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COUNTERING MILITANT MATERIALISM
For fifty years now, the so-called 'skeptical' community, spear-headed by stage magician James Randi, has told us that if any claims of the paranormal (i.e. telepathy, psychokinesis, miracles, etc.) can be proved, the prover can win a million dollars. So far no one has been able to claim the prize, and some have inferred, therefore, that such things must be impossible, else, surely, someone would have won. Few, however, have read the fine print in the 'Amazing' Randi offer, which makes collecting the money somewhat more difficult than actually manifesting paranormal powers. One who has read Randi's fine print, and elected not to compete, is Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, the Cambridge trained biologist and author of the recent bestseller "Science Set Free" ("The Science Delusion" in the U.K.), and many other books.
Sheldrake has demonstrated clearly, with massive evidence, that so-called paranormal abilities, such as telepathy, are, in fact, common in both humans and animals. He has little use for Randi and his ilk, pointing out in a letter to "Skeptic Magazine," "Randi may have done a useful job in exposing fraudulent showmen, but he has no scientific credentials, and has made fraudulent claims himself." Randi and his fellow militant debunkers have made what is an essentially theological argument for the ultimate supremacy of the material world, but, as with most religions, have offered no proof. In what might be called 'The First Church of Reductionist Materialism,' their narrow worldview is held to be a fundamental doctrine which must not be questioned.
Now, best-selling author, Dr. Deepak Chopra, has moved to turn the tables on Randi and his co-religionists. A prize of one million dollars will be awarded to Randi or any of his fellows if--forget the 'paranormal'--they can explain the so-called 'normal.' Chopra's main point is that, so far, no one has been able to explain consciousness itself--aka the "hard problem" of science. Anyone that can publish a falsifiable explanation of consciousness in a peer review journal can win a million dollars to be paid by the wealthy Chopra himself. The announcement came in June in a YouTube video.
The response so far has been predictable. 'Skeptics' have ridiculed the offer. Typical is Jerry Coyne who suggested in his "Why Evolution Is True" blog that Chopra is embarrassing himself and is afflicted with a mental disorder. Among other things, Coyne complains about unkind comments made by Chopra about skeptics.
Suggestions that, while quick to hurl stones, militant atheists and materialists may, themselves, live in glass houses, clearly sting. The 'skeptics' can dish it out but can they take it? Apparently, no more than could the Catholic Church of the Dark Ages. In criticizing Rupert Sheldrake's book "A New Science of life," John Maddox the editor of "Nature," famously called it "a book for burning." Sheldrake described being on the receiving end of such a prescription as exactly like being excommunicated by the pope. He knew, he says, that he had become dangerous for other scientists to know. In the inquisitions of the Middle Ages, forbidden books and their authors were often consigned to the flames. Modern offenders like Sheldrake may not be burned at the stake but are, nevertheless, subjected to ostracism, rejection, and academic sanction. The net effect is comparable. When it occurs, we are all the losers.
For those who long for a more enlightened era when new ideas, which could benefit the world, can be examined on their merits, without subjugation to narrow doctrinal agendas, it is worth remembering that defensiveness of this sort is a sign of weakness, not strength. In their aggressive tactics, the current materialist establishment reveals an insecurity, doubtless born in the unconscious dread that nature itself, thus disrespected, will ultimately return the favor, rendering them powerless and as naked as the emperor with new clothes.
Contents in this full color down loadable PDF edition
REPORT FROM THE FRONT
Tracking the News of the Coming Energy Revolution
Can Compassionate Transmutation Transform A Paradigm?
THE FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGIST
The Mystery of Ancient Lenses and Glass
MORE PYRAMID FRAUD EVIDENCE
Did Howard-Vyse's Assistant Tamper with the Khufu Cartouche?
Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D:
THE PAN PERSPECTIVE
There Is More than One Way to Look at Human Origins
William B. Stoecker:
THE MYSTERIOUS MEANING IN ANCIENT MYTHS
Could the Stories Be Saying More than We Realized?
MENTAL RADIO & UPTON SINCLAIR
The Crusading Reformer Who Made the Case for a Non-Material Reality
GRADUATING FROM KINDERGARTEN
Dr. Eben Alexander Speaks of Lessons Learned While 'Dead'
Robert Schoch, Ph.D:
THE TANKERING AND THE PETROGLYPHS
Exploring Ancient Legacies in Norway
SCOTLAND'S CURIOUS CARVED STONE BALLS
Who made them, and why?
ANCIENT NUKES ON MARS
The Evidence for a Very Strange and Dark Past
THE MOONS OVER MARS
Quirks of Nature or Artificial?
The Surprising Case for Artificial Origins of Phobos and Deimos
New Takes on an Enduring Mystery
Could Instant Travel Be Coming Our Way?
How Long Before Scotty Can Beam Us All Up?
MEETING OF MONARCHS
Jupiter in Leo
There are two great enemies of progress, the aristocracy of royalty and the aristocracy of gold.
The Strange Power of Ancient Acoustics
Einstein's Brain Was Nothing Special, Says New Study
Aliens-or Maybe Not
- Alternative Possibilities - Andree Cuenod
- Ancient Aliens...Ancient Shmaliens - David Imhotep, Ph.D.
- Minds: Open and Otherwise - Greg May
- Missing Evidence - Paul Williams
- Shroud Theory - Ernst Brenner