceeded my wildest expectations, leading me on a personal journey that transformed my beliefs and life. Rather than the mechanical, alienating, meaningless vision of reality bequeathed to us by classical science, I found a living, conscious, interconnected, meaningful and purposeful universe of which we are co-creators. And I found a vision which resonates strongly with the beliefs and wisdom of many ancient spiritual traditions.
In exploring the emerging worldview, my intellectualism became balanced by an appreciation of experiential, intuitive, spiritual and other ways of knowing. I began to understand the limitations of human knowledge, and to look for ways to test the reliability of what we think we know that complement the scientific method. So the science of oneness is more than a coherent portrait of reality; it is also a holistic way of knowing that comes from personal experience, intuition and an inner sense of rightness as well as from reason and modern science.
My aim was not just to satisfy intellectual curiosity, but to change lives and the world. If this book is to fulfil my aims, it is important that you, my readers engage critically with the ideas presented. Many of the concepts may be new to you, and you may feel ill-equipped to evaluate them. But you have your own life experience, imagination, and conceptual frameworks by which you make sense of the universe. I encourage you to bring all these, to bring your whole self, to bear on the material. Question and challenge it, and reinterpret its meaning where appropriate. Seek what makes coherent sense of the whole of reality, not just its separate parts; and seek what makes sense physically, emotionally and spiritually as well as intellectually. Trust your inner voice, not mine. Remodel your understanding of reality as necessary, and act out of what you learn.
The journey of this book began more than a decade ago. I am not the person I was when I set out. My ideas have evolved and developed, and are continuing to shift. This book is not a set of ideas to be accepted or rejected, but an invitation to join me on a life-long voyage of discovery. At times the terrain is dry, and the going hard and steep. Ive focused on key concepts and avoided technical jargon as far as possible, but its still a rugged journey. But the view from the summit is stupendous, giving new and glorious insights into the nature of the universe, our planet and ourselves; and bringing a new sense of identity and purpose, and a new hope for the future.
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THE SCIENCE OF ONENESS
A WORLDVIEW FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
This major work provides a world view for the twenty-first century. It outlines the philosophy and methods of a new Science of Oneness, and takes a fresh look at the findings of modern science. Weaving together the insights of science, spiritual traditions and diverse cultures, it balances openness to all sources of knowledge with critical evaluation of their reliability. Each Part offers activities, guided meditations, and thought-provoking questions and quotations to stimulate intuitive as well as intellectual understanding.
The Science of Oneness presents a scientifically valid vision of reality that is conscious, creative, loving, and purposeful. It provides a coherent world view for cultural creatives, the holism movement, and everyone searching for meaning in our fragmented world. And it challenges us all to help guide the evolution of humanity and the Earth in positive directions.
This is a landmark book. Chris Clarke, Visiting Professor in Applied Mathematics, Southampton University
An exciting and informative journey through the universe from the moment of the Big Bang to the mysteries of human consciousness. David Peat, Pari Center for New Learning
A wonderful book, highly recommended. Ravi Ravindra, author of Science and the Sacred, Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A veritable tour de force. David Lorimer, Programme Director, Scientific and Medical Network
A breathtaking review
a feast for the intellect. Vic Mansfield, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Colgate University, and author of Head and Heart: A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred
This hits the nail on the head. Ervin Laszlo, Founder and President of the Club of Budapest, Visiting Professor at Stuttgart University
Malcolm Hollicks vision is the right medicine, at the right time, for the right reasons. This compelling book should be widely read. Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
Passionate and intelligent. Visionary and practical. Warmly recommended. William Bloom, author of Soulution: The Holistic Manifesto
After a long academic career spanning many disciplines, Malcolm Hollick left the University of Western Australia in 1997 to join the Findhorn Community in Scotland. He was foundation Principal of Findhorn Foundation College, and is currently a member of the Steering Group for the University for Spirit Forum in the UK.