Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer

The foundations of scientific materialism are in the process of crumbling. In Signature in the Cell, philosopher of science Stephen C. Meyer shows how the digital code in DNA points powerfully to a designing intelligence behind the origin of life.

Unlike previous arguments for intelligent design, Signature in the Cell presents a radical and comprehensive new case, revealing the evidence not merely of individual features of biological complexity but rather of a fundamental constituent of the universe: information. That evidence has been mounting exponentially in recent years, known to scientists in specialized fields but largely hidden from public view. A Cambridge University-trained theorist and researcher, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, Dr. Meyer is the first to bring the relevant data together into a powerful demonstration of the intelligence that stands outside nature and directs the path life has taken.

The universe is comprised of matter, energy, and the information that gives order to matter and energy, thereby bringing life into being. In the cell, information is carried by DNA, which functions like a software program. The signature in the cell is that of the master programmer of life.

In his theory of evolution, Charles Darwin never sought to unravel the mystery of where biological information comes from. For him, the origins of life remained shrouded in impenetrable obscurity. While the digital code in DNA first came to light in the 1950s, it wasn’t until later that scientists began to sense the implications behind the exquisitely complex technical system for processing and storing information in the cell. The cell does what any advanced computer operating system can do but with almost inconceivably greater suppleness and efficiency.

Drawing on data from many scientific fields, Stephen Meyer formulates a rigorous argument employing the same method of inferential reasoning that Darwin used. In a thrilling narrative with elements of a detective story as well as a personal quest for truth, Meyer illuminates the mystery that surrounds the origins of DNA. He demonstrates that previous scientific efforts to explain the origins of biological information have all failed, and argues convincingly for intelligent design as the best explanation of life’s beginning. In final chapters, he defends ID theory against a range of objections and shows how intelligent design offers fruitful approaches for future scientific research.

Appearing in this year of Darwin anniversaries—Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his Origin of Species—Signature in the Cell could only have been written now that the data of biology’s dawning information age has started to come in. Meyer shares with readers the excitement of the most recent discoveries, as the digital technology at work in the cell has been progressively revealed. The operating system embedded in the genome includes nested coding, digital processing, distributive retrieval and storage systems. It is very extraordinary—the terminology is all recognizable from computer science.

The appearance of Meyer’s book is timely in two other ways. First, bestselling atheist writers like biologist Richard Dawkins have insisted that because Darwin buried the traditional argument for design in nature, religious belief has been shown to be irrational in our modern scientific age. Meyer reveals that, on the contrary, it is precisely our modern scientific age that is in the process of burying materialist theories of life’s development.

Second, since a federal judge in Dover, Pennsylvania, ruled in 2005 that intelligent design may not rightfully claim the designation of “science,” Judge John E. Jones has become the hero of Darwinian activists and their supporters in academia and the media. The Dover decision has been hailed as the death knell of intelligent design. Hardly so! Speaking from the more relevant perspective of the philosophy of science, Meyer responds that federal judges were never given the job of defining what is scientific and what is not.

As a philosopher and a scientist himself, having worked in the field of geophysics for Atlantic Richfield, Meyer is able to step back from the fray of competing views about Darwinian theory and offer a searching, compelling investigation of life’s beginning.

One hundred fifty years ago, Charles Darwin revolutionized biology, but did he refute intelligent design (ID)? In Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer argues that he did not.

Much confusion surrounds the theory of intelligent design. Frequently misrepresented by the media, politicians, and local school boards, intelligent design can be defended on purely scientific grounds in accordance with the same rigorous methods that apply to every proposed origin-of-life theory.

Signature in the Cell is the first book to make a comprehensive case for intelligent design based upon DNA. Meyer embarks on an odyssey of discovery as he investigates current evolutionary theories and the evidence that ultimately led him to affirm intelligent design. Clearly defining what ID is and is not, Meyer shows that the argument for intelligent design is not based on ignorance or “giving up on science,” but instead upon our growing scientific knowledge of the information stored in the cell.

A leading proponent of intelligent design in the scientific community, Meyer presents a compelling case that will generate heated debate, command attention, and find new adherents from leading scientists around the world.

Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
Author: Stephen C. Meyer


Stephen C. Meyer is director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (CSC) and a founder both of the intelligent design movement and of the CSC, intelligent design’s primary intellectual and scientific headquarters. Dr. Meyer is a Cambridge University-trained philosopher of science, the author of peer-reviewed publications in technical, scientific, philosophical and other books and journals. His signal contribution to ID theory is given most fully in Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, published by HarperOne in June 2009.

