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From Science to God: A Physicist's Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness

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Peter Russell went from being a strict atheist and scientist to discovering a profound personal synthesis of the mystical and the scientific. That transition is the basis of this book. In From Science to God, he blends physics, psychology, and philosophy to reach a new worldview in which consciousness is a fundamental quality of creation. Russell shows how all the ...more
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Published December 22nd 2004 by New World Library (first published 2000)
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Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Unlike the God I rejected as a youth, God as the light of consciousness neither conflicts with my scientific leanings, nor does it run counter to my intuition and reason. Indeed, it points towards an ultimate convergence of science and religion."
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading Chapter Seven online a few years before I purchased the book. It completely shifted my world view and had me questioning everything I thought I knew. If anything this book opens the eyes of those clouded by logic and science. These words brought me to life from my deep atheistic thought and, among other writings, led me towards my current university studies. This book is not for everyone, but those who can read objectively and openly will gain more and more from every page. 5 ...more
Ronald Fife
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Peter Russell offers an easy to understand work that describes his new “paradigm of paradigms”. I was first enlightened by him through watching his video lecture,
“The Primacy of Consciousness”, which I highly recommend. His simplification that light may be the fundamental source of existence is a good starting point, but I don’t think he is really saying that. In my interpretation he seems to be saying that light is a good place to look to get closer to a fundamental source. In the above video
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very interesting concept and book: it has put me onto consciousness as an area of exploration. As a sometime process theologian I found it intriguing.
John Spiri
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Russell writes eloquently and logically about life and the nature of reality. Much of the book contains his reflections on his life and why he walked the path he did.
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
For those of you who are familiar with the basic principles of Quantum Physics, you will no doubt be familiar with the enigma physicists have known for decades: At the most fundamental level of matter, the very fact of observation directly affects what's being observed. Put another way, our consciousness actually shapes the "reality" we perceive. Peter Russell does a fantastic job of making complex ideas and advanced scientific models easily understandable in simple, every-day language and ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a young mathematician at Cambridge University Peter Russell had some deep, fundamental questions about the nature of the universe and he realized that math, or the sciences in general, could not adequately address his questions. Leaving Cambridge on his quest for knowledge Peter studied with Indian sages and he became intrigued with religion, philosophy and even quantum physics.

Peter Russell uses his unique blend of life experiences to connect these seemingly diverse fields into one
Josh Stroud
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
In a nutshell:
Russell proposes a paradigm shift from a materialist viewpoint, in which objective reality is made of time, space, and energy, to a consciousness viewpoint, in which reality is constructed by our collective consciousness and therefore subjective.

Consciousness is "built-in" to the universe, and everything is made out of mindstuff, not physical-stuff.

This paradigm would combine science and religion as two halves of humanity's collective search for truth.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am fascinated by consciousness. Nothing in the physical sciences predicts the phenomenon of consciousness. Yet its reality is apparent to each and every one of us. Qantum Physics is the only branch of science, I think, that has even a remote chance of exploring human consciousness and the realm of "deep mind". This book is a fantastic intro to this new field of study.
Kay Wiggins
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those with an inquiring mind
Recommended to Kay by: friend Phyllis
It's good to be reminded from time to time that there's a whole lot we don't know about what's "out there". Russell offers a thoughtful explanation of some of the possibilities, and how they may alter our perception of who we are and who God is.
Richard Williams
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
quick interesting read that left me eager to learn more.
excellent up to india, about 1/2 way, then became just good because of lack of detail.
question: exactly how does he meditate?
oe what did he learn in india and how can i repeat his lesson for myself?
followup topic: experiential knowledge.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorites. Very well done. If you like physics, at all, it explains the power of positive thinking with the help of quantum physics. Sounds difficult, but he writes it so well, even I could get it. And, I knew nothing of the subject before hand.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinarily simple yet profound book!
Tim Browne
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly thought provoking.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simply written book about one man's journey through physics and the principles of light to the inner journey of finding God.
Eric Blackstone
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deceptively simple and clear presentation of paradigm-shattering concepts and current understanding surrounding the intersection between science and spirituality.
Deborah Veres
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a really good study on consciousness and where it exists. Very interesting!
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most thought provoking books I've read. I read it periodically and enjoy it every time, learning something new.
Sukhdeep Singh
A book with perfect intersection between science and spirituality.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
Great help to awaken.
Maryam Kh
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first chapters of the book and I was hoping that the writer would go deeper into those topics. The chapters talked about subjectivity of our senses against what’s going on actually in the physical world. Peter explains that we can only see the world the way it is because of how our senses allow us to (the way our mind sees colors, reads sounds, experience space and time, sensations, (he gave tons of examples) etc. He then concludes that the world we know and see is not made ...more
Sreedevi Viswambaran
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a path-breaking book for me. The initial chapters are a pure gem and it gave me a completely new perspective towards everything. When we say 'life as we see it', you never know how limited that 'seeing' is. Linking science to God is not easy, especially when those are considered as opposite poles by current world view. Peter Russell's transition is almost seamless. I would stress on the word 'almost' because the chapters on consciousness to God were mainly based on Author's own experiences ...more
Chula Watugala
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The first few chapters where he argues for the primacy of consciousness is quite well done in simple convincing language. His argument for panpsychism in terms of consciousness being in everything hints at an unexamined residual materialism.

The rest of the book is filled with assertions based on the assumption that consciousness is the self as well as "God", and that every single historical figure who hinted at the "light of consciousness" is enlightened. To assume all spiritual traditions are
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended

Peter has a way of expressing his erudition and wisdom while keeping it within easy reach of the layman.
There is enough to sink your teeth into here to keep you interested, yet it is easy enough to leave with the core takeaway of what ails us and where we should look to ease the ache.
Yasmin Esack
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter Russel talks about complicated concepts like duality in a whole new way. His work is an eye opener for those who wonder about life and a perception of it. He presents an incredible argument that says scientists can only observe what humans are allowed to observe. One cannot see universal consciousness.
Ralph Cortes
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book deserves more than a second read!
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ganesh Ramakrishnan
Slim book that touches upon a few themes that make a scientific-rational person explore spiritual ideas and practices coming from ancient sources. The quotes at the beginning of each section are excellent.

This book does not try to prescribe anything or convince the reader of any viewpoint. That is the strength as well as a limitation of the book. A quick refresher of a book that could be an initiator for novices in spirituality.
More like a longish article than a book, but I value Peter Russell's general views and was looking for some support and validation as I try to find my way back out of the bleak morass of scientific materialism, so I bought it. In this case, Russell wasn't able to add much to my thinking, but provides an enjoyable read.
Lynn Wilson
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
This is an excellent explanation of the basic concepts of physics as well as the development of religions and spiritual thinking. There is nothing new here for those who have done extensive readings along these lines but the author does a great job of simplifying things. A physicist who has studied eastern philosophies and practices, the author is a very clear and concise writer.
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Peter Russell M.A., D.C.S., is a British author of ten books and producer of three films on consciousness, spiritual awakening and their role in the future development of humanity. He has designed and taught personal development programs for businesses, and has remained a popular public speaker.

In 1965 he was awarded an Open Exhibition to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, to study