On these pages, I set out to explore current theories about the universe and the implications of some of these and share some of my own ideas on the subject. Perhaps these will generate some discussion.
So far, in this section, there is a page summarising key scientific theories about reality. More will be added on an ongoing basis but it already includes some of the major concepts such as Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and some newer ideas. You'll find some of my own thoughts about the universe in g Theory.
In recognition of the fact that science, albeit one of the most sensible methods of knowing anything so far devised by man, does not have a monopoly on truth and there may be other ways of improving our understanding of what we are, what the universe is and our place within it, I have also dived headlong in to the somewhat turbulent waters of human religions, which I have studied with great interest for over half a century without voluntarily subscribing to any one of them.
From my lack of subscription, you can confidently assume that I have not been entirely impressed by any one particular belief system and that, as with science, I aim to keep a reasonably open mind and a modicum of objectivity. However, I do find them fascinating, and I am especially interested in the underlying strands of wisdom that appear to underly most of the world's religions if you look deeply enough. Aldous Huxley referred to this as the "Perennial Philosophy". If religion has anything useful to offer us in the human race's current race to become fully human, before we find increasingly imaginative and successful ways to eradicate ourselves from the surface of the planet, then this, I feel, is where it is most likey to be.
There have also been various philosophers, with or without religious leanings, who have had useful insights that could help us in this endeavour. You can find some of their quotes in "Words of the Wise".
A religious leader I spoke to recently described this as "shopping around" and was quite upset by the idea. It was the equivalent of being shocked that someone who bought their bananas from Tesco might buy bread from M&S and salad from Sainsbury's and, in the process, see that they were all, in essence, purveyors of groceries.
Another suggested that I was actually "window shopping" and couldn't reap the full benefit of a religion unless I went inside and immersed myself in it completely. Well actually, been there, done it, got the T shirt and everything (I refer to a prolonged period of childhood immersion, Sunday school, faith school and the lot,) but wouldn't want to repeat the experience, thanks. Window shopping, if such it be, is great for avoiding the queues at the checkout, and nice as these places are, I wouldn't like to spend my life inside a supermarket.
The most recent comment was that I was engaged in a kind of "pick and mix", taking bits from each religion. My answer to that would be that if there was anything worth picking in any of these faiths, it would be common to all of them so it really wouldn't matter which one I picked it from. Meditation, for example is either useful as a means of allowing us to gain an understanding of ourselves and the universe we live in, or it isn't. If it is, then perhaps it should be a major ingredient in any "path" which claims to take us towards that understanding. Techniques may vary but the outcome should be the same. If there is only one, then all routes should lead to it. The same applies to other useful components such as compassion, honesty and service to others - if they are intrinsically valuable in themselves, since they bring happiness to others and reduce their suffering and contribute to global unity and peace, then I'm all for them, whoever happens to be advocating them. However, when it comes to offers of peripheral gloss, glitter, untruths, superstitions, prejudices and other unhelpful distractions, I'm not keen on adding any of those to my shopping trolley any time soon.
As with science, no religion, in my opinion, holds a monopoly on truth. Which is why there is a page on this website that is all about truth, what we mean by it and how we can honestly claim to know anything. There is also a page about our beliefs and whether they are helpful or unhelpful to us.
I have also begun to compile a list of recommended reading which you might find interesting. I intend to add to this in due course.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy exploring these pages. Please feel free to share your comments and ideas with me by email.