While other scientists and writers on the general subject of ID have debunked Darwinian theory by focusing on discrete aspects of life’s history and complexity — the Cambrian explosion, gaps in the fossil record, irreducibly complex features like the bacterial flagellum or the mechanism of blood clotting, and the like — Meyer’s research goes to the very source of the mystery of life: its origin, and more specifically the origin of biological information as represented in DNA. Signature in the Cell presents a radical and comprehensive new case, revealing the evidence not merely of individual features of biological complexity but of a fundamental constituent of the universe, namely information.

Meyer has argued that the intelligent design field is still in its infancy and that vital evidence of a designer’s “signature” on life only emerged as recently as just 10-15 years ago. His work in biological information represents the cutting edge of the argument for design.

Graduating from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, in 1981 with a degree in physics and earth science, he later became a geophysicist with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Dallas, Texas. From 1981 to 1985, he worked for ARCO in digital signal processing and seismic survey interpretation. As a Rotary International Scholar, he received his training in the history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University, earning a PhD in 1991. His thesis offered a methodological interpretation of origin-of-life research.

He returned to Whitworth College in 1990 to teach philosophy. He left Whitworth in 2002, giving up a tenured position, to found and direct the CSC at Discovery Institute.

Prior to the publication of Signature in the Cell, the piece of writing for which Meyer was best known was an August 2004 review essay in the Smithsonian Institution-affiliated peer-reviewed biology journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. The article laid out the evidential case for intelligent design, that certain features of living organisms–such as the miniature machines and complex circuits within cells–are better explained by an unspecified designing intelligence than by an undirected natural process like random mutation and natural selection.

Because the article was the first peer-review publication in a technical journal arguing for ID, the journal’s editor, evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg, was punished by his Smithsonian supervisors for allowing Meyer’s pro-ID case into print. This led to an investigation of top Smithsonian personnel by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, widely covered in the media, including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. The federal investigation concluded that Sternberg had been wrongly disciplined and intimidated. The case led to widespread public indignation at the pressures placed on Darwin-doubting scientists not only at the Smithsonian but at universities around the U.S. and elsewhere.

Meyer’s many other publications include a contribution to, and the editing of, the peer-reviewed volume Darwinism, Design and Public Education (Michigan State University Press, 2004) and the innovative textbook Explore Evolution (Hill House Publishers, 2007).

Meyer has been widely featured in media appearance on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, PBS, and the BBC. In 2008, he appeared with Ben Stein in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. He’s also featured prominently in two other science documentaries, Icons of Evolution and Unlocking The Mystery of Life.

Deepak Chopra on 1) What is Maya 2) What or Who is God? 3) What is Karma?

What is Maya
What is the meaning of Maya? Our senses gives a very unreliable and limited view of reality. Is the physical world we see is real? Our world corresponds to our nervous system. Our world is species specific, it is a perceptual experience and it is influenced by many things.What about science? Does that give us an accurate description of the world? It can not, as science is an extension of our senses, it only can give a human perception of the world. An accurate description of the world around us need to be independent of the observer. Infinite possibilities is the only reality. Maya means illusion and the measurement of infinity into finite forms.

Who or What is God ?

As soon as we define God we limit God. God is the ultimate mystery that we cannot define. God is our highest potential to know ourselves and the end goal of our seeking. It can be infinite potential, creativity, love, compassion among many other things. God is the universe in manifestation. Can we experience God personally?

What is Karma

What is Karma? There is a lot of misunderstanding around this word. Karma simply means action. Every action has consequences. Conscious choice making is the most effective way of creating future consequences of karma. Karma creates the future, but it is also an echo from the past. Karma conditions our soul through memory, desire and imagination. Most people are prisoners of Karma, because it becomes a conditioned reflex and produces predictable outcomes in their lives. The goal of enlightenment is to break the in shackles of Karma.

The Astrology of May 2012 – for Everyone

An amazing month. Tons of mutable energy, several six-pointed stars – including two different kinds, a five pointed star and a solar eclipse. A huge, overwhelming turning point of a month. Do not expect clarity. But you can expect a lot of help. As weird and wild and crazy as the vibes are, May is loaded with positive synchronicity.

