I highly recommend the site of Tom Clark naturalism that gives a lot of information about the non existence of contra causal will. I also recommend the facebook group in which I often write and which is an excellent forum for discussion about the viewpoints which are expressed in my book Naturalism facebook group
As a service to the reader of the book The Science of Oneness you will find the links that are mentioned in the book here in a clickable form.
Links to books are in bold and italic print. If you click on a booklink you will be transported to Amazon.com where you can order the book.
1. DISCOVERING REALITY
According to the New Scientist nothing what we think is true.
“Everything you think is wrong”
Here is an overview of all the illusions we have (among them the
illusion of free will). Unfortunately in this case you will see only previews of the entire articles:
5. THE ILLUSION OF SPACE AND TIME
you will see how information can be applied to an electromagnetic wave.
Digital signals are simpler than analogue signals, which means
that there will be less noise. In essence, they consist of long
sequences of waveform that switch between two forms (0 and 1). All
information can be digitized.
An interesting article about immersed reality can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immersion_%28virtual_reality%29
Information about the idea of the universe as a hologram can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_principle
6. THE ILLUSION OF FREE WILL
A wonderful book about the workings of the brain is The Human Brain Book by Rita Carter
'The Smart Unconsciousness', Ap Dijksterhuis, publisher Promotheus, 2007.
The Illusion of Conscious Will (Bradford Books) Wegner Daniel M,
Some definitions of free will can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_will
7. THE ILLUSION OF THE DECISION MAKER
The article of Bargh and Baumeister: www.yale.edu/acmelab/articles/bargh_chartrand_1999.pdf
Here is a description of what happens in the brain before a conscious thought appears: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroscience_of_free_will
An article about the influence of genes on behaviour: www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/behavior.shtml#influence
The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness Antonio Damasio, Heinemann, London, 1999.
The concept of man as a biological machine is mentioned in the book by UG Krishnamurti 'Mind is a Myth' which can be downloaded for free at: www.ugkrishnamurti.net/ugkrishnamurti-net/chapter1.html
The experiment of Nisbett and Wilson is described at: http://thesituationist.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/
Information about ancient Egyptian ideas about the soul: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_concept_of_the_soul
Information about artificial neuron networks: http://leenissen.dk/fann/html/files2/theory-txt.html
Information about artificial memory: www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/37873/?p1=A1
Information about the artificial hippocampus: www.techpsych.net/archives/000134.html
8. THE ILLUSION OF A SEPERATE SELF
The source of information about when a baby experiences a separate identity: www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/development/socialandemotional/independence/#2
9. THE ILLUSION OF THE SEPERATE ORGANISM: THE EARTH GROWTH PEOPLE
Article about the similarities in DNA between humans and between
humans and other life forms:
Article about the possible bottleneck in human evolution because
of the catastrophe with the Toba
Information about the extinction taken place because of
Childhood's End (Del Rey Impact) by Arthur C. Clarke, Del Rey Impact, originally from 1953, reprint 2001.
10. THE ILLUSION OF A SEPERATE ME
Information about free will in the Viva football game out of 1998 can be found at :
The description of the free will mode in the Sims game can be found at http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Free_will
A paper about the digital universe: www.qubit.it/research/publications/DAriano_FQXi.pdf
The website of Nick Bostrom about the simulation argument: www.simulation-argument.com
Information about the game 'Evolution'. This is an older game (1997). Future games that are based upon this concept will become more sophisticated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution:_The_Game_of_Intelligent_Life
Information about how DNA can be regarded as a computer program
can be found here:
11. THE ILLUSIONARY STRUGGLE OF THE EGO
Electricity and the brain: www.morphonix.com/software/education/science/brain/game/specimens/electric_brain.html
Information about the movies Bruce Almighty can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Almighty
12. THE ILLUSION OF THE SOUL
Here is an article in English with the interesting viewpoints of the Dutch professor Dick Swaab: www.speakersacademy.eu/data/pdf/ENG/DickSwaab.pdf
Different opinions about the soul and when it enters the body are described at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-existence
A site that includes information about the history of the concept of personal reincarnation: www.comparativereligion.com/reincarnation.html
Information about the background of Advaita Vedanta and the development of the idea of personal reincarnation: www.thecircleoffire.com
At http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reincarnation you find the following interesting statements:
“Discussion of the subject (reincarnation) is conspicuously absent from the earlier Vedic texts of India.”
