The best books about science and spirituality in an evolving universe

Why am I passionate about this?

I believe that spiritual awakening is a service to the universe, and not just for our own enlightenment. Spirituality generally has been viewed as a return to some other realm of consciousness, rather than a means to awakening what we think of as divinity in life. There can never be a “finish line” to spirituality, as there is no end to the possibilities which collective co-evolution can bring about. The only way that intractable problems of humanity will ever be resolved is if a large number of people awaken to higher states of consciousness, while firmly grounded in life.


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Beyond the Wonderful: Transforming the World with the Light of Your Being

By Don Weiner, Diane Weiner M.S.,

Book cover of Beyond the Wonderful: Transforming the World with the Light of Your Being

What is my book about?

We offer an approach to spirituality in which you will learn to develop your faculty of creative imagination, modulate your consciousness, and discover yourself as a multidimensional being.  Deepening the relationship between your manifest and transcendent aspects enables new possibilities to emerge which transform the world. What is gained from your life becomes part of a never-ending transmission of wisdom and a source of blessings to all of existence.

Beyond the wonderful is taking a quantum leap into the possibilities of the pull of the future. Life’s problems become portals to the sacred. Everything then speaks as Gabriel, the divine messenger. By fulfilling the deepest desire of your heart, you participate in the brilliant becoming of all that is enfolded in the Universe.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Science and Human Transformation: Subtle Energies, Intentionality and Consciousness

Don Weiner Why did I love this book?

This opened up new insights into my spiritual journey. Dr. Tiller presents amazing research that shows that when there is a link between subtle energy and ordinary physical space, the physical properties of that space are changed, such that disorder decreases, rather than increases. He has done experiments in which experienced meditators are asked to store an intention in a bit of circuitry that is not connected to anything, such that the pH in water in another laboratory that the circuitry is placed near will increase by one point. This happens, and the experiment has been replicated many times. This is already amazing enough, but the entropy (disorder) in the laboratory decreases, which is contrary to the 2nd law of thermodynamics in ordinary physical space. My inspiration from this research was that any time we bring about a connection between subtle energy and our environment, new possibilities become available.

By William A. Tiller Ph.D.,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Science and Human Transformation as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Overall this book is a paradigm-breaking book for science in that it reveals in some detail a viable larger perspective and framework for scientific description of nature and human evolvement in that framework. It is also a conscious-raising book and a hope-raising book for humanity in that it shows people how to use their own intentionality to bring about...beneficial...changes...in their own bodies. Such changes naturally lead to significant growth in the individual's consciousness.


Book cover of Gödel's Proof

Don Weiner Why did I love this book?

I attended Caltech my freshman year of college, expecting to learn the tools to help me find the answer to any question I had about the nature of reality. Before the first quarter started, I purchased a copy of Gödel’s Proof. This describes that given any logical system at least as complex as the axioms for arithmetic, there will be at least one statement that makes perfect sense that can neither be proven nor disproven from the axioms of that system. Some axioms for arithmetic, for example, are that for any two numbers a and b, a=a and a+b=b+a. This was mind-blowing to me. Gödel proved that there will always be things that can neither be proven nor disproven in any system based on a series of axioms. I thought there must be some way to understand the deeper nature of reality, and began my path of spiritual exploration, which includes ways to use consciousness as the means of exploration. There will always remain things that remain unknown, no matter how much science progresses, and both science and spirituality have things to contribute to each other.

By Ernest Nagel,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Gödel's Proof as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

An accessible explanation of Kurt Goedel's groundbreaking work in mathematical logic
In 1931 Kurt Goedel published his fundamental paper, "On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems." This revolutionary paper challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much research in mathematics and logic. Goedel received public recognition of his work in 1951 when he was awarded the first Albert Einstein Award for achievement in the natural sciences-perhaps the highest award of its kind in the United States. The award committee described his work in mathematical logic as "one of the greatest contributions to the sciences in recent times."
However, few…


Book cover of Life Force, the Scientific Basis: Volume 2 of the Synchronized Universe

Don Weiner Why did I love this book?