Consciousness Beyond Life ~ Dr. Pim van Lommel

In Consciousness Beyond Life, the internationally renowned cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel offers ground-breaking research into whether or not our consciousness survives the death of our body. If you enjoy books about near-death experiences, such as those by Raymond Moody, Jeffrey Long, and James Van Praagh; watch televisions shows like Ghosthunters, Touched by an Angel, and Ghost Whisperer; or are interested in works that explore the intersection of faith and science, such as Spiritual Brain, Signature in the Cell, and When Science Meets Religion; you’ll find much to ponder in Consciousness Beyond Life.

Book Description

As a cardiologist, Pim van Lommel was struck by the number of his patients who claimed to have near-death experiences as a result of their heart attacks. As a scientist, this was difficult for him to accept: Wouldn’t it be scientifically irresponsible of him to ignore the evidence of these stories? Faced with this dilemma, van Lommel decided to design a research study to investigate the phenomenon under the controlled environment of a cluster of hospitals with a medically trained staff.

For more than twenty years van Lommel systematically studied such near-death experiences in a wide variety of hospital patients who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, he and his fellow researchers published his study on near-death experiences in the renowned medical journal The Lancet.

The article caused an international sensation as it was the first scientifically rigorous study of this phenomenon. Now available for the first time in English, van Lommel offers an in-depth presentation of his results and theories in this book that has already sold over 125,000 copies in Europe.

Van Lommel provides scientific evidence that the near-death phenomenon is an authentic experience that cannot be attributed to imagination, psychosis, or oxygen deprivation. He further reveals that after such a profound experience, most patients’ personalities undergo a permanent change. In van Lommel’s opinion, the current views on the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by most physicians, philosophers, and psychologists are too narrow for a proper understanding of the phenomenon. In Consciousness Beyond Life, van Lommel shows that our consciousness does not always coincide with brain functions and that, remarkably and significantly, consciousness can even be experienced separate from the body.

Pim van Lommel, M.D., was born in 1943, graduated in 1971 from the University of Utrecht, and finished his specialization in cardiology in 1976. He worked from 1977–2003 as a cardiologist in Hospital Rijnstate, an 800-bed Teaching Hospital in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and is now doing full-time research on the mind-brain relation.

He published several articles on cardiology, but since he started his research on near-death experiences (NDE) in survivors of cardiac arrest in 1986, he is the author of more than 20 articles (most of them in Dutch), one book, and several chapters about NDE. He is married, has two children and five grandchildren.

In November 2007, his book Endless Consciousness (Eindeloos Bewustzijn) was published in The Netherlands, which was a bestseller with more than 100.000 copies sold within one year. It was nominated for the Book of the Year in 2008. This book has also been published in Germany by Patmos Verlag as Endloses Bewusstsein. Neue Medizinische Fakten zur Nahtoderfahrung, and in English by HarperCollins as Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience.

Present! – Pim van Lommel (part one) Consciousness Beyond Life

Mel Van Dusen interviews renowned cardiologist Pim van Lommel about his research into the near-death experience and it’s implications for a radically new paradigm for living in the 21st century.
Present! – Pim van Lommel (part two) Consciousness Beyond Life

Pt.3 of 4 – Dr. Pim Van Lommel – Consciousness Beyond Life

Pt.4 of 4 – Dr. Pim Van Lommel – Consciousness Beyond Life

The Path of Synchronicity: Align Yourself With Your Life’s Flow by Allan Hunter (updated May 1, 2012)

A combination of Jungian study, literary analysis, and therapy, this guide offers a powerful vision for capitalizing on synchronicity to instill peace in the self and the world. Synchronous moments are more than pure chance, coincidence, and dumb luck; this book shows that by recognizing them as a connection to a much larger, older pattern, readers can use the myths of culture and 1,000-year-old civilizations to guide themselves out of suffering and into tranquility. Starting with a new explanation of synchronicity and then offering practical instructions and exercises to tap into this collective wisdom, the book helps readers identify the mythic patterns that guide humanity, allowing them to face inner monsters without fear, convert them into love and compassion, and relax as part of a universal harmony.

Allan G. Hunter: The Path of Synchronicity.

What is synchronicity? How can you get it to work for you? What does it take? If you want to know how to align yourself with the flow of energy of the universe, then you’ll need this book….

Synchronicities – Dr Allan Hunter

THE FUTURE IS NOW: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

The Future Is Now contains 108 pithy sayings by this remarkable Buddhist teacher, combined with striking contemporary photographs. This is His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s first book for a popular audience. Each pairing of text and image offers timely advice, densely packed with layers of meaning.

