Science and SupernaturalwithJorge Ferrer

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Jorge Ferrer, PhD, is former chair of the department of east-west psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is currently a core faculty member there. He is author of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality, and Participation and the Mystery: Transpersonal Essays in Psychology, Education, and Religion. He is the coeditor of an anthology titled, The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, and Religious Studies. He is known as a leading proponent of the “second wave” of transpersonal theorists.

Here he explains that “scientism” (the religion of science) is very different from actual scientific practice. Scientific methodology, he claims, does not require that one hold to a particular world view. He suggests that phenomena that are labelled “supernatural” are actually part of the natural world that science can and does study. He believes that science will progress in this study through collaboration with individuals of diverse cultures with diverse world views.

(Recorded on September 20, 2018)

Published on September 30, 2018


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