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Spiritual Science: Why Science Needs Spirituality to Make Sense of the World Paperback – 20 Sep 2018
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Materialism is dead. It just doesn't know it Spiritual Science shows the mechanistic worldview is passé and that the science that once seemed to support it has well and truly moved on. --Gary Lachman author of Lost Knowledge of the Imagination
A brilliant and eloquent book that is essential reading for our times. --David Lorimer, author of Paradigm Explorer.
At long last, here we have a thoughtful and accessible treatment of the deep and false divide between science and spirit that has been created by materialism.
Dr Julia Mossbridge, author of Transcendent Mind and The Premonition Code
This is the best book on the mind-body problem I have yet to read.
Michael Grosso, PhD, author of The Man Who Could Fly
A highly readable account of some of the issues and ''rogue phenomena''[...] he also takes on difficult new topics such as altruism and evolution
Edward F. and Emily W. Kelly, lead authors of Irreducible Mind
In this important book, Steve Taylor convincingly argues that the materialist paradigm has run its course ...it is time we all sat up and took note. --Dr. Penny Sartori, author of The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences
About the Author
Steve Taylor is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. For the last six years he has been included in Watkins Mind, Body, Spirit magazine's list of the '100 most spiritually influential living people.' His books include Waking From Sleep, The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, and his latest book The Leap (published by Eckhart Tolle). His books have been published in 19 languages, while his articles and essays have been published in over 40 academic journals, magazines and newspapers, including Philosophy Now, Tikkun, The Daily Express, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology and others. He regularly appears in the media in the UK, and has recently been featured on BBCRadio 5, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC World TV, and BBC World Service radio.
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Since my search began I've been richly rewarded and lately it's led me to Steve Taylor.
Meticulously researched, this book elegantly presents a persuasive alternative to the still prevailing paradigm of materialism: the belief (and belief it is) that reality can only be measured in terms of physical particles and that humans are little more than selfish machines with no purpose other than to replicate.
Having had an inexplicable spiritual experience as a child, I've always known there's more to reality than meets the eye (or measuring instrument) and Steve Taylor presents a wealth of material to back such experiences up.
There's so much to get your teeth into in this book, I wanted to read it twice and the second time learned even more! In essence it shows how science and spirituality can in fact be complementary in solving the ancient mysteries of why we're here and where we're going and how the two should be working in harmony to solve the myriad crises faced by humanity. I do hope the book will be discussed in the mainstream media.......
In Taylor's previous books he focused on different aspects of his main research inquiry that examined the psychology of octimal adaptive human functioning. This is better known as what Steve Taylor defines as experiences of temporary and permanent states of spiritual awakening. Exploring within his decade long vocational work, themes such as, "the sleep state", "emotional turmoil experiences" that lead to life transformations, and categorising different types of "spiritual awakening experiences".
Like no one else within the scientific research community Steve Taylor has put spiritual awakening on the map as a serious and important subject to research and study. And the implications of Steve Taylor's work has the capability of promoting more fullfilling and meaningful lives for the many people in the world today who are searching for something that our modern athetist and materialist culture seems to lack and can never provide. That is, purpose, meaning and values, which can guide us on our path until we realise our full humanity and fully conscious state in this world.
In Spiritual Science Steve Taylor gives us in a revolutionary and pioneering spirit a new metaphysical perspective as a framework to guide our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. This Steve Taylor defines as "Panspiritism". This is in contrast to the two better known metaphysical perspectives described as "materialism/scientism" and "dualism". By introducing this radically original and novel framework into modern metaphysics terminology Steve Taylor has constructed a framework of explanation and meaning for many people who may identify themselves as either being religious or spiritual. In relation, when psychoanalysis and behaviourism ruled modern psychology in the 1960s - Humanistic Psychology appeared as the third force within psychology as a modern academic discipline. In terms of modern metaphysical frameworks that dominate around the early 21st century Steve Taylor has done something equally noteworthy in articulating the much needed panspiritism perspective.
But what is Panspiritism? It is has similarities with panpsychism. However, panpsychism argues that mind is primary, whereas panspiritism proposes that spirit-force or universal consciousness is primary. In other words, everything is spirit essence, while both matter and mind are derived from spirit essence. Taylor demonstrates this isnothing new, but something he recognises throughout human history. For example, within the lives of people from indigenous cultures, mystical traditions and the work of the great poets. However, what is new is how Taylor has provided us with a framework to interpret and understand this with a clarity and simplicity not often creatively brought to life in writing.
Steve Taylor in his new book has the boldness -or some may say- the audacity -to take on some of the Atheist big guns in his new book. For example, Huxley, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett - to name a few. However, a stand out feature in his book is the chapter on psychic phenomena. A subject that few scientists or researcher psychologists would dare speak up about in such a contraversial way. More than likely out of fear of being shunned or alienated because of their views by the mainstream academic and scientific community. However, Steve Taylor is no shrinking violet. He should be commended or even appauded for the well thought out and reasoned arguments he puts forward in openness and support of the potential validity of psychic phenomena. Furthermore Steve Taylor even holds out an olive branch out to the collossus of new age spirituality, philosophy and transpersonal psychology Ken Wilber. By Taylor using Wilber's Pre-trans fallacy concept to eloquently describe psychic phenomena in a way that amplifies a more nuanced and refined understanding - when previously such psychic phenomena has been cast off in a bin simplified and undifferentiated in terms of its illuminating complexity.
Steve Taylor can hold his head up proud when he set to work at what he wanted to achieve in this new book. A description and analysis of the two main metaphysical perspectives of how we understand ourselves and the world. Also he has developed a fresh and novel metaphysical framework to provide a source of meaning and understanding not currently known or updated for many people living in the modern world. An analysis of what a materialist perspective cannot provide in explanation, whereas a panspiritism perspective can and does provide through the use of a greater sophistication in thinking and reasoning. The type of spiritual perspective I feel that can only arise out of a less limited conception of reality, and is only born out of a genuine yearning for something more and expansive. Something subtle, yet not yet known.
Thank you, Steve Taylor. A voice in the darkness that reached out towards the light.