In The Future Is Now, the 17th Karmapa addresses the pressing issues of our day: religious tolerance, environmental protection, and world peace. His practical advice is infused with a uniquely Buddhist perspective, as when he calls on us to check our motivation, to trust our own intelligence, or to realize everyday fallacies. Throughout, the 17th Karmapa provides fresh insights in everyday language—as in his parting words:


Fame and fortune are but rainbows in the sky.
Loved ones—friends and family—are mere etchings on water.
The business of living life is simply last night’s dream.
All creation is just a flash of lightning in the dark.


We are capable of having a huge impact on the world. The only way for us to protect our species—and the planet—from our own destructive power is to do everything possible to maintain peace and stability among ourselves. Therefore, it is worthwhile for all of us to study and lovingly preserve all the religions, traditions, and systems that promote peace and unity for humankind.

The Future Is Now is for anyone concerned with the state of the planet and human society—meditator or not. It is the perfect gift for friends and family yet to be exposed to the dharma and a treasury of practical advice for both new and old-time practitioners.


Investigate the situation properly before taking action, whether in public or in private matters. Consider the long-term implications of your deeds. What is the best way to achieve your aims? What problems might arise and how can you avoid or overcome them? In the face of an insurmountable obstacle, what alternatives exist? The more you tap into your own and other people’s experience, the deeper into these questions you can go.

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism and the seventeenth in the Karmapa line of reincarnate lamas dating to the eleventh century. His Holiness dazzled audiences during his first tour of America in 2008 and promises to be a dynamic and compelling teacher as were his predecessors before him.

His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart

His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.

Professor Chris Frith –‘What is Consciousness For?’

A great deal of our behaviour occurs without our being aware of what we are doing or of the stimuli that elicit this behaviour. Why then do we have a vivid sense of having conscious control of our actions even though this is an illusion? What does consciousness add to our abilities? First, our sense of being in control of our actions is intimately related to the feeling of being responsible for our actions.

Second, our experience of having chosen between different options enables us to explain and justify our behaviour to others. So what is the function of consciousness? My conclusion is that conscious representations are necessary for us to experience ourselves as agents and to recognise agency in others. Furthermore, consciousness is a critical component of our ability to share experiences with each other and create a cooperative society in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Consciousness is not a private world which can never be accessed by others. Rather it enables us to create a shared world.


The End of Suffering and The Discovery of Happiness The Path of Tibetan Buddhism by Dalai Lama

A remarkable and rare overview of the key aspects of Tibetan Buddhism provided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The End of Suffering and the Discovery of Happiness presents a clear and straightforward road map for how we might end our experience of suffering and discover happiness, drawn by the most celebrated spiritual master of Buddhism-His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

In this insightful volume, he not only describes what religion can contribute to mankind, but also accentuates the significance of truly practicing religion and understanding what it is that mankind really needs.

His Holiness explains the three turnings of the wheel of Dharma; the purpose and the means of generating the mind of enlightenment; and the twelve links of dependent arising, as well as other preliminary concepts. Tsongkhapa’s The Three Principal Aspects of the Path and The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment have also been beautifully described in great detail. In The End of Suffering and the Discovery of Happiness, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, renowned for his warm-heartedness and his message of love, compassion, and peace offers an illuminating glimpse into the core of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dalai Lama: Inner Peace, Happiness, God and Money

The Dalai Lama (in an excerpt from the film “Dalai Lama Renaissance”) speaking about Inner Peace, Happiness, God and Money. “Dalai Lama Renaissance”, which is narrated by actor Harrison Ford, is produced and directed by Khashyar Darvich.

Thus far, “Dalai Lama Renaissance” has won over 12 awards worldwide, and is the official selection of over 40 film festivals around the world.

Butterflies Are Free to Fly: A New and Radical Approach to Spiritual Evolution by Stephen Davis

This is a free complimentary audio E-Book worth listening.

When Nicolaus Copernicus discovered the Earth wasn’t the center of the Universe, everything changed. When Frederick Miescher discovered DNA, everything changed again. When quantum physicists discovered our physical universe isn’t real, that it’s a hologram – everything … wait! Nothing changed – yet. Now “Butterflies Are Free To Fly” offers a new and radical approach to spiritual evolution.

Author Information
Stephen Davis
Stephen Davis’s many acclaimed books include the Rolling Stones history Old Gods Almost Dead as well as the New York Times bestsellers Walk This Way (with Aerosmith), Fleetwood (with Mick Fleetwood), and the Led Zeppelin history Hammer of the Gods.


