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    • When the Sun Became the Center: How Copernicus Transformed Astronomy

    • By: Dorothy Stimson
    • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Essentially, most religions believe they already have the revealed truth and thus all future discoveries must, in some sense, comport with that revelation. Otherwise, the very core of such belief systems can be upended. Witness Christianity's reliance on the Bible and Islam's total acceptance of the Koran. Science, in contrast, doesn't hold to such priori dogmas, and thus is a new and open-ended quest for understanding how the universe operates. Because of this it is consistently free to being wrong and hence it is intrinsically progressive.  

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    • 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. 

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    • Reasonable Logic

    • By: Ludwig Wittgenstein
    • Narrated by: Judah Towery
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A Neural Library edition of Ludwig Wittgenstein's famous Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

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    • The Gnostic Jesus

    • Esoteric Christianity
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
    • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This book covers four distinct areas concerning the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Taken as a whole, it provides a new way of looking at Jesus and early Christianity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • By Jeremy on 05-19-17

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • The Transcendentalist

    • By: Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson is a paradoxical figure in American society. He represents the very height of individualism and blazing one's own path, but during his lifetime his views were considered so radical that Harvard College, despite Emerson being an honored student there, banned him from speaking for some three decades after he gave his 1838 speech on transcendentalism. Today, of course, Emerson is heralded as one of the great Americans of the 19th century. Harvard even has a building named after him.

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    • The Voice of Silence

    • By: Madame Blavatsky
    • Narrated by: D. B. Selby
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is a new edition of Madame Blavatsky's famous book on shabd yoga. Her work has similarities with the Nada Bindu Upanishad and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Shiv Dayal Singh's Sar Bachan. Highly recommended for those interested in meditation that focuses on listening to inner music and focusing on inner light and achieving spiritual liberation or moksha.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • terrible reader. great book.

    • By Charlene on 11-30-17

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    • 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.

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    • Conference of the Birds

    • A Mystic Allegory
    • By: Farid ud-Din Attar
    • Narrated by: Dean Sluyter
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Farid ud-Din Attar occupies a prominent place in the roll of distinguished Persian poets. His most famous work on Sufism, written eight centuries ago, is the Mantiq-ut-Tayr, or the "Colloquy of the Birds," an allegorical poem in which the gifted mystic describes the quest of the birds (symbolizing Sufi pilgrims) for the Simurg (the Lord of Creation).

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    • The Metaphysics of Morals

    • By: Immanuel Kant
    • Narrated by: Bruno Belmar
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    New formatted edition of Immanuel Kant's Metaphysics of Morals, republished by the MSAC Philosophy Group.

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    • The Unknowing Sage

    • The Life and Work of Faqir Chand
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Faqir Chand was a remarkable Indian sage who spent over 75 years practicing an ancient meditation technique, popularly known today as surat shabd yoga, which attempts to induce a consciously controlled near-death experience. This book contains Faqir Chand's unique autobiography which was dictated shortly before his death in Urdu and translated during his lifetime into English. It also includes a seasoned selection of Faqir Chand's radical teachings.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • many technical issues

    • By Anonymous in LA on 06-13-16

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    • 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.

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    • Is Consciousness Physical?

    • By: Andrea Diem-Lane, David Lane
    • Narrated by: Jason Fella
    • Length: 39 mins
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    Explores whether or not consciousness has a physical basis. Utilizes the work of Ramachandran, Feynman, Wilber, Churchland, and Gerald Edelman.

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    • The Gospel of Unbelief

    • By: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
    • Narrated by: Chiquito Joaquim Crasto
    • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Nietzsche's AntiChrist as published by the MSAC Philosophy Group.

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    • 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".

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    • 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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    • 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

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    • Mysticism and Mathematics

    • By: Bertrand Russell
    • Narrated by: Jim Raposa
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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    Although Bertrand Russell did most of his early work (along with his mentor and colleague Alfred North Whitehead) in mathematics, he had an enormously wide range of interests - from politics to sex education for the young. The following two essays - "Mysticism and Logic" and "Mathematics and the Metaphysicians" - provide listeners with a glimpse into Russell's thinking and, in turn, illuminates us about these deep subjects.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • great content, terrible narrator

    • By Dom on 04-02-18

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    • Surfing in the Cerebral Hemisphere

    • Rogue Waves of Information
    • By: David Christopher Lane
    • Narrated by: Karey James Kimmel
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
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    This book touches upon a number of cutting edge issues in science, including artificial intelligence and its impact on humankind, Darwin's moral sense and its implications, and how to think critically in an age of paranormal beliefs.

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