Book Reviews

  • (CGY), (AMTI) and (CC) An East-West Odyssey David Lorimer CONSCIOUSNESS, GANDHI AND YOGA (CGY) Edited by B. Sambasiva Prasad DK Printworld, 2013, 360 pp. ISBN 978-81-246-0715-2 Buy Consciousness, Gandhi and Yoga (CGY) here. AGELESS MIND AND TIMELESS IDEAS (AMTI) Edited by V. Balamohandas and K.R. Rajani DK Printworld, 2016, 186 pp. ISBN 978-81-346-0847-0 Buy Ageless Mind and Timeless Idea (AMTI) here. CULTIVATING CONSCIOUSNESS (CC) K. Ramakrishna Rao et al. DK Printworld, 2014, 380 ...
  • A Forgotten Truth and The Sacred Quest A Science of the Spirit David Lorimer A FORGOTTEN TRUTH D.M.A. (Peter) Leggett and Max Payne White Crow Books, 2016 (1986), 237 pp. ISBN: 978-1-910121-98-6 Buy A Forgotten Truth here. THE SACRED QUEST D.M.A. Leggett White Crow Books, 2016 (1987), 237 pp. ISBN: 978-1-78677-000-4 Buy The Sacred Quest here.   Many readers will be familiar with Max Payne, whose obituary we published in this Review last summer, and who ...
  • A New Psychology of Human Well-Being Buy A New Psychology of Human Well-Being here.  Ego-Soul Dynamics David Lorimer A NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN WELL-BEING Richard Barrett (SMN) Fulfilling Books, 2016, 478 pp. ISBN: 978-1-326-59145-8   Much contemporary discussion of well-being has focused on happiness, although the work of Martin Seligman in positive psychology has extended to meaning, an interesting comparison with this ground breaking work by Richard Barrett, where ...
  • After Lives, The Myth of the Afterlife and An Atheist in Heaven The Context of Life David Lorimer AFTER LIVES John Casey Oxford, 2015, 468 pp. ISBN: 978-0-19-997503-7 Buy After Lives here. THE MYTH OF THE AFTERLIFE Edited by Michael Martin and Keith Augustine Rowman and Littlefield, 2015, 675 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8108-8677-3 Buy The Myth of the Afterlife here. AN ATHEIST IN HEAVEN Paul Davids and Gary E. Schwartz with John Allison Yellow Hat Publishing, 2016, 469 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9890242-4-2 The Life after Death Project ...
  • An Essay on Metaphysics Buy An Essay on Metaphysics here. Presuppositions are not Propositions David Lorimer AN ESSAY ON METAPHYSICS R.G. Collingwood Martino, 2014 (Clarendon Press 1940), 354 pp. ISBN: 978-1-61427-615-9   R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943) was a philosopher, archaeologist and historian, who was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford. His father was a painter and archaeologist, and between 1911 and 1934 he concentrated on archaeology, becoming ...
  • An Uncommon Collaboration Buy An Uncommon Collaboration here. Intelligence and Insight David Lorimer AN UNCOMMON COLLABORATION David Edmund Moody Alpha Centauri Press, 2017, 300 pp. ISBN: 978-0-692-85427-3   The author is surely correct in describing the collaboration between Krishnamurti (1895-1986) and David Bohm (1917-1992) as uncommon, since, as he points out, most collaborations take place within the same discipline. There is no doubt that they were both ...
  • Belonging to God Buy Belonging to God here. Fractal Consciousness David Lorimer BELONGING TO GOD William Keepin PhD Skylight Paths, 2016, 246 pp. ISBN: 978-1594736216   Subtitled ‘spirituality, science and the universal path of divine love’ and with a foreword by Fr Thomas Keating, this book breaks new ground in bringing together the mystical core of devotional paths across Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. The six chapters, each ...
  • Beyond Matter: Why Science Needs Metaphysics Buy Beyond Matter: Why Science Needs Metaphysics here. Science, Naturalism and Post-Modernism John Maxwell Kerr, SOSc. BEYOND MATTER: WHY SCIENCE NEEDS METAPHYSICS Roger Trigg Templeton Press, 2015. 162 pp. ISBN: 978-1-59947-495-3   Here is Roger Trigg at his most incisive and succinct as he returns to his examination of where the limits of the modern scientific enterprise might legitimately lie. He makes a clear ...
  • Cosmosapiens Buy Cosmosapiens here. Ultimate Questions David Lorimer COSMOSAPIENS John Hands Duckworth, 2015, 704 pp. ISBN: 978-0-715-649558   10 years in the making, this tour de force is a critical examination of scientific theories and evidence – systematic observation or experiment – about the origin and evolution of matter, life, consciousness and humankind. As such, it could scarcely be more ambitious, but the result is ...
