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Franklin Merrell-Wolff

Franklin Merrell-Wolff was a Stanford and Harvard trained philosopher and mathematician who claimed a mystical experience of root consciousness in 1936. He spent the rest of his long ninety-eight year life writing about what he called consciousness-without-an-object and his philosophy of introceptualism. One of Franklin Merrell-Wolff’s fundamental realizations that was in alignment with the psychogenic theory of Larry Horstman was “Consciousness is original, self-existent, and constitutive of all things.” As a mystic with formal training in western science, he was featured in the book Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity by B. Alan Wallace.

B. Alan Wallace

B. Alan Wallace spent fourteen years as a Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama. He then earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College, and his doctorate in religious studies from Stanford University. A prolific writer who has translated numerous Tibetan Buddhist texts, he is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies,

Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber says existence is the process of Spirit becoming aware of itself. Evolution is that process. Spirit is the alpha and omega. Spirit ascends from the All to the One, and descends from the One to the All. Evolution of Spirit takes place in four quadrants which can be reduced to the “Big Three” of “I,” “We,” and “It”—in other words, the subjective, the intersubjective, and the objective.

War of Worldviews

Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow in their book War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality illustrate the classic dialectic between a mystically oriented worldview and that of a materialistically oriented scientist. Leonard, the scientist, takes the view that today’s universe is a result of the laws of physics, that humanity arose from randomness guided by nothing more than the natural selection of evolution, and that our thoughts and feelings are phenomena with origins in the physical brain. Deepak takes the opposite view, one compatible with the psychogenic theory, recognizing that evolution exists but that its driver is consciousness.

Deepak is oriented to the “ultimate ground of being” while the scientist Leonard is oriented to the “fundamental laws of nature.” Both can enhance their field of interest and find common ground in a contemplative science.

Leonard asks a very pertinent question: Where’s the proof consciousness is fundamental? The question of proof is contained within Franklin Merrell-Wolff’s “noetic thesis.”


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