Mirror of Consciousness (Art, Creativity & Veda) by Dr. Anna Bonshek

Mirror of Consciousness ambitiously traverses a wide range of themes pertaining to art creativity Knowledge and theory. Its unique perspective lies in its exposition of Vedic Science as brought to light by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and in the application of the principle of this science to a preliminary analysis of the Vastusutra Upanishad. No other publication comprehensive vision.

To do justice to the topic of universal value in art and theory, the author has delved into several areas that impact the visual arts – late twentieth- century debates in art theory models of historiography new definitions of culture and tradition in the context of the individual’s own consciousness or simplest form of awareness. Though comprehensive and detailed it will appeal to those who are curious about trends in the visual arts the advent and impact of new technologies and the development of collective consciousness in our time.


Preface vii
Introduction 1
Part I: Art As A Language Game: Lamenting The Loss
OF Universal Value 6
1 Modern Art and Theory: Created by a Genius: Art Evokes Universal Aesthetic Emotion 11
2 Indian Theory: Art and Santa 25
3 Postmodern Arts as a pluralist Language Game: Pointing to the Unnamable 31
4 Beyond Postmodernism: Universal Value in Art and a New Sense of self 45
Part ii: Accessing and Enlivening a Universal Field of
Pure Consciousness. 52
5 Pure Consciousness: The Universal Self-Referral Source of
Creation 56
6 Developing Higher States of Consciousness through the Practice
of the Transcendental Meditation Technique the Tm-Sidhi
Program and Yogic Flying 76
7 Scientific Research on Maharishi’s Technologies of Consciousness. 101
Part iii: The Veda And The Vedic Literature: The
Complete Disclosure Of Nature’s Creative
Mechanics 108
8 Self- Referral Consciousness as the Structure of Rk Veda The
Holistic Value of Natural Law at the basis of Creation. 112
9 The Mandala Structure of Rk Veda 139
10 The Forty Aspects of the Veda and the Vedic Literature and their
Qualities of Intelligence: Impulses of Consciousness as the
Structuring Mechanics of Rk. Veda 146
11 The Absolute Value of Each of the Four Vedas Rk, Sama, Yajur,
and Atharva Veda. 154
12 The Vedanga and the Darsana: The Expansion and Submergence
of Self-Referral Consciousness and the Phenomenon of Cognition 163
13 Upa-Veda The Subordinate Veda or third cluster of the Vedic
Literature 176
14 Ayur Veda Brahmana and Pratisakhya: The Final Three Cluster
of Natural Law. 187
Part iv: Natural Law: The Universal Foundation of
History Traditions, Culture, and Language 214
15 The Purpose and Dynamic of History: The Rise and Fall of Natural
Law in the Cyclical Unfoldment of Consciousness 216
16 Tradition: Different Modes of Activity Governed by Dharmas 232
17 Culture as the Expression of Specific Laws of Nature: Governing
Geography, Climate, Mannerism, Language and Accents of
Different Peoples 245
Part v: The Artist as a Universal Human Being Creating
Universal Value in Art and Aesthetics 259
18 The Role of the Artist: Spontaneously Functioning From the Level
of Natural Law 262
19 The Creative Process: Operating From the Level of Nature’s Creative
Mechanics 272
20 Universal Art and its Effects 303
21 Aesthetics Value and Aesthetic Response: Leading the Viewer
Toward bliss and a Unified Self 314
Part vi: Uncovering The Details of The Nature and
Structure of Pure Consciousness in the
Vastusutra Upanisad 326
22 Re- Contextualizing the Vastusutra Upanisad: Uncovering Wholeness 329
23 The First and Last Sutras: Containing the wholeness of the Text
in Seed Form 343
24 The Artist and Creative Process knowing what Consciousness is
and what It is Made of 349
25 Form or Rupa: Unmanifest to Manifest 365
26 Point, Line, Grid, Triangle, Square, Circle, and Number as Values
of Consciousness 376
27 Transformative Futures 396
Notes 405
Appendix 441
Bibliography 462

Dr Anna Bonshek, is a founding director of the Prana World Group, a founding director of Akshara Productions, a collaborative, multi-arts organisation and director of Akkshara (USA). Over ten years Akshara Productions has completed new digital media art works involving dance, music, performance, text and animation, featured at the Visual Arts Gallery, Delhi, India and Novosibirsk State Museum, Kazaksthan. Prior to this Dr Bonshek worked as Director of Web Content at USA Global Link Inc., and was Assistant Professor of Art and Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management (MUM), USA. An artist and writer, she has exhibited her artwork worldwide, including in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Kazaksthan, and India.

