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The Error in Russell’s Teapot

November 26, 2006

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The philosopher Bertrand Russell has a famous argument called “Russell’s teapot” which is related to the maxim: “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence,” i.e., the lack of evidence for something does not prove that it does not exist. For example, when the belief in God is attacked on the basis that there is […]

Compassion and Morality in Technology and Science

November 5, 2006

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Technology is an amplification of human power. Whether we’re talking about spears and fire or nuclear engergy and genetic engineering, technology increases our ability to influence ourselves and our environment. Thus, the more powerful our technology becomes, the greater the need for us to be aware of the consequences of our actions, and the more […]

Integral Ontology

November 4, 2006

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An ontology is an account of being, of reality. An ontology, in short, determines what is and is not real. For example, a materialist ontology assumes that matter is fundamentally real, while things like consciousness do not have any reality of their own. Consciousness is a mere function of matter (at best) or delusion (at […]

A Genuine Integration of Science and Spirit

November 4, 2006

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The conflict between science and religion in Western culture has its historical roots a few hundred years ago in the division of reality into material and spiritual halves. Science was given authority over the material world while religion retained authority over spiritual and moral issues. Since reality is a single whole, this artificial division of […]

What is Genuinely Integral?

November 4, 2006

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The contemporary “integral movement” has spawned everything from “integral energy” to “integral naked”. It seems that “integral this” or “integral that” is all the fad, replacing “quantum” as the buzzword of choice. But what do we really mean when we say something is “integral”? The word “integral” originally comes from the Latin, and literally means […]

Integral Epistemology

November 4, 2006

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Science, as it is normally thought of, is epistemologically limited, i.e., the source of its data is limited to what can be experienced by perception. A more integral science also admits data from conception (e.g., as in mathematical science) and spiritual insight (e.g., as in contemplative science). A true integration of these three experiential modes, […]