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What do mystics experience?

For thousands of years, there have been mystics who describe an experience of a transcendent reality that most humans beings do not have.  In different cultures and religions, this experience takes various forms, but they all seem to revolve around a loss of a sense … Continue reading

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The BBC is hosting a stargazing programme asking amateur astronomers to find galaxies in far outer space.  An engineer living in England, Zbigniew ‘Zbish’ Chetnik, has an observatory in his garden at home, and was the first person to spot a … Continue reading

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The quest without end

Science cannot arrive at an ultimate truth.  Science searches for understanding, not for Truth. Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Astrophysicist Burnell’s understanding of religion – she is a life-long Quaker -is similar.  She believes we need to continue to explore our … Continue reading

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Life after death: is proof possible?

Until about 200 years ago, most human beings believed that some kind of life continued after death.  In fact, most people usually lived with a lively sense of the presence of the dead in their own lives. Then a change … Continue reading

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What is the mind?

Every once in a while, when I am overwhelmed with just how gob-smackingly beautiful humans can be and wonder at our amazing capacity to think, I remember why I’m a scientist but not a reductionist.  Some of the brightest minds … Continue reading

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What is the God Particle?

Scientists who recently switched on the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are looking for what has been called “the God Particle.”  But what is the God Particle, and how did it earned its exalted name? Right now scientists (let alone … Continue reading

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Is there God?

People who believe in God and those who don’t often find each other incomprehensible.  Even worse, they tend to think the worst of each other.  The believers fear for the salvation of the unbelievers, while the non-believers often secretly – … Continue reading

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