This book contains numerous research studies on subtle energy, energy medicine, and new technologies to measure phenomena that have generally been thought of as outside of the realm of Western science. What I learned from the research in this book is that it is possible to conclusively prove that the world we live in is much more interconnected than we realize. Theoretical frameworks, methodologies, and explanations are available that challenge our usual notions of time, space, and non-locality. Reading this book will show any open-minded readers that a dualistic frame of reference will never enable us to understand the universe that each of us is an integral part of.

By Claude Swanson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Life Force, the Scientific Basis as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Breakthrough Physics of Energy Medicine, Healing, Chi and Quantum Consciousness - Comprehensive handbook of Subtle Energy


Book cover of Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory: The Dharma of Natural Systems

Don Weiner Why did I love this book?

I have come to understand that everything we know is by means of our relationship to whatever we are experiencing. This book describes a wonderful principle of Buddhism called mutual or dependent co-arising, which means that everything is the cause of everything else. This seems to me to be consistent with the findings of quantum physics, in which time is not what we think it is. There is a phenomenon called retrocausality, which means that something in the present can affect something in the past. On a deep level, everything is interconnected with everything else, and has an effect on everything else. The principles described in this book have a relationship to systems theory and chaos theory. I believe we are all participating in the self-organization of the universe to higher states of wisdom.

By Joanna Macy,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This book brings important new dimensions to the interface between contemporary Western science and ancient Eastern wisdom. Here for the first time the concepts and insights of general systems theory are presented in tandem with those of the Buddha. Remarkable convergences appear between core Buddhist teachings and the systems view of reality, arising in our century from biology and extending into the social and cognitive sciences. Giving a cogent introduction to both bodies of thought, and a fresh interpretation of the Buddha’s core teaching of dependent co-arising, this book shows how their common perspective on causality can inform our lives.…


Book cover of Humanity in a Creative Universe

Don Weiner Why did I love this book?

This book was very inspiring to me, and reinforces the idea that each of us is a unique and integral part of an evolving universe. The future is not fixed, and as we awaken to our higher possibilities, what becomes possible for everything is augmented. We live in a purpose-driven universe, and not the one described for centuries as a clockwork universe. 

By Stuart A. Kauffman,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Humanity in a Creative Universe as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In the hard sciences, which can often feel out of grasp for many lay readers, there are "great thinkers" who go far beyond the equations, formulas, and research. Minds such as Stephen Hawking philosophize about the functions and nature of the universe, the implications of our existence, and other impossibly fascinating, yet difficult questions. Stuart A. Kauffman is one of those great thinkers. He has dedicated his lifetime to researching "complex systems" at
prestigious institutions and now writes his treatise on the most complex system of all: our universe.

A recent Scientific American article claims that "philosophy begins where physics…


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Why am I passionate about this?

I have spent my entire professional life quietly patrolling the frontiers of understanding human consciousness. I was an early adopter in the burgeoning field of biofeedback, then neurofeedback and neuroscience, plus theory and practices of humanistic and transpersonal psychology, plus steeping myself in systems theory as a context for all these other fields of focus. I hold a MS in psychology from San Francisco State University and a PhD from Saybrook Institute. I live in Mount Shasta CA with Molly, my life partner for over 60 years. We have two sons and two grandchildren.

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What is my book about?

In this thoroughly researched and exquisitely crafted treatise, Jim Brown synthesizes the newest understandings in neuroscience, developmental psychology, and dynamical systems theory for educators and others committed to nurturing human development.

He explains complex concepts in down-to-earth terms, suggesting how these understandings can transform education to engender optimal learning and intelligence. He explores the nature of consciousness, intelligence, and mind.

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Mindleap: A Fresh View of Education Empowered by Neuroscience and Systems Thinking

By Jim Brown,

What is this book about?

In this thoroughly-researched and exquisitely crafted treatise, Jim Brown synthesizes the newest understandings in neuroscience, developmental psychology, and dynamical systems theory for educators and others committed to nurturing human development. He explains complex concepts in down-to-earth terms, suggesting how these understandings can transform education to truly engender optimal learning and intelligence. He explores the nature of consciousness, intelligence, and mind. Brown then offers a model of optimal human learning through life-long brain development within a supportive culture--drawing on the work of Piaget, Erickson, Maslow, Kohlberg, and Steiner--and how that work is being vastly expanded by neuroscience and dynamical systems thinking.


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