Books by
Robert De Filippis

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When you die, science says it’s all over. There’s nothing after this. Religions variously claim when you die, you go to heaven, hell or vanish completely.
So what is it?

As fervently as we may believe any of these claims, no one knows for sure. My new book won’t answer the question with certainty but it will give you some interesting new discoveries from the research on Near Death Experiences to consider.

My claim is simple

We’ll learn more by combining both lenses on reality: Science and religion together will reveal more.
 
 

      Reader review: 
"This book is a breath of fresh air for me.  It guides me through exploring and learning how theories of science and religion meet and dance around our ideas and beliefs and misconceptions about consciousness and death.  As the information from various views are explored, there is ample room for me to examine ideas that are mysterious or foreign to me and also to see how the wisdom of ancient traditions remain open for further exploration.  If you are looking for definitive answers to your questions or beliefs, this is probably not a book you will enjoy and profit from reading and studying.  If you want to explore and seek information about how science and religion have the possibility of exploring together questions about bodily death and consciousness, you might find it difficult to set the book aside. Or to read it more than once. "
J.C. (reviewer) 

  

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Why read this book?


The foundational premise of this book is, at the deepest level of the universe lies truth that is only revealed in mythos. Like a Zen koan, it blows the rational