The Best Books On Science, Ultimate Consciousness, And Practical Spirituality

The Books I Picked & Why

Britain's Pilgrim Places

By Guy Hayward, Nick Mayhew-Smith

Britain's Pilgrim Places

Why this book?

This is a truly wonderful guide, lavishly illustrated to hundreds of holy places in Britain, together with pilgrim routes on foot that connect them. This book includes ancient sacred sites, holy wells and springs, sources of rivers, cathedrals, medieval village churches and ancient trees. This is a book that literally opens new horizons and magical doorways, complete with practical details on how to get there.


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Double Blind

By Edward St Aubyn

Double Blind

Why this book?

I read very few novels, but Edward St Aubyn is my favourite contemporary novelist. His writing is brilliant, funny and always intelligent. Of all his books, this new novel is my favourite because it not only tells a good story but also explores the very frontiers of contemporary science and of the paradigm shift going on within it. And it is amazingly well informed scientifically. In some cases it may be anticipating scientific advances that will occur in coming years; it does not simply describe what has already happened.


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The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor

By Gerald H. Pollack

The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor

Why this book?

One of the best science books I know, at the same time profound, stimulating and accessible. Pollock describes discoveries made in his own laboratory and by others about a highly ordered state of liquid water that can be revealed in very simple experiments, that can lead to the generation of energy in new ways, and that plays a major role in all living cells. Pollack also opens extraordinary new areas for investigation through imaginative speculations, each with an “out on a limb” index to indicate how far it goes beyond established orthodoxy.


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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

By Merlin Sheldrake

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

Why this book?

This is a brilliant book about the nature of life, starting from the largely hidden world of fungi. No doubt I am biased, because Merlin is my son. However, I am not alone in my high regard for this book. It was one of Time magazine’s must-read books of 2020 and described by the Wall Street Journal as “food for the soul”; by the Guardian as “brilliant and entrancing”; by the Observer as “wondrous”; by the Spectator as “truly astounding”; by the Telegraph as “mind boggling”; and by The Mail on Sunday as “dazzling”.


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The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

By David Bentley Hart

The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

Why this book?

Deep ideas, indeed some of the deepest ideas possible. This is state-of-the-art theology by one of the greatest living theologians who brings together essential insights from the Hindu, Christian, Sufi, Buddhist, and other religious traditions showing how all have much more in common than separates them. Essential reading for anyone interested in the nature of consciousness, because the fundamental subject matter of theology is none other than ultimate consciousness, the source of all other forms of consciousness in the universe, including our own. Hart’s writing is lively and engaging.


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