  • Dying to Wake Up Buy Dying to Wake Up here. Deep Transformation David Lorimer DYING TO WAKE UP Dr Rajiv Parti with Paul Perry Hay House, 2016, 222 pp. ISBN: 978-1-78180-726-2   This extraordinary story joins the likes of Proof of Heaven by Dr Eben Alexander and Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani as a classic of recent NDE literature and with the same essential message of ...
  • I: Reality and Subjectivity Buy I: Reality and Subjectivity here. Self, Enlightenment and God David Lorimer I – REALITY AND SUBJECTIVITY David R. Hawkins MD, PhD Hay House, 2003, 589 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4019-4500-8   This is the most brilliant and extraordinary book I have read on the nature of subjective reality and the spiritual path. About three years ago, I reviewed a previous book by David Hawkins, Power ...
  • Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks Buy Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks here. Busy Bodies make Clever Bodies Olly Robinson INTELLIGENCE IN THE FLESH: Why your mind needs your body much more than it thinks Guy Claxton Yale University Press, 2016, 344 pp. ISBN: 978-0300223477 The work I do as an academic is really rather unhealthy. It involves countless ...
  • Making Sense of Near-Death Experiences and Near-Death Experiences – Understanding Visions of the Afterlife Death and Transcendent Reality David Lorimer MAKING SENSE OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES Edited by Mahendra Perera, Karuppiah Jagadheesan and Anthony Peake Jessica Kingsley, 2012, 176 pp. ISBN: 978-1-84905-149-1 Buy Making Sense of Near-Death Experiences here. NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES – UNDERSTANDING VISIONS OF THE AFTERLIFE John Martin Fischer and Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin Oxford, 2016, 191 pp. ISBN: 978-0-19-046660-2 Buy Near-Death Experiences – Understanding Visions of the Future here. Over the last 40 years, ...
  • Parapsychology – A Handbook for the 21st Century Buy Parapsychology – A Handbook for the 21st Century here. Unveiled Reality David Lorimer PARAPSYCHOLOGY – A Handbook for the 21st Century Edited by Etzel Cardeña, John Palmer and David Marcusson-Clavertz Macfarland, 2015, 414 pp. ISBN: 9-780786-489160   This comprehensive volume updates the original Handbook that was published back in 1977 – so nearly 40 years ago. During that time, more research has taken ...
  • Participation and the Mystery Buy Participation and the Mystery here. Emancipatory Enaction David Lorimer PARTICIPATION AND THE MYSTERY Jorge Ferrer (SMN) SUNY Press, 2017, 376 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4384-6487-9   Jorge Ferrer is Professor of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, author of the seminal Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality, and co-editor of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies, both of ...
  • Psychic Phenomena and the Brain: Exploring the Neurophysiology of PSI PSI and the Brain Robert Charman PSYCHIC PHENOMENA AND THE BRAIN: EXPLORING THE NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF PSI Bryan J Williams Australian Institute of Parapsychology Research Inc. Gladesville, NSW. 2015. 135pp. $ 35. Monograph No3. ISBN: 978-0- 9870772-2-6 Bryan William is a Research Affiliate, Psychical Research Foundation, Texas, and has written many articles on psi and has contributed the chapters on Revisiting the Ganzfeld ...
  • Religion as Metaphor Buy Religion as Metaphor here. Mythos and Logos David Lorimer RELIGION AS METAPHOR David Tacey Transaction Publishers, 2015, 258 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4128-5610-2   This is a book that should be widely read, but sadly the publishers are pricing it out of the reach of ordinary readers – so hopefully it will soon appear in paperback. Subtitled ‘beyond literal belief’, this searching study steers a ...
  • Science and Spiritual Practices Buy Science and Spiritual Practices here. A Deeper Sense of Connection David Lorimer SCIENCE AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICES Rupert Sheldrake (Hon SMN) Coronet, 2017, 247 pp. ISBN: 978-1-473-63007-9   One of the strategic effects of investment by the John Templeton Foundation has been extensive research into spiritual qualities and their relationship to health and well-being, for instance love, gratitude, forgiveness and altruism. This has helped ...
  • Secular Spirituality Buy Secular Spirituality here. Towards a Spiritually Informed Science David Lorimer SECULAR SPIRITUALITY Harald Walach Springer, 2015, 216 pp. ISBN: 978-3-319-09344-4   In this brilliant and searching study, Harald Walach argues that the Enlightenment is as yet incomplete, having thrown out the baby of spirituality along with the bathwater of dogmatic Christianity (‘science freed itself and the intellectual minds not from spirituality and its ...
  • The Collapse of Materialism Buy The Collapse of Materialism here. The Real Dream David Lorimer THE COLLAPSE OF MATERIALISM Philip Comella Rainbow Ridge Books, 2014, 379 pp. ISBN: 978-1-937907-21-1   The ideology of scientific materialism not only dominates science, but has far-reaching implications for society as well. Yet, since the 1930s, leading physicists have asserted the primacy of mind and consciousness, while our understanding of matter itself has ...
