Consciousness Cafe Upcoming Event
The Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes

Monday 2nd December, 2019

Arrival time: 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 

David Lorimer - Gnosis in a Science of Consciousness

The classical scholar Peter Kingsley has argued in a series of books that the origins of Western philosophy are to be found in direct experiences of mysticism and gnosis rather than in Socratic dialogue and reasoning, which was a later development. We have lost our roots and centre represented by the Self, and our identity is primarily shaped by outer factors corresponding to the third person and quantitative perspective of modern science. This also corresponds to what Iain McGilchrist would understand as the cultural dominance of the left hemisphere at the expense of the right. The last 50 years have seen the rise of interest in mystical and near death experiences and their significance for the nature of consciousness and reality. I will suggest that these are one expression of non-dual gnosis that can give us an insight into deeper structures of consciousness where head and heart come together, pointing to an overall participatory approach beyond the dichotomy of subject and object.

David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA is a writer, lecturer and editor who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and has been editor of Paradigm Explorer for over 30 years. He is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including The Spirit of Science, Thinking beyond the Brain, Science, Consciousness and Ultimate Reality and Radical Prince. His early books on death and near-death experiences, Survival? and Resonant Mind were republished in 2017.

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