Transcendence or Transhumanism? with David Lorimer

We stand at a critical juncture – even bifurcation – in human development and evolution. The Silicon Valley and World Economic Forum view of the human being is mechanistic – we are either complex biological machines whose software needs to be enhanced and upgraded or hackable animals whose behavior can to be nudged or even manipulated and controlled. Both of these views are reductionist forms of technocratic social engineering.

The spiritual or transpersonal view of the human being sees fulfilment as a journey to enlightenment experienced as light and love, so that we come to embody Love, Wisdom and Truth. This spiritual view needs to be culturally articulated as a response to the transhumanist narrative and trajectory.

“It is rare to find so much wisdom and thought-provoking substance in just one book. The reason for this is that it is the distillation of the world and cosmic views of many leading thinkers in science, medicine and philosophy.”

– Michael Lingard

David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA is a writer, lecturer, poet, editor and spiritual activist who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network (www.scientificandmedical.net) and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society (www.swedenborgsociety.org.uk). He has also been editor of Paradigm Explorer since 1986 and completed his 100th issue in 2019. He was the instigator of the Beyond the Brain conference series in 1995 (www.beyondthebrain.org) and has co-ordinated the Mystics and Scientists conferences every year since the late 1980s.

Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, he is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Survival? Death as Transition (1984, 2017) Resonant Mind (originally Whole in One) (1990/2017), The Spirit of Science (1998), 

Thinking Beyond the Brain (2001), The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson).  He has edited three books about the Bulgarian sage Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov): Prophet for our Times (1991, 2015), The Circle of Sacred Dance, and Gems of Love, which is a translation of his prayers and formulas into English. His book on the ideas and work of the Prince of Wales – Radical Prince (2003) – has been translated into Dutch, Spanish and
French. His most

David is also Chair of the Galileo Commission (www.galileocommission.org) which seeks the expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view.

In 2020 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Visionary Leader by the Visioneers International Network and the 2021 Aboca Human Ecology Prize. He is a Creative Member of the Club of Budapest, and in 2023 he was created Global Ambassador by the Scientific and Medical Network in recognition of his long-standing contributions. His website is www.davidlorimer.co.uk

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