  • The Concept of the Soul Buy The Concept of the Soul here. From Soul to Self David Lorimer THE CONCEPT OF THE SOUL Edited by Michael Fuller Cambridge Scholars, 2014, 134 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4438-5489-4   This volume originates in a conference organised by the Science and Religion Forum in 2012, bringing both scientific and religious perspectives. The general trajectory of thinking is indicated in my title for this review, ...
  • The Final Choice Buy The Final Choice here. Technocalypse and Transformation David Lorimer THE FINAL CHOICE Michael Grosso White Crow Books, 2017, 208 pp. ISBN: 978-1-78677-029-5   I read the first edition of this provocative and erudite book in 1985, the year after I had met the author in New York on a tour to promote my first book Survival? Mike was then teaching philosophy at a ...
  • The Living Universe Buy The Living Universe here. A Cosmic Connection David Lorimer THE LIVING UNIVERSE Duane Elgin Berrett-Koehler, 2009, 230 pp. ISBN: 978-1-57675-969-1   Duane Elgin is author of Voluntary Simplicity and Awakening Earth – here he sets out his understanding of a living rather than a dead universe and its implications for how we see ourselves and our future. It is based on three fundamental questions: ...
  • The Man Who Could Fly Buy The Man Who Could Fly here. St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation Nicholas Colloff THE MAN WHO COULD FLY Michael Grosso Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015, 264 pp. ISBN: 978-1442256729   A miracle, to quote St. Augustine, “does not occur contrary to nature, but contrary to what we know of nature.” So what happens when a miracle occurs, repeatedly, what ...
  • The Map of Heaven Buy The Map of Heaven here. A Deeper Geography  David Lorimer THE MAP OF HEAVEN Eben Alexander with Ptolemy Tompkins Piatkus, 2014, 165 pp. ISBN: 978-0-349-40351-9   It was a real pleasure to meet and share a platform with Eben Alexander at a conference on Infinite Consciousness in Italy last week. Many readers will recall that Eben is a neurosurgeon who had a profound near ...
  • The Metaphysics of Technology Buy The Metaphysics of Technology here. Technology and the Future David Lorimer THE METAPHYSICS OF TECHNOLOGY David Skrbina Routledge 2016, 311 pp. ISBN: 978-1138240025   I met David Skribina at the 80th birthday celebrations for Henryk Skolimowski in Poland – they had been colleagues together in the philosophy department at the University of Michigan, and Henryk’s influence is apparent in this bold and philosophically ...
  • The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality Buy The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality here. A Postmaterialist Psychology David Lorimer THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY Edited by Lisa J. Miller Oxford, 2012, 634 pp. ISBN: 978-0-19-935734-5   This is a landmark volume, especially given the fact that it has been published by one of the world’s leading university presses. It forms part of the Oxford Library of Psychology, ...
  • The Science of Near-Death Experiences The Science of Near-Death Experiences book review. Buy The Science of Near-Death Experiences here.
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  • The Self Does Not Die Buy The Self Does Not Die here. Science Supports the Reality of the Soul Eben Alexander THE SELF DOES NOT DIE Titus Rivas, Annie Dirven and Rudolf H. Smit IANDS, 2016, 366 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9975608-0-0   True open-minded skepticism is our greatest ally in trying to better understand the mind-brain connection as it is revealed through the extraordinary lens of near-death experiences (NDEs). True skeptics ...
  • The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology Buy The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology here. An Expanding View David Lorimer THE WILEY BLACKWELL HANDBOOK OF TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY Edited by Harris L. Friedman and Glenn Hartelius Wiley Blackwell, 2015, 706 pp. ISBN: 978-2-119-05029-2   In the last issue, I reviewed the Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality published in 2012 – this equally important Handbook was published a couple of years ...
  • Understanding Scientific Progress Buy Understanding Scientific Progress here. Aim-Oriented Empiricism David Lorimer UNDERSTANDING SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS Nicholas Maxwell Paragon House, 2017, 216 pp. ISBN: 978-1-55778-924-2   Willis Harman, the first President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences who devoted the last few years of his life to exploring the metaphysical foundations of modern science, used to say that philosophy of science is to scientists what ornithology is to ...
  • What is Consciousness? Buy What is Consciousness? here. Behind the Veil David Lorimer WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS? Ervin Laszlo (SMN), Jean Houston, Larry Dossey (SMN), edited by Kingsley L. Dennis SelectBooks, 2016, 156 pp. ISBN: 978-1-59079-347-3 Last year, Ervin wrote to Jean and Larry asking them to send a summary of their interpretation of consciousness. The result was much longer than he expected, as printed in this ...

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