Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 85 scientific papers, who was named among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, then philosophy and the history of science at Harvard, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He is the author of 13 books, including “The Science Delusion”, “Science and Spiritual Practices”, and “Ways to Go Beyond”.
Paul Kingsnorth is a former journalist and deputy editor of The Ecologist magazine who has won several awards for his poetry and essays. He is also the author of ten books: both fiction and nonfiction. In 2009, he co-founded the Dark Mountain Project, an international network of writers, artists, and thinkers in search of new stories for troubled times.
Dr Philip Goff is a Professor of Philosophy at Durham University, whose main research focus is consciousness, but he is interested in many questions about the nature of reality. Goff is most known for defending panpsychism, the view that consciousness is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of the physical world. He has authored an academic book with Oxford University Press – Consciousness and Fundamental Reality – and a book aimed at a general audience – Galileo’s Error. He is currently working on a book exploring the middle ground between God and atheism.
This episode is part of our Meeting of the Minds series in which we bring together leading thinkers from different backgrounds to discuss topics of mutual interest.
The topic is “religion without belief” in which we explore to what extent it is possible to benefit from religious practices, without fully adopting the associated belief systems.
The speakers are Rupert Sheldrake, Paul Kingsnorth, and Philip Goff, and some of the key points discussed include:
— How they arrived at their current understanding and the spiritual experiences that have had the biggest impact on them
— What our culture’s increasing drive towards secularisation might be costing us – both individually and collectively.
— Whether it is possible to pick and choose ‘parts’ of a religion without adopting it fully
This episode is sponsored by our upcoming Day on Parts (In Person) Conference.
Taking place at the University of Greenwich on 18th December, this groundbreaking lecture series will explore the most effective approaches for working with, healing, and reintegrating parts, with the following talks confirmed:
— Internal Family Systems: Healing Trauma & Restoring Wholeness – Dr Richard Schwartz, PhD (via live video feed)
— Compassion Focused Therapy & Parts – Dr Kate Lucre
— Dialectical Behaviour Therapy & Personality Disorders – Dr Janet Feigenbaum
The talks are CPD accredited, with a certificate qualifying you for five hours of CPD. Should you be unable to attend in person, you can also tune in from the comfort of home with a “livestream pass.”
As a member of the TWU community, you can get a discount on your ticket, if you go to https://bit.ly/Parts-2022, and use the discount code: POD when registering.