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    • The Enchanted Land

    • A Journey with the Mystics of India
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Cliff Truesdell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book describes the life and work of eight Indian mystics, including Ramana Maharshi, Sawan Singh, Paramahansa Yogananda, Baba Faqir Chand, Sushil Kumar, Tripta Devi, and Pratap Singh. Includes the author's personal interaction with several of them, as well as a detailed account of shabd yoga and the inner journey that occurs during meditation.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Mystical Heart of Islam: Rumi and Sufism

    • By: David Christopher Lane - editor, F. Hadland Davis
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is an abridged edition of a classic text on Rumi and Sufism which was first published in London in 1920 under the title The Persian Mystics and authored by F. Hadland Davis. This special edition contains selections from the poetry of Rumi. Also included is an analysis of Sufism and the concept of love. Edited by Professor David Christopher Lane, PhD.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Four Scientists Who Changed the World: From Astronomy to Physics to Geology to Biology

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    I recently came upon an old book entitled Famous Men in Science by Sarah Knowles Bolton that was first published in 1889. In her enjoyable and easy to read text, Bolton provides a glimpse of 14 distinguished thinkers, ranging from such luminaries as Carl Linnaeus to Louis Agassiz. Since the book is not readily available, here at the MSAC Philosophy Group we thought it might be helpful to select four biographies from Famous Men in Science and republish them in a new and readable format.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Bengali Mystic

    • 88 Insights from Sri Ramakrishna
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Sri Ramakrishna is one of the most thoroughly studied saints in the last 150 years. He is by any measure one of the most extraordinary mystics to have emerged from India. Ramakrishna has impacted the lives of millions around the world and he continues to intrigue and puzzle spiritual seekers and scholars alike. After reading many of Sri Ramakrishna’s wonderful sayings, filled with such rich and earthly analogies, I thought it would be instructive to choose 88 of his insights and put them in a short, introductory book.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Swami Who Inspired the World

    • A Glimpse of the Great Sage Vivekananda, an Abbreviated Selection from Nivedita's Writings
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Emma Jordan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book is an abbreviated selection from the original 1910 book, The Master as I Saw Him, written by Bhagini ("Sister") Nivedita. Although there are now a number of newer publications of this classic (due to the fact it is now in the public domain), I thought it might be helpful to come out with an abbreviated edition, which focuses on the first quarter of the book. It is my hope that this short volume may serve as but an introductory glimpse into the life and work of one of the truly outstanding exponents of Indian philosophy and spirituality. 

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Pali Buddha: The Dhammapada

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Ryk Bowers
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The MSAC Philosophy Group is pleased to announce a new edition of that timeless classic in spiritual literature, The Dhammapada. Attributed to Buddha, this early text in Buddhism sheds a clear light on the teachings of the four noble truths and the eightfold path. This translation is from Max Mueller, the famous 19th century Indologist.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Ecstatic Memory

    • A Glimpse of Rumi
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Although there is now a plethora of books by and about Rumi, I thought it might be instructive to republish a small portion of Edward Henry Whinfield's English translation of Rumi's Persian masterpiece. I think it is vitally important in today's social climate to focus on those aspects of Islam which elevate humankind and I can think of no better place to start than with the Sufi mystics of Islam, of which Rumi is the most famous (and perhaps finest) example.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Improved and Updated Recording

    • By Dr, Scott Flaubert on 12-29-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Just Odds: A Guide to J.E. Littlewood's Law of Miracles

    • How and Why Strange Things Happen at Least Once Every 35 Days in Your Life
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Steve Stansell
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    According to Littlewood's Law of Miracles (based on the theory of large numbers and probability), you should expect something truly unusual to happen every 35 days - so strange, in fact, that it will look like a miracle. This book explains how the improbable is probable by focusing on desultory decussation (where two random events from an interesting intersection - a synchronicity) and Littlewood's work in number theory at Cambridge University in the last century. Also explains such concepts as apohenia and patternicity.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Is the Universe an App?

    • Exploring the Physics of Awareness
    • By: Andrea Diem-Lane, David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: James Killavey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The idea that the world is an illusion that betrays its real origin has a long tradition and can be found in the writings of Hindu rishis, early Greek philosophers, and Christian Gnostics. What is perhaps surprising is to find such a rich literature on the subject in neuroscience and quantum physics. The latest, and perhaps most provocative, idea to gain some currency in varying scientific disciplines is the hypothesis that the universe is the result of a computational simulation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Saved Me

    • By Fred on 03-05-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Cellular God: Samuel Butler's God the Known and God the Unknown

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Alan Weyman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Samuel Butler, although an evolutionist (but not of the Darwinian kind), postulated a radical theory about God as both known and unknown, suggesting a kind of creative energy throughout the universe. His ideas are somewhat gnostic, though they don't fall into any one camp. Here is Butler's book, God Known and God Unknown in a new format, with an astute review of Butler's God that was written after Butler's death and published in 1918.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Why Living Today Is Better Than Yesterday

    • Illuminating Steven Pinker's Theory of Progress
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    According to Steven Pinker in his new book, Enlightenment Now, the best time is precisely now. The only thing holding us back is waking up to it. Lest we forget, we are the lucky 8 billion who have been favored to be born human. We are, in sum, winners in the Darwinian lottery of life. This audiobook provides an illustrated glimpse into Pinker's idea that things have gotten better on planet Earth. Also provides new insights into a concept called "The Meta-Person Project".

