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Science, the paranormal and spirituality: A new beginning

2012, Spirituality Matters! The ASPSI e-Newsletter
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Dear SMN Subscriber,


It's a pleasure to invite you to attend this free Galileo Commission meeting with Prof Bernard Carr and Dr Doug Matzke on Thursday, 17 February, 5.00-6.30 PM (GMT).


There is no need to register, just make a note in your diary and we will send a Zoom link the day before.

Science, the paranormal and spirituality form a spectrum of sorts, ranging from the physical world and the logic that science uses to describe and probe it, to consciousness and intuition where the roots of the paranormal and spirituality can be found. The paranormal mediates between our scientific and spiritual worldviews, just as consciousness seems to bridge the enormous chasm between our internal mental image of self and the external material world. Therefore, a scientific study of paranormal phenomena seems the best way to understand spirituality at a higher level of physical reality than just our normal intuitive feelings for the world in which we live, our purpose in the world and how we interact with it. Within this context, the scientific study of the paranormal can be broken down into several historical periods. Each period coincides with specific developments and advances in scientific worldviews that are sometimes separated by paradigms shifts, both large and small. This fact is important because a new change in scientific worldview has recently begun to emerge and it coincides with new advances in the scientific study of consciousness which will greatly enhance and alter our worldview of the paranormal and spirituality.

Postmaterialist science assumes that science can be extended to accommodate consciousness and associated mental and spiritual experiences. This should entail some form of postmaterialist physics, going beyond classical and quantum physics, and indeed this is already a feature of some grand unified theories. This dialogue brings together two researchers who are developing different but complementary approaches along these lines. Dr Doug Matzke proposes that information underpins the extended physics and argues that a bit-physics universal simulation engine is built on space-like hyperspaces and proto-time. Dr Bernard Carr also invokes the notion of higher dimensions and argues that an extended view of space and time is required to describe both ordinary and extraordinary mental phenomena. Both approaches point to a deeper post-materialist reality, going beyond conventional physics, in which mind plays a crucial role.


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Professor Bernard Carr is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. For his PhD he studied the first second of the universe with Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University and Caltech. He then held Research Fellowships at Trinity College and the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge before moving to Queen Mary in 1985. His professional area of research is cosmology and astrophysics and includes such topics as the early universe, black holes, dark matter and the anthropic principle. He is the author of around 300 papers and the books Universe or Multiverse? and Quantum Black Holes. He is President of the Scientific and Medical Network and a former President of the Society for Psychical Research.

Doug Matzke


Dr. Doug Matzke is a prolific scientist, researcher, and presenter in his areas of expertise about limits of computation, hyperdimensional mathematics, neuro-computing, quantum computing, real intelligence, and metaphysics. During his 45-year career, he was chairman of two PhysComp '92/'94 workshops, contributed to fifteen disclosed patents with eight granted, has published more than fifty papers and presentations, and earned a PhD in Quantum Computing. Doug has adopted the moniker of “Quantum Doug” because he combines these deep-reality subjects as the source science beneath his quantum mind-based model of humanity.


Thursday, 17 February • 5:00-6:30 PM (GMT)
Post-Materialist Physics and the Search for a Deeper Reality


We will send a reminder and link on Wednesday, Feburary 16th, and look forward to seeing you.


With every good wish,


 David Lorimer,


Chair, Galileo Commission

Programme Director, Scientific and Medical Network
Editor, Paradigm Explorer






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