“The origin of the Indian tradition is usually assumed to lie in the non-Vedic sramana traditions, which would explain why it only enters the historical record with the adoption of sramana elements into mainstream Brahmin orthodoxy at the end of the Vedic period. along with the associated concepts of karma, samsara and moksha.”
Indian Thoughts And Its Development by Albert Schweitzer. (Die Weltanschanung der indischen Denker: Mystik und Ethik. Munich, C.H. Beck, 1935.) Translated by Mrs. C.E.B. Russell. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. This book has been reprinted by Duff Press, March 15, 2007.
An interesting overview of the visions of life after death can be found at http://jayarava.blogspot.com/2011/06/taxonomy-of-afterlife-beliefs.html
The author is a Buddhist, although of the no nonsense type.
interesting article about how infrasound causes people to experience
Here is a description about the research of Sperry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Wolcott_Sperry
Additional information about the split brain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split-brain
A quote of Stephen Hawking about the brain as a computer found in an interview with the Guardian published at 15 May 2011:
"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
Information about the nature of consciousness can be found at the site of Susan Blackmore http://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/index.htm
Susan regards the feeling of being a separate me an illusion. There is no ghost in the machine. There is only brain activity which includes a brainstream that generates an unstable me. A me that dies and is reborn many times each day.
13. THE ILLUSION OF ENLIGHTENMENT
The website of Todd Murphy http://www.shaktitechnology.com/enlightenment.htm
Information about Nisargadatta Maharaj and his students can be found at: www.maharajnisargadatta.com/david_goodman_interview_about_nisargadatta.php
You are advised to scroll to the following question which is at the bottom of that page.
Harriet: So far as you are aware Maharaj never publicly acknowledged anyone else's enlightenment?
Here is a nice quote of what Nisargadatta said about the Dutch satsang teacher Wolter Keers:
“You are not enlightened! How dare you teach in the West, claiming that you are enlightened!”
Information about temporal lobe epilepsy and religious experiences can be found at: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104291534
A great book with a detailed explanation of the Out of Body Experience is the following book The God Impulse: A Neurologist Searches for the Spiritual Doorway in the Brain. by Kevin Nelson
Statistics about strokes:http://stroke.about.com/od/strokestatistics/a/StrokeStats.htm
Information about silent strokes: http://stroke.about.com/b/2008/06/27/what-is-a-silent-stroke.htm
Wikipedia about silent strokes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_stroke
Here is an article that says that there are 20 times more silent strokes than symptomatic strokes: http://articles.cnn.com/2001-02-16/health/silent.stroke_1_silent-strokes-brain-damage-brain-scan?_s=PM:HEALTH
Information about UG Krishnamurti can be found at: www.ugkrishnamurti.net
In the column links you will find links to different books that you can download for free like 'The Mystique of Enlightenment' which includes detailed descriptions of his enlightenment experience (which he calls 'calamity').
www.kumare.org As an experiment a moviemaker presented himself as an enlightened teacher. Soon he got many followers.
The quote of Bandler and Grinder can be found at:www.infed.org/biblio/nlp_and_education.htm
14. THE ILLUSION OF PROGRESS: HOW EVOLUTION WORKS
Here is information about traditional advaita versus neo-advaita www.advaita.org.uk/discourses/trad_neo/trad_neo.htm
16. TO A DIFFERENT SPIRITUALITY: YOU ARE ONENESS
Many people believe that religion leads to a society that is more ethical. However, at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism a study about
the situation in the USA is mentioned that does not confirm this.
Information about the scientific method can be found at:www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_scientific_method.shtml
I have made a website that spreads the idea that whatever the question love is always the answer http://www.thesilentmovement.com
Mattia Luigi Nappi This is the page of the Italian photographer whose photo has been used for the cover of the book. The photo has been used under a CC-BY-SA license. Here is the original. The photographer has approved of using his image for the cover of the book.
There are many websites which are inspiring. Some of them are mentioned above. Below you find a few additional websites.
The site of Randall Friend is one of the most complete duality sites. This site includes podcasts and video blogs: http://avastu0.blogspot.com/
The site of Ray Kurzweil is a source of inspiration for those that are interested in artificial intelligence and recent developments in science. I highly recommend his newsletter: www.kurzweilai.net/