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The God that Says I Am: A Scientist's Meditations on the Nature of Spriritual Experience Paperback – May 5, 2010
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She has a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology and has published extensively in the scientific literature as J.A.V. Simson. She was one of several contemporary scientists featured in the Smithsonian exhibit, Science in American Life (1994 - 2011) at the National Museum of American History.
Dr. Simson retired after working as a scientist for over three decades; since then she has pursued her love of travel and writing. Her current concerns include smoothing the jagged interface between science and human culture, especially problems caused by global overpopulation. She has published two non-fiction books as J.A.V. Simson and a few short stories with the pen name, V. Pascoe.
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As the subtitle declares, this is a collection of one scientist's meditations on the nature of spiritual experience, as reflected in religious practice and doctrine. The author confesses to being a life time seeker of truth and is well versed in most of the major world religions. Here in this book are her personal introspective essays written and reworked over 30 years or so, by this well travelled and well read biologist, as she draws on her own experiences, acquired knowledge and thoughts over 60 years or so.
What is meant, and what is experienced, by those of us who find spiritual experience significant in our lives? What is spiritual experience? She defines this as moments of intensity, wonder and awe. Her meditations, she says, set out to explore this notion from an experiential or existential point of view, although there is plenty of philosophy along the way.
The book sets the scene with the biblical Old Testament story of Moses and the burning bush, and a discussion of the meaning of "I Am," a reality that has been the subject of continuing debate over interpretation ever since.Read more ›