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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (December 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577314948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577314943
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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From Publishers Weekly

Russell, a "scientist at heart," seems somewhat oversold as a physicist, although his undergraduate work at Cambridge brought him into Steven Hawking's office on occasion. But his curiosity about the mystery of consciousness is real enough, leading him from a fascination with TM in his student days to studies in India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to a successful career as a corporate consultant on meditation, creativity and personal development. Russell's explanations and arguments are generally clear enough-presumably well-suited for seminar audiences-if a bit superficial when presented in book format. He rightly complains that the establishment science and philosophy of the 1960s showed minimal interest in problems of consciousness, but barely acknowledges subsequent developments in neuroscience, cognitive science and philosophy of mind that have attempted more or less successfully to grapple with these problems. Instead, he offers readers an unexceptional argument for a "metaparadigm shift" in which consciousness is accepted as a fundamental constituent of the universe and of scientific explanations, supplemented by analogies between consciousness, light and God and a lavish abundance of epigrammatic quotes from Einstein, Schrudinger and Eastern religious teachers. Readers in search of "a journey of ideas that starts with science and arrives at God" can find much more to work with in the writings of Douglas Hofstadter, Paul Davies and John Polkinghorne.
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Russell, well known for his work on the physiology of meditation, describes his personal struggle to bring science and spirit together and conducts readers through some of the more mysterious discoveries of contemporary physics. Physics--"queen of the sciences"--may seem an unlikely source of spiritual inspiration, and when younger, Russell found his growing spiritual curiosity at odds with the mechanistic science exemplified by Stephen Hawking, with whom Russell studied at Cambridge. Dropping out to study transcendental meditation, about which he has written several definitive books, he later returned to academe to engage in scientific study of consciousness and attain the insight that consciousness is what religions call God. Although the conventionally religious may take issue with Russell's effort to connect science and spirit, many, including some of them, may welcome his lucid exploration of their similarities. Patricia Monaghan
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This is a very well written book that I greatly enjoyed.
F. T. Mendenhall Jr.
In this little book Russell covers an amazing range of topics around the subject of consciousness and how it help us to bridge spirituality with science.
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This criticism aside, I recommend this book for any seeker looking for a good read and a milestone realization.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Of the many books on the nature of consciousness that I've read over the years, I consider From Science to God to be the best. Like the cover illustrates, it is an attempt to bridge the gap between science and religion by identifying consciousness in measurable terms. Woven with enough autobiography to give context to his claims, one finds the author, Peter Russell, has an extensive background at each end of the divide. He argues with the clarity and breadth of someone who not only understands his topic, but more importantly, knows it. With this particular subject, the distinction is important. Such familiarity is crucial here, as scientific research into a condition as nebulous as consciousness suffers a fundamental handicap in the limitations imposed by the materialistic paradigm within which it must be examined. It is almost a purely philosophical matter, but that's where Russell's scientific training provides the necessary contrast.
Although the book stands firmly on its own merits, I found it to be a complimentary supplement to his previous work, Waking Up in Time, where the nature of consciousness was discussed but not explored in detail. Instead, there he concentrated on the "nurture" end of the spectrum, advocating the practice of meditation to stimulate spiritual awakening and a mindful awareness, that we may better know true happiness by living more in the moment. He explained, through what I consider to be his signature talent for thorough but succinct argument, how the Western materialist mindset not only has failed to provide humanity the comfort it long has sought, arguably leading to more ruin than reward, but also how it has obscured the path to inner peace by suggesting the objects of true satisfaction are external rather than innate.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Orva Schrock on December 7, 2003
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A beautiful book! It is little in size but big in content. Peter Russell has graced us with the story of his own journey from common-sense atheistic scientist to one who has Awakened. Along the way he builds a fascinating bridge between the developing theories of science and the inner mysteries of consciousness itself. The theme is not new but then this story is always new when it unfolds itself again in you. This is indeed the ultimate meaning and purpose of life; the discovery that your own self is non-other than the wondrous Self of all. That your deepest being is already one with the light and energy which ever creates and sustains the universe. This is a very timely and wise and well written book. Don't miss it!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Tiesi on November 30, 2004
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I love this book. It is so clear, so concise, so readable. Deep, yet easily understandable. It is a short book, but if you're like me, it will take you a few days to read as you constantly put the book down to contemplate and digest what Russell says.

It's especially valuable to those of us with a science background who have found it hard in the past to find a satisfying middle ground between science and spirituality.

A great book to start your journey with.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Karla Jo Keller on July 3, 2000
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Peter Russell's background in Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy makes him the perfect author of the material in his newest book. This book is written so kindly and quietly that you can follow his train of thought and come to your own conclusion in just one full afternoon of reading. I've been a student of Ontology for 35 years. Now, Peter Russell has given all Ontology students a bright and radiant perspective to an age old dilemma in the West: What conjuncts Science/God? Another book that broached this topic was produced in 1982, by Satprem. It was published under the title : The Mind of the Cells -- a wonderful book of observations by the Mother,(a primary student of Sri Aurobindo). Anyone on their own path will find use and delight in Peter Rusell's marvelous 125 page jewel of Light. Buy it then share it with friends! It is an excellent gift book, for any occasion.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2002
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I just finished reading this, which couldn't have come at a better time for me. After the murder of a loved one a few months ago, I've been catapulted into a search for understanding that is taking me through science, religion, metaphysics, philosophy, meditation, with lots of tears along the way. I can't say I found this book comforting, but it seems to be pointing in the same direction as other reading I'm doing. Wonderful tour of the history of physics for the layperson, it's also a compelling argument for taking up meditation. I also recommend How to Know God, by Deepak Chopra. I know, I know, I thought so too, until a skeptical friend recommended it to me. Both are mind-expanding.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mike on November 28, 2006
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I first read this book in 2002 and just read it again; it was even better the second time around. Don't be deterred by the Publishers Weekly review that criticizes the author's scientific credentials. Here's the bottom line: Peter Russell is a well-educated, scientifically literate person who had no interest in religion until his study of human consciousness led him to explore eastern philosophy (Buddhism and Vedanta) and meditation. His mystical experiences changed his mind about spirituality by giving him a concept of the divine that is reasonable, progressive and compatible with modern science. Russell's book will be especially beneficial to thoughtful people who are understandably skeptical of organized religion but still believe "there's more to life than meets the eye." This deceptively simple book is one of my favorites!
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