Dr Bonshek was Regional Reviewer and Regional Editor for Chicago-based journal New Art Examiner and among her publications are the books “Mirror of Consciousness: Art, Creativity and Veda” (2001) and “The Big Fish: Consciousness as Structure, Body and Space” (2007). She is a contributing editor to the ground-breaking 30-volume series “Consciousness, Literature and the Arts” and is a principal contributor to the forthcoming publication “Consciousness-Based Education and Art, Volume VII.”

Dr Bonshek has expertise, in the areas of creative endeavour, the visual arts, design and digital media, higher education, and personal development and has worked and lectured in the USA, England, India, Cambodia and Australia. She has received awards from the Royal Society of Arts, the Science Policy Foundation (UK), the InterSociety for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council (USA), and has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Tasmania, Jane Franklin Hall.

Dr Bonshek has a long-standing interest in Vedic knowledge, individual and social development and the principles of Vedic architecture (Vastu) and design. She is a certified Vastu Coordinator and brings a unique aesthetic to her work and creative pursuits.

Vedic Astrology Q & A – Yogi Baba Prem

Yogi Baba Prem answers questions about Vedic Astrology.

Jackie Evancho – To Believe with Lyrics – The Original HD

Her “spellbinding, operatic vocals possess a power and poignancy that often moves listeners multiple times her age to tears.”

Famous as :
Birth Name :Jacqueline Marie Evancho
Birth Date :April 09, 2000
Birth Place : Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Claim to fame :First runner-up of the 5th season of “America’s Got Talent”


Jackie Evancho was born April 9, 2000 and started singing since she was just eight years old. She found her interest in music after watching musical “The Phantom of the Opera”. She later competed in a local singing contest in his native Pennsylvania, winning the runner-up place. Living in the suburb area of Pittsburg, she then took vocal lessons, took part in other contests to enrich her experience and uploaded her rendition of music on YouTube.

In 2009, Jackie released an indie album called “Prelude to a Dream” which covered songs from the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Martina McBride. It debuted at No. 2 on iTunes and Billboard Classical Albums Chart.

A year later, Jackie entered “America’s Got Talent” after winning the YouTube competition sponsored by the TV show. She received the most votes from fans to be advanced to the next round and continued to become one of the audience favorites until the finale. Making a duet with Sarah Brightman in “Time to Say Goodbye” and singing solo in “Ave Maria”, she finished at the second place.

Following her win as the runner-up on “AGT”, Jackie signed a record deal with Columbia Records. She dropped a mini album called “O Holy Night” in October 2010. It was ranked the first on Amazon’s bestseller pre-order list and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Classical chart. Also, it landed at No. 2 on Hot 200, making her the youngest female solo artist to debut in the top 10.

When the EP was released, her indie album was withdrawn from the market. “Because the CD was recorded about a year and half ago and her current voice no longer sounds like what it did then [due to vocal maturity…], we decided to withdraw ‘Prelude to a Dream’ and will be concentrating on new material as part of her progress,” so it was explained.

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Solitude: Seeking Wisdom In Extremes ~ Robert Kull

Years after losing his lower right leg in a motorcycle crash, Robert Kull traveled to a remote island in Patagonia’s coastal wilderness with equipment and supplies to live alone for a year. He sought to explore the effects of deep solitude on the body and mind and to find the spiritual answers he’d been seeking all his life. With only a cat and his thoughts as companions, he wrestled with inner storms while the wild forces of nature raged around him. The physical challenges were immense, but the struggles of mind and spirit pushed him even further.

Solitude: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes is the diary of Kull’s tumultuous year. Chronicling a life distilled to its essence — the fundamental mechanics of daily survival — Solitude is also a philosophical meditation on the tensions between nature and technology, isolation and society. With humor and brutal honesty, Kull explores the pain and longing we typically avoid in our frantically busy lives as well as the peace and wonder that arise once we strip away our distractions. He describes the enormous Patagonia wilderness with poetic attention, transporting the reader directly into both his inner and outer experiences.

Kull went into solitude fishing for enlightenment, seeking The Answer, but came back empty-handed. Wilderness, he found, is a place to clearly see the insanity of denying that the world is as it is. He discovered that life itself teaches us all we need to know — once we pause to really listen.

