Beyond The Self presents us with a striking new vision of consciousness and human spirituality within the framework of modern science. The author argues that science and religion need not be polar opposites, but rather aspects of the same world view. Barrows has produced a lucid, accessible book aimed at both general and specialist reader
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We are in an age of startling transformation. The wealth of insight brought with the reign of modern science, however, has also brought with it fears that human spirituality is being somehow undermined or threatened, and renewed the confusion surrounding our understanding of the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. Many notions of spirituality carry with them supernaturalist ideas that are difficult to reconcile with conventional wisdom, while the picture science paints of human nature can often seem sterile and nihilistic.
It is argued in this book that the conflict is entirely superficial. Examination of modern physics reveals fascinating paradoxes and philosophical issues which not only throws light on the issue of the ancient mind-body problem, but reveals a striking picture of the relationship between consciousness and matter that is echoed in ancient cosmologies and practises such as Buddhism, Taoism, The Qabalah, Zen, and many Occult and Magickal pursuits. A pantheistic picture is presented where the mystical, the physical and the psychological realms are viewed as aspects of a continuum ultimately sharing the same basis.
The basis of spirituality, far from being eroded, is being reinforced by our unfolding scientific insight. But its formulation must be renewed to embrace our growing understanding of the mechanics of physical existence. This book is an attempt to do just that.