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Inner Visions and Running Trains

    • Baba Faqir Chand and the Tibetan Book of the Dead
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Surprisingly, one of the more lucid insights on the philosophy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead comes from a Hindu mystic, named Baba Faqir Chand, who apparently was not familiar with the original Tibetan text or its English translation. Although Faqir was not conversant with the Bardo Thotrol, he was nevertheless steeped in its philosophy as taught to him by his guru, Shiv Brat Lal of Gopiganj. Faqir Chand, like his lama counterparts, spent much of his life in meditation, attempting to consciously go through the dying process in order to prepare himself for his final exit.

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    • The Oceanic Metaphor

    • Studies in Consciousness
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Robert Hermansen
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Perhaps the study of consciousness has an inherent limitation, similar in import to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle in quantum mechanics or Gödel’s incompleteness theorem in mathematics. Perhaps we are like seasoned travelers on a Mobius strip in quest of the “other” side of the band who after long and arduous circular travels come to realize that no matter what route we take we will always only be touching the same surface.

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    • very good lecture

    • By Ricardo on 05-01-18

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    • Why I Don't Eat Faces

    • A Neurophilosophical Argument for Veganism
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The moral imperative behind vegetarianism is precisely this: to imagine the pain of an animal and then to ask yourself one straightforward question: Do I need to kill it in order to live? And, if you do not need to eat animals to live a good life, then ask yourself the following, and perhaps more pertinent, questions: Is slaughtering a cow, beheading a chicken, or hooking a fish necessary? Is my palate the driving force behind my ethical values?

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    • Good Intentions Went Preachy

    • By espanolish on 09-20-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Cosmic Creationism: Ken Wilber's Theory of Evolution

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    I first critiqued Ken Wilber on his misunderstanding of evolution back in 1996, right after his book A Brief History of Everything was published. It has now been 18 years and if anything, Wilber has become even more firmly entrenched in his new brand of creationism, which ironically mimics much of what Christian fundamentalists object to about Darwinianism.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Points. Smug narration.

    • By Carlos G. Toledo Parada on 05-08-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Feynman Imperative

    • Why Science Works
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Steve Toner
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book consists of six distinct essays describing how science works, with special attention to how Richard Feynman viewed the scientific method. Chapter one explores the difference between evolution and mysticism's version of intelligent design. Chapter two is entitled The Feynman Imperative and explores a contentious debate over reductionism and its role in the hard sciences, particularly in explaining consciousness.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Decent, not what I was hoping for...

    • By julio mendez on 06-08-16

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    • The Ganesha Chronicles

    • Explorations in Hinduism
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Meghan Crawford
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book contains brief stories about famous Hindu myths, including Ganesha, Garuda, and Rama. It also includes two pertinent excerpts on advaita vedanta or non-dualist thinking from one of its earliest exponents and one from a famous modern sage, Ramana Maharshi.

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    • If you are going to read learn how to pronounce the important words

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-29-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Sir Arthur Eddington: On the Nature of Things

    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Neil Reeves
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is not too often that a brilliant scientist is also a wonderfully gifted writer. Sir Arthur Eddington was both. Brought up as a Quaker (he was a pacifist during World War One), Eddington was by all accounts a brilliant mathematician and physicist, who eventually became a professor of astronomy at Cambridge University. Sir Arthur Eddington is perhaps most famous for partially confirming Albert Einstein's theory of relativity back in 1919.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • On The Nature of Things

    • By Anonymous User on 03-27-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Evolution & Natural Selection: August Weismann on Darwin and Lamarck

    • By: August Weismann, Professor David Christopher Lane PhD - editor
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    August Weismann is regarded by many biologists, including Ernst Mayr from Harvard University, to be second only to Charles Darwin for progressing our understanding of evolution by natural selection. In this book, excerpted from the larger commemorative tome Darwin and Modern Science, edited by A. C. Seward and others, Weismann tackles many of the difficult questions confronting natural selection. In the process, Weismann offers a penetrating critique of Lamarck and provides the listener with rich and robust understanding of evolutionary theory. 

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Radhasoami

    • A Critical History of Guru Succession
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Presents a critical overview of guru succession in the Radhasoami tradition from its inception in the mid-1850s up until early 1991. Provides vital information for anyone interested in the politics behind guru succession in general. Includes extensive notes and an exhaustive bibliography.

    Regular price: $19.95

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