Glossary of Terms

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  • Adi Shankara
    Adi Shankara (born 788 BCE, died 820 BCE) was an Indian philosopher and theologian who is credited with refining the Hindu doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He also helped differentiate the philosophies of Buddhism from Hinduism, chiefly through his affirmation that in Hinduism, "Atman" (the soul(...) - Read More
  • Advaita Vedanta
    Advaita Vedanta is a Hindu orthodox philosophical school of Sanatana Dharma which literally translates as "non-dual." - Read More
  • Alan Watts
    Alan watts (born January 6th, 1915, died November 16th, 1973) was one the greatest 20th century exponents of Eastern Philosophy in the Western World. Watts had a remarkably Panendeistic conception of G-d, often comparing G-d and creation to a dreaming mind. - Read More
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert Einstein (born, March 14th, 1879, died April 18th, 1955) was a German born theoretical physicist who's often regarded as one of the most significant scientists of all time. Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 in recognition of his earlier theory of relativity and(...) - Read More
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  • Baruch Spinoza
    Baruch Spinoza (born November 24th 1632, died February 21st, 1677) was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese birth. Spinoza is credited with laying the foundation for the Age of Enlightenment, which took place during the 18th century. Spinoza presented a God philosophy that was nondual in nature(...) - Read More
  • Bose-Einstein Condensate
    Bose-Einstein Condensate is an unusual state of matter that wasn't replicated in the lab until the 1990s. When a group of atoms is cooled to near-absolute-zero, the entire group of atoms assumes an identical energy state, clumps together, and physically behaves as a single atom. - Read More
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  • Center-Agnostic
    Center-agnostic (or agnostic) is a term that refers to a completely neutral position an individual holds regarding the existence of G-d. While remaining open to entertain any and all reasonable speculation, a center-agnostic considers the existence of God to be as likely as any other(...) - Read More
  • Cosmic Mind
    Cosmic Mind (from Einstein's philosophy on "cosmic religion") refers to the ubiquitous underlying order that many physicists have proposed is behind the dynamic organization of all energy-matter into coherent, constituent elements. The concept has was proposed and supported by many of the(...) - Read More
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  • David Bohm
    David Bohm  (born December 20th, 1917, died October 27th, 1992), a protege of Albert Einstein and Julius Oppenheimer, is widely considered one of the fathers of modern physics and is often called one of the most significant physicists of the 20th century. He was deeply interested in the nature(...) - Read More
  • Deism
    Deism is a philosophical position that the existence of God can be ascertained through human reasoning and observation of the natural world. Deism typically rejects supernatural phenomenon and often does not subscribe to the belief that God intervenes. - Read More
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  • Explicate Order
    Explicate order is a term used by David Bohm to describe reality as we perceive it. This is in contrast to implicate order which describes a theoretical, sub-quantum reality that intangibly gives form to everything that exists. - Read More
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  • Gregory Bateson
    Gregory Bateson, with roots in anthropology and biology, was concerned with the concept of information flow in nature and how consciousness interacted with the physical world. He originated the “double bind” theory in modern psychology. - Read More
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  • Implicate Order
    Implicate order (or quantum potential) is a term used by David Bohm to describe a theoretical underlying reality that subtly and intangibly gives form to everything that exists. Bohm considered it possible that implicate order might be organized and guided by a secondary implicate (or(...) - Read More
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  • Max Planck
    Max Planck (born April 23rd, 1858, died October 4th 1947) was a German born theoretical physicist who’s regarded as the father of quantum physics. Planck received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918 in recognition of his discovery of energy quanta. Planck also received the Lorentz Medal in(...) - Read More
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  • Naturalism
    Naturalism is philosophical stance that rejects claims of events in which the natural order and laws of the universe are suspended. Naturalism maintains that everything can be explained through logic, reason, and observation of the natural world within the context of its known laws and constants. - Read More
  • Negative-Agnostic
    Negative-agnostic is a term that refers to a negative position an individual holds regarding the existence of G-d. While remaining open to entertain any and all reasonable speculation, a negative-agnostic considers the existence of God within the range of unlikely to incredibly unlikely, but(...) - Read More
  • Neutrino
    Neutrino: a near-mass-less, fundamental particle with no electrical charge that travels at or close to the speed of light, sometimes referred to as the 'ghost particle.'  To date, three types of neutrino have been discovered: electron-neutrinos,  muon-neutrinos, and tau-neutrinos. Each(...) - Read More
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  • Pandeism
    Pandeism is the worship of a physical universe and mindless energy force as a deceased or destroyed God that either became or was absorbed into it. Pandeism additionally features a a resurrection doctrine which claims God will someday evolve back into some sort of embodied being, bringing(...) - Read More
  • Panendeism
    Panendeism (or pan-en-deism), pronounced pænˈenˈdeɪˈĭzˈəm, is derived from the Greek pan (πᾶν), meaning all, en (ἐν) meaning in, and deus (Δεύς), meaning god. Panendeism is an ontological position that explores the interrelationship between God (The Cosmic Mind) and the known attributes of the(...) - Read More
  • Panentheism
    Panentheism is a theological view that the universe subsists within God, but that God also transcends or has some separate form of being that is apart from the universe. - Read More
  • Positive-Agnostic
    Positive-agnostic is a term that refers to a positive position an individual holds regarding the existence of G-d. While remaining open to entertain any and all reasonable speculation, a positive-agnostic considers the existence of God within the range of likely to overwhelmingly likely, but(...) - Read More
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  • Superimplicate Order
    Superimplicate order or superquantum potential is a secondary layer of Implicate order hypothesized as possible by David Bohm. Bohm said there could be any number of such orders, up to an infinite series containing infinite hierarchies. Bohm suggested that, if present, some would exhibit(...) - Read More
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  • The All
    The All is a term first used by Plato and Plotinus to describe their philosophical concepts of a nondual, all-pervading God construct. - Read More
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  • Word-Soul
    Word Soul (Greek: ψυχή κόσμου, Latin: Anima mundi) is an ontological position that suggests a spiritual or animating force that is present in all things and the source of causation, order, and life in the universe. The idea is first found in Hinduism's Brahman-Atman concept. In the west, the(...) - Read More