The Divine Within Selected Writings on Enlightenment By Aldous Huxley, Huston Smith

Brave New World author Aldous Huxley on enlightenment and the “ultimate reality”

In this anthology of twenty-six essays and other writings, Huxley discusses the nature of God, enlightenment, being, good and evil, religion, eternity, and the divine. Huxley consistently examined the spiritual basis of both the individual and human society, always seeking to reach an authentic and clearly defined experience of the divine. Featuring an introduction by renowned religious scholar Huston Smith, this celebration of “ultimate reality” proves relevant and prophetic in addressing the spiritual hunger so many feel today.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) is the author of the classic novels Brave New World, Island, Eyeless in Gaza, and The Genius and the Goddess, as well as such critically acclaimed nonfiction works as The Devils of Loudun, The Doors of Perception, and The Perennial Philosophy. Born in Surrey, England, and educated at Oxford,he died in Los Angeles, California.

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Aldous Huxley interview-1958 (FULL)

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A rare 1958 interview from the author of “Brave New World”
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Evidence of the Gods: A Visual Tour of Alien Influence in the Ancient World by Erich Von Daniken

“Erich boldly made us think about what no one else dared to even speak of. He continues to challenge our understanding of history.”
–Philip Coppens, author of The Ancient Alien Question

Ancient humans had the natural urge to document the world in which they lived, a fact that is evident in the cave paintings and carvings that still exist today. Why do rock paintings from various sites around the world all seem to depict the same things? Did the peoples of the prehistoric world have contact with each another? Is it possible that some were transported to far-flung locations in what our ancestors could only have described as “flying chariots”?

Erich von Däniken, one of the best-selling authors of all time and regarded by many as the father of the ancient alien theory, continues his mission to uncover Earth’s ancient past–this time with more than 150 extraordinary full-color photographs–in Evidence of the Gods.

This extensively illustrated book features never-before-seen photographs from his unique archive, compiled throughout decades of searching around the world for traces of the cosmic gods whom he believes came to Earth thousands of years ago. Evidence of the Gods offers the best and most impressive evidence to date, along with concise explanations for the images, to bolster the case that von Däniken has already been making quite convincingly for years.

Evidence of the Gods is his most convincing–and thoroughly entertaining–work yet.

Did extraterrestrial visitors really leave their unmistakable traces on our planet thousands of years ago?

The images will speak for themselves.

Erich von Däniken is arguably the most widely read and most-copied nonfiction author in the world. He published his first (and best-known) book, Chariots of the Gods, in 1968. It was a worldwide best-seller and has been followed by 31 more books, including the recent best-sellers Twilight of the Gods, History Is Wrong, and Odyssey of the Gods (all published by New Page Books). His works have been translated into 28 languages and sold more than 63 million copies. Several have also been made into films. Von Däniken’s ideas have been the inspiration for a wide range of TV series, including the History Channel’s hit Ancient Aliens. He lives in Switzerland but is an ever-present figure on the international lecture circuit.

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Meet Erich von Däniken

“I am not a UFO writer. My specialty is the past.”

In his groundbreaking work, internationally bestselling author Erich von Däniken seeks to challenge our fundamental conception of history.

Here he explains his radical investigation of religion, mythology, and ancient culture, as well as his greatest hope: that his theories will provoke controversy and discussion, rather than creating new dogma.

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What is life? How chemistry becomes biology ~ Addy Pross

In his famous 1944 text “What is Life?” Erwin Schrödinger pointed out how strange living systems appeared to be when viewed from a strictly physical standpoint. All living systems are highly organized and the emergence of these organized systems would seem to contradict the most basic tenets of physics and chemistry, which say that systems tend toward chaos and disorder. What is even more remarkable is that despite dramatic developments in molecular biology in the half century since Schrödinger’s remarks, we still don’t understand what life is or how it relates to the inanimate world.

In addressing Schrodinger’s classic question, renowned scientist Addy Pross offers a radically new approach to these fundamental questions of biology–what is life and how did it emerge. Pross examines these issues from a chemical perspective, providing a new understanding of how the sciences of chemistry and biology relate to one another. Pross shows that recent developments in a new area of chemistry called “systems chemistry” now allow researchers to outline the chemistry-biology connection, shedding light on how and why some prebiotic chemical systems are able to make the magical transformation from inanimate to animate. Through the application of these simple chemical concepts, this book reveals the essence of the animate-inanimate connection, explains the strange properties of living systems in chemical terms, and offers profound new insights into classical biological issues, such the mechanism and driving force for evolution and the origin of altruism.

Pross reveals that the emergence of life on earth and classical Darwinian theory are intimately related–that Darwinian theory is just the biological expression of a more general chemical principle, one that Darwin himself predicted would likely be uncovered in time.

Addy Pross is Professor of Chemistry at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. A distinguished chemist, he is co-author of the highly cited and acclaimed Pross-Shaik model of chemical reactivity. He has held visiting positions in many universities world-wide, including the University of Lund, Stanford University, Rutgers University, University of California at Irvine, University of Padova, the Australian National University Canberra, and Sydney University. In recent years he has applied his expertise in chemical reactivity to the Origin of Life problem and to the broader question of the problematic chemistry-biology interface.

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Addy Pross on Systems Chemistry

Addy Pross, author of What Is Life?, explains the new field of Systems Chemistry and how it will bridge the gap between chemistry and biology. http://global.oup.com/academic/produc…

Conversations – Addy Pross

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