Born in Ventura, California, Robert Kull has spent years wandering North and South America working as a scuba instructor, travel guide, construction worker, logger, community organic gardening teacher, truck driver, bartender, dishwasher, firefighter, photographer, and professor. In 1985 he lost his lower right leg after a motorcycle crash in the Dominican Republic. He began undergraduate studies at age forty and now holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Robert Kull author of SOLITUDE on The Hour

Bob Kull author of SOLITUDE: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes talks about the year he spent total solitude in the Patagonia Wilderness on CBC-TV’s THE HOUR with George Stroumboulopoulus.

Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence

Session 3 of “Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence”, the Mind and Life XXIII conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in dialogue with contemplative scholars, activists and ecological scientists who discuss the interconnection between individual choices and environmental consequences. The conference was held at His Holiness’s office in Dharamsala, India, from October 17-21, 2011.

The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living

At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama issued eighteen rules for living.

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

How to get out of this world alive: The Ultimate Self Empowerment Handbook ~ Alain Forget

How to Get Out of this World Alive Alain Forget, a French philosopher working within the non-dualistic tradition, has developed a remarkably practical and rapid method that can usher in a more conscious life, liberated from fear and anxiety. This method, the 4Ds, which he presents in his forthcoming book, How To Get Out of this World Alive, dismantles the illusory guilt-generating foundations on which the sense of identity is built. As he has repeatedly demonstrated to his own students, it is only if the individual dismantles these mechanisms that he can move from making unconscious losing choices to making conscious winning choices.

The 4Ds is designed to send the student towards the deepest parts of himself. It is paradoxically by going to these depths that consciousness can raise itself, revealing the individual’s talents and his ability to make them manifest. Only if the individual can connect to a richer, happier and more abundant life can he surrender to a process of metaphysical enquiry that can, in turn, trigger awakening. This is the unconditioned freedom that the awakened Teachers of the great philosophic and religious traditions have been discussing for millennia.

Alain Forget ‘How To Get Out Of This World ALIVE’ Interview by Iain McNay

Author of the book ‘How To Get Out Of This World ALIVE’ Alain talks about his awakening in Chartres Cathedral when he was 25: ‘It is nothing else but our natural state, always there but masked by our psychological entity.’ He worked for many year to integrate the awakening and has now created a system, The 4 D’s. DISTANCING; DISCERNMENT; DIS-IDENTIFICATION; DISCRIMINATION

About Alain Forget

Awakening occurred one winter’s afternoon in the half-light of the 12th century Gothic cathedral of Chartres. In the winter of 1977-1978, I used to travel to this beautiful medieval town that lies about an hour away from Paris where I would settle down to read certain metaphysical texts. I would then meditate for an hour and return home.

The Mysteries of Christianity Part IV ~ Humanity Healing

The Hymn of Jesus and the Esoteric Tradition

Christ, as a hierophant of ancient mysteries, constituted some secret rituals, the strict focus of which was in the training and expansion of consciousness of his disciples. These went beyond the ritual of Baptism and Eucharist:

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body. Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
~ Matthew 26:26-28

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you; I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
~ Mark 14:22-25

“When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God. After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
~ Luke 22:14-20

The registering of these rituals is very much veiled in the Bible. An example of which is the rite of the hymn sang by Jesus Christ and his disciples after the Last Supper. It was recorded in a brief and enigmatic manner and itemized in the same fashion in Mark (14:26) and Matthew

“When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
~ Matthew 26:30

Nevertheless, this ritual was preserved through an apocryphal document known as the Acts of John and it was later published as the Hymn of Jesus Christ. In the ceremonial of the hymn, the disciples are said to be in a circle, holding hands. Jesus gave the tone and frequency of the hymn in the center of the circle. The disciples would respond Amen and move themselves in circles. Does the description of this ritual seem familiar to what the whirling dervishes do in their Rituals of Ecstasy?

The power of the hymn could be expressed by some of its sayings:

“Glory to you, Father!

Glory to you, The Word!

Glory to you, Grace!

Glory to you, Spirit!

Glory to you, Sacred!”

The rite continued with an encompassing rhythm, which progressively induced the participants to a higher level of consciousness. In the same canticle, we find declarations of an esoteric nature, such as:

“Now respond to my dancing!

See yourself in me when I speak!

And seeing what I do, keep silence about the Mysteries!”

It ends with an interesting phrase that announces something that was also espoused by the modern psychology Carl Jung: “If you have known how to suffer, you would have the power to avoid suffering. Know the suffering, and you will conquer the power to do not suffer”

The Knowing Heart A Sufi Path of Transformation ~ Kabir Helminski


As human beings we stand on the threshold between two realities: the world of material existence and the world of spiritual Being. The “knowing heart” is the sacred place where these two dimensions meet and are integrated.

