For the first time, an author with peer-reviewed published work in neuroscience, comparative religion, theoretical biology and many facets of cognitive science takes on the Big Issues of science and religion, as well as the current paralysis in real innovation. This book ends with a remarkable conclusion; if attention is paid to ontology, to levels of being, algorithms work better and damaging culture clashes in 21st century society disappear.
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Sean O Nuallain holds an MSc in Psychology from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, and a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He has been a Visiting Scholar at both Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley (2002-2012), eventually being appointed a faculty member by academic senate in both institutions. He directs the independent college trading as University of Ireland in the US. He has held visiting positions at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley in computer science, philosophy, molecular and cell biology, and neuroscience. In 2014, he ran the Foundations of Mind conference at UC Berkeley, with proceedings published by Cosmos and History (Volume 1, 2014) and Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Volume 2, in press). One Magisterium is the third volume in this series, titled "New Millennium Mind". This work was overtured in a set of papers published between 2008 and 2012: "God's Unlikely Comeback: Evolution, Emanation, and Ecology" and "Remarks on the Foundations of Biology", both published in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy.Review:
This book is sprawling, brilliant, and synoptic; a woven tapestry of intelligence, grace, lyricism, insight, and confusion. It is wonderfully wild. It raised the hair on the back of my neck as I read, loving and in wonder and doubt. Read it. Your world will change. --Stuart Kauffman FRSC, The Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle
Seán Ó Nualláin throws open the windows of the house of scientific theory to admit the fresh wind of a courageous new multidisciplinary set of ideas about the nature of consciousness and its effort pursued through us to know the universe. In doing so, he exhibits a creative rather than a restrictive rationality as well as a sense of humor, welcoming artists and lay people, as well as scientists and other scholars, to a sanguine and surprising view of the future of knowledge. --Jack DuVall, President, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
One Magisterium represents an uncommon approach and thematises how nature becomes aware of itself in one of its species: in the human mind and consciousness. Sean Ó Nualláin transcends naturalism, objectivism, scientism and the dogmatic belief states of various religious traditions. He looks at nature from a variety of perspectives, uniting them into an ontology of active contemplation on who we are, how we think, and how we are able to express, describe and understand things, and is aware that if quantum mechanics meets social sciences, or if biosemiotics meets molecular biology, all will result in a coherent way of living in peaceful harmony with nature. The method which Sean Ó Nualláin is developing is, consequently, bionoetics ; at one with the universal laws of nature without embracing scientific reductionism, but instead looking at the whole. New generations of science, fine arts and spirituality, freed of former dogmatic traditions, will be able to do justice to this approach. --Dr Günther Witzany
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