Science of the Sages

Scientists Encountering Nonduality from Quantum Physics to Cosmology to Consciousness.

Intriguing facts of the vastness and miraculous complexity of our universe, coupled with reports from scientists that inseparability is the fundamental nature of our existence.

Science of the Sages, by the author of One Essence and Living Nonduality is a tour through the contemporary scientific view of the universe, from cosmology to subatomic particles, with an eye on its harmony with the conscious insight that has been the message of sages throughout human history.
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Notes from the Author

Robert writes:

My first book, Living Nonduality, included a monograph regarding the implication of quantum entanglement ("Science as Spirituality"). I have noticed, during my lifetime, that it takes a full generation (or maybe even half a century) for the import of significant scientific discoveries to begin to pervade our common understanding. When I was a youngster, a friend's father said of Einstein's E=mc^2, "It'll probably be hundreds of years before any but a few understand what this means." But, even today, it is comprehended by many that "energy and matter are equivalent." I've subsequently been surprised to find how little of what scientists are saying of quantum reality has penetrated into the minds of people interested in spiritual teachings. Since I have been reading in these realms of both science and spirituality, I felt it was important to show how thoroughly many modern scientists have come to recognize the connections between quantum physics and the intuition of mystical sages over the centuries. If you yourself aren't aware of these inter-connections, it's time that you were! I've tried to keep technical abstractions to a minimum; you won't need a background in mathematics or physics. - RW

A "map" of words and ideas in Science of the Sages

Other Readings / Links

Books mentioned in Science of the Sages, roughly in order:

The Tao of Physics
Before the Big Bang
God in the Equation
The Infinite Book
The View from the Center of the Universe
One Universe
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Margins of Reality
The Void
Physics for Poets
Zen Physics
Decoding Reality
The God Effect
Albert Einstein / Isaacson biography
Faster than Light
Einstein's Moon
The Ghost in the Atom
Dialogues with Scientists and Sages
The Ending of Time
Foundations of Physics
The Fabric of the Cosmos
The Life of the Cosmos
The Hidden Face of God
Quantum Enigma
Entangled Minds
Shadows of the Mind
The Upanishads
The Universe in a Single Atom
Nature Loves to Hide
The Dancing Wu Lie Masters
How the World Can Be the Way it Is


People mentioned or referenced in approximate order of appearance.

Albert Einstein
Fritjof Capra
J. Krishnamurti
Alan Watts
Richard Wolfson
Brad Lemley
Kathy Sawyer
Mark Whittle
Brian Clegg
Huai Nan Tzu
Paul Davies
Bill Bryson
David Spergel
Charles Lineweaver
Tamara Davis
Patrick Petitjean
Corey Powell
John Barrow
Brain Greene
Giordano Bruno
Olaf Stapleton
Neils Bohr
James Geach
Bob Berman
Gabriele Veneziano
Ron Cowen
Walt Whitman
Joel Primack
Nancy Abrams
Frederic Golden
Mcihael Lemonick
Andrew Fabian
Robert Kunzig
Andrew Hamilton
Ken Croswell
Geoff Marcy
Carl Sagan
Sarah Hörst
Andrew Grant
Laurie Salerno
David Warmflash
Michael Wysession
Carl Zimmer
David Freedman
Derek Ager
David Nichol
Robert Frost
Bernard Haisch
Wener Heisenberg
David Bohm
Ernest Sternglass
Robert Rabbin
Alex Stone
Sean Carroll
Frank Close
Brian Swimme
Heinz Pagels
Carlo Rovelli
Leon Lederman
Tim Folger
John Wheeler
Swami Vivekenanda
Stanley Sobottka
Andrei Linde
Peter Higgs
Nick Herbert
Isaac Newton
Enrico Fermi
Robert March
Lyall Watson
Helmut Schmidt
Cyril Hinshelwood
Brian Josephson
David Darling
Rainer Maria Rilke
John Bell
Vlatko Vedral
Anton Zeilinger
Eugene Polzick
Walter Isaacson
Max Born
Manjit Kumar
N. David Mermin
Hugh Ross
Nick Herbert
David Peat
Julian Brown
Robert Oppenheimer
Renée Weber
John Briggs
Basil Hiley
Amir Aczel
Lee Smolin
Gerald Schroeder
Freeman Dyson
Groucho Marx
Lord Kelvin
Bruce Rosenblum
Fred Kuttner
Donald Hoffman
Francis Crick
Benjamin Libet
Stephen Hawking
Dean Radin
Eugene Wigner
John von Neumann
Amit Goswami
Abner Shimony
John Clauser
Erwin Schrödinger
Robert Nadeau
Menas Kafatos
Roger Penrose
DT Suzuki
John Polkinghorne
Murray Gell-Mann
Bob Russell
Antoine Suarez
Dalai Lama
Jay Tolson
Daniel Dennett
Shimon Malin
Sir Arthur Eddington
Gary Zukav
Steve Hagen
Shunryu Suzuki
JBS Haldane