In Sufi teaching the human heart is not a fanciful metaphor but an objective organ of intuition and perception. It is able to perceive all that is beautiful, lovely, and meaningful in life—and to reflect these spiritual qualities in the world, for the benefit of others. Every human heart has the capacity and the destiny to bring that world of divine reality into this world of appearances.

The Sufis, mystics of Islam, have been educators of the heart for some fourteen centuries. Their teachings and methods are designed to help us awaken and purify the heart, to learn to listen to our deepest knowing. In The Knowing Heart, Kabir Helminski presents the Sufi way as a practical spirituality suitable for all cultures and times—and offers insights that are especially valuable for our life in today’s world. In cultivating a knowing heart, we learn to experience a new sense of self, transform our relationships, and enhance our creative capacities. Most important, we learn how to meet the spiritual challenge of our time: to realize our sacred humanness.

Kabir Helminski is the author of Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self, as well as the translator of numerous books of Sufi literature and especially Rumi. He is the codirector, with his wife, Camille Helminski, of the Threshold Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the knowledge and practice of Sufism. As the publisher of Threshold Books for some twenty years, he was largely responsible for making Rumi the most widely read poet of our time. As a producer and writer of Sufi music, he has gained recognition for numerous recordings, including his own Garden within the Flames. He is a representative of the Mevlevi tradition founded by Jelaluddin Rumi.

Excerpt from the Interview with Kabir Helminski, Science and Nonduality Anthology

Reflections on Earth Day ~ Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore in his home office in Nashville, TN. (Time magazine)

In 1994, I was asked by Rachel Carson’s publisher to write the introduction for the 30th anniversary edition of Silent Spring. It was, of course, a privilege and honor. Here is part of what I wrote:

“Writing about Silent Spring is a humbling experience for an elected official,because Rachel Carson’s landmark book offers undeniable proof that the power of an idea can be far greater than the power of politicians. In 1962, when Silent Spring was first published, “environment” was not even an entry in the vocabulary of public policy. In a few cities especially Los Angeles, smog had become a cause of concern, albeit more because of its appearance than because of its threat to public health.Conservation—the precursor of environmentalism — had been mentioned during the 1960 Democratic and Republican conventions, but only in passing and almost entirely in the context of national parks and natural resources. And except for a few scattered entries in largely inaccessible scientific journals, there was virtually no public dialogue about the growing, invisibly dangers of DDT and other pesticides and chemicals. Silent Spring came as a cry in the wilderness, a deeply felt, thoroughly researched, and brilliantly written argument that changed the course of history. Without this book, the environmental movement might have been long delayed or never have developed at all.”

On this Earth Day, which comes nearly fifty years since the first printing of Silent Spring, Carson’s work continues to stand as a testament to the power of conscience, insight and our collective ability to make the world a better place. Carson’s conclusions inspired a generation to realize that human beings do not live in isolation, but as part of something much bigger. As she so eloquently stated in her masterwork, “in nature nothing exists alone.”

Nothing demonstrates the complexity of the natural world—and our ability to disturb it—like the climate crisis. Every day, we pump 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere as if it were an open sewer. Already, we are experiencing many of the impacts scientists predicted decades ago—higher temperatures, more extreme weather, the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases, and rising sea levels. Scientists have warned us of the disturbing future we are creating for ourselves and our children and grandchildren. At stake is the survival of our civilization as we know it and the type of world we are going to leave as a legacy for those who follow us.

It is at times like these that people must come together, mobilize, and demand the change we need. This is a moral moment, a fork in the road. It is not ultimately about any scientific discussion or political dialogue but about who we are as human beings. It is about our capacity to transcend our own limitations and rise to this occasion. We have done so before. I have seen young people and their parents come together to create great change. In the 1960’s, the Civil Rights movement, led by young people but joined by people of all ages and backgrounds, helped to overturn the legal oppression of African Americans and helped create a more just society.

And, it was young people and social activists who helped to end apartheid in South Africa by supporting the divestment movement in the United States and around the world, which ultimately pressured the government to end legalized racism.

So on this Earth Day, I urge you to reflect on Silent Spring and to open your heart to Rachel Carson’s message. Allow it to inspire you to act. Feel the preciousness of our connection to our children and the solemnity of our obligation to safeguard their future and to protect the Earth we are bequeathing to them.

Note: For further reading on related article, refer to Silent Spring by Rachel Carson on this website.

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