The second video in a series exploring the idea of transcendence vs. physicalism. Is the universe eternal or did it have a beginning? The “discovery” of a beginning with the Big Bang forced many scientists, including Einstein, to rethink their idea of a steady state universe. What does this mean for the belief that there is “something more,” something transcendent beyond time and space?

“Beginning” Video Script

We start at the beginning. The very beginning of all things — everything that we can know through observation. This includes our world, our universe, all matter, all forces and what we…

The second post comparing the interpretations of the quantum revolution and what is real by respected scientist and writers. The first examined Carlo Rovelli’s Helgoland and his “relational interpretation” of what is real. Here we look at the very different approach of Bernardo Kastrup, including Kastrup’s response to Rovelli’s interpretation.

Both Rovelli and Kastrup have the science credentials that allow them to speak from the high pedestal of science to espouse positions that are philosophical and not purely scientific. Unlike many scientists/philosophers like Laurence Krauss, Steven Weinberg, Sean Carroll, Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the late Stephen Hawking and Brian…

Part one of an analysis of what two scientist/philosophers have to say about the nature of reality in light of the quantum revolution. One works to preserve some semblance of the physicalist worldview, while the other turns it on its head. Both agree, reality is NOT what we think and what the advocates of the current materialistic worldview are selling.

These two agree the quantum revolution shows that what we think is real is not real. But, what is? Carlo Rovelli argues that nothing exists outside of relations. Kastrup argues that nothing exists outside of mind.

For some of us it is important to have an answer to the question of what is real. Is the chair I am sitting on made of real stuff? Why don’t I fall through the sidewalk? Do the images coming…

The first in a series of video posts that explore the big questions about what is real. This first video is 4:45 minutes long and introduces the series with the most basic question: Why? Why is the universe here? Why does it feature life? And why are we here? This suggests there are two roads to travel on the journey to find answers –– a road of physicalism in which matter and forces are all there is and all there ever will be, or the road of “something more.”

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Video 1 Introduction: The Two Roads

How did we get here? What is “here,” this thing…

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We are not nihilists by nature. We believe in meaning, in hope, in purpose. But physicalism logically demands a rejection of most everything that makes life worthwhile and even bearable. The greatest tragedy of those selling the physicalist belief system is the harm to those who take its claims seriously and follow them to their logical conclusion. This is the 25th in the Case Against Physicalism series.

There may be some who would question my assertion that physicalism taken to its logical conclusion requires the rejection of all meaning and purpose. First, what do we mean by nihilism? …

Photo by Dallas Reedy on Unsplash Famed mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson proposed in 1979 that “sentient gas” could allow for intelligence to exist beyond the heat death of the universe. Is this idea natural or supernatural? What determines whether an idea fits in either category?

What is “natural” and what is “supernatural?” The separation of these two categories of “reality” contributed to the deep divide between science and religion or faith. Science dealt with the natural. Religion dealt with the supernatural. But, since what is natural is all that exists, that means that religion has nothing to say about what is real or the nature of reality.

The distinction as we understand it today is relatively new. Some say that Thales of Miletus was the first “scientist” and in the 6th century BCE he initiated “natural philosophy” by separating the natural from the supernatural. While…

Physicalism says death is the end. Period. Virtually all of humankind, from the very earliest to those living today, disagree. Belief in the afterlife began prior to the emergence of homo sapiens, and despite two or more centuries of physicalist belief, over 90% of Americans continue to believe in life after death or some form of immortality. Is this, most basic intuition of humans wrong? Or, might physicalism be wrong? The 24th post in The Case Against Physicalism.

“Being 97” is a powerful short documentary by Andrew Hasse. The filmmaker documented the last days of his grandfather, an existentialist philosopher who at the age of 77 wrote a book about death. As an existentialist and physicalist, he argued that death is natural and should not be feared. Our ideas of death were what needed to change. But, twenty years later, the reality of his wife’s death and his own impending death caused serious rethinking of his earlier convictions.

Death is a scandal. It is wrong, just plain wrong. It offends our sense of justice, our sense of how things were…

Art is uniquely and pervasively human. We know that art has been an important part of human experience from the very beginnings of such experience. But how are we to explain the existence of art and the creative impulse that drives it? This is the 23rd in the series The Case Against Physicalism.

Image: Wikipedia. “Art” created by the famous painting chimp “Congo.” The works created by this primate were heralded as sophisticated art and even Picasso hung one in his studio. Trained elephants also paint as do dolphins and beluga whales and even a bunny named “Bini.” But, is it art? Or is art a uniquely human activity and experience. if so, why does it exist? We explore the difference between a bottom-up physicalist explanation and my own personal explanation based on a top-down belief system.

In this series we are considering whether the universe, life and we who experience it can be best understood from a top-down — a transcendent or “something more” understanding, or a bottom-up — an exclusive physicalist understanding. This discussion is part of the series The Case Against…

This is a response to Graham Pemberton’s latest post continuing an ongoing discussion about the resurrection of Jesus. Graham prefers an allegorical understanding and here I respond to this as an alternative to a historical fact understanding.

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Hello Graham, once again you have honored me and my thoughts on these issues with an in-depth and thoughtful response. Hearing your answers to some of my questions and issues raised has helped me gain a better understanding of you and where you stand. For example, the reference to circumambulation is quite helpful (haven’t gotten into the book on Jung yet but looking…

Separation of church and state in our nation has led to the ban against any idea involving intention, design, a creator or God. But science and popular culture are adopting ideas of a multiverse, of superintelligences, of simulated worlds and transhumanism. These include the belief that our world is created and manipulated by an intelligence far beyond our own. Will these ideas also be rejected? Or will they show that the current interpretation of the constitution is unfairly biased? This is the 22nd post in the series The Case Against Physicalism.

Photo by author. A derelict country school house near Pomeroy, Washington. Schools such as this had freedom to teach ideas about science that since have been banned. But, will new ideas emerging from science lead to a rethinking of what can be allowed to be taught in our schools?

What are our public schools allowed to teach about…

Gerald R. Baron

Husband, father, grandfather, semi-retired, farm advocate, author, communicator. Deeply curious about science, nature, spirit and history.

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