March, 2018 Newsletter

March, 2018 Newsletter

March 23, 2018
Bernard Haisch, PhD
Is the Universe a Vast,
Consciousness-Created Simulation
and How Does This Affect Proofs of God?

Two luminaries of 20th century astrophysics were Sir James Jeans and Sir Arthur Eddington. Both took seriously the view that there is more to reality than the physical universe, and more to consciousness than simply brain activity. In his Science and the Unseen World (1929), Eddington speculated about a spiritual world and that "Consciousness is not wholly, nor even primarily a device for receiving sense impressions." Jeans also speculated on the existence of a universal mind and a non- mechanical reality, writing in his The Mysterious Universe (1932), "The universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine."

Haisch

Dr.Bernard Haisch will present the view that there exists a great consciousness whose mind acts as the hardware, and whose thoughts act as the software, creating a virtual universe in which we as beings of consciousness live. Bernie will also discuss Proof of God, his recent book with Ptolemy Tompkins.

TIME: Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)

PLACE: Unity Community Church – Y.E.S. Hall,
3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto,CA

Speaker's Bio

Bernard Haisch, PhD is an astrophysicist and author of more than 130 scientific publications, and three books: The God Theory, The Purpose-Guided Universe, and Proof of God. He was a scientific editor of theAstrophysical Journal for 10 years. His professional positions include deputy director of the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics at U.C. Berkeley, staff scientist at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab, and visiting scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik in Garching, Germany. He was also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Prior to his career in astrophysics, Haisch attended the St. Meinrad Seminary as a student for the Catholic priesthood. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Marsha Sims, his three children, Katherine, Taylor and Elizabeth, and his pet turtle Pogo.

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From The Economist
Dec 23, 2017 - Jan 5, 2018, page 56
"The new nationalism does not just insist on the differences between countries, it also thrives on the anger within them. Michal Bilewicz, a social psychologist at the University of Warsaw, explains this anger in terms of what his profession calls "agency"— the power to control your own life. Nationalism is determined not by patriotic ardour, he argues, but by self-esteem. Loyalty to the nation combined with confidence and trust favours altruism. By contrast, feelings of frustration and inadequacy tend to lead to narcissism.

"Men and women lacking in, or deprived of, agency look to nationalism to assure them that, in their own way, they are as good as everyone else — better, even. It is just that the world does not give them the respect they deserve. They are quick to identify with those they see as on their side and to show contempt for others, Mr. Bilewicz says. At the same time they are obsessed by how others see them. Their world is that of Carl Schmitt, a German Nazi and constitutional lawyer, who believed such conflict to be the fundamental stuff of politics, both within nations and between them: "The distinction specific to politics…is that between friend and enemy." In Schmitt's view, politics is a kind of civil war. Everything boils down to loyalty.

"Here is how altruists contrast with narcissists:

Look to the future—Rake over the past
Positive-sum—Zero-sum
Share—Exclude
Work together—Gang up
Improvement—Struggle
Opponents complement—Opponents are traitors
Immigrants add variety—They threaten our way of life
United by values—United by race and culture."
(see complete article online at
The Economist, Christmas Special, 2017 )

LOCAL FRIEND EVENTS


March 10: 12:30 am to 5:00 pm
San Jose Dowsers blog,
San Jose:

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March 18: 7:00 pm
Silicon Valley Health Institute,
Palo Alto:

Katherine Reid, PhD
Her topic is:
Unblind My Mind – We Are What We Eat

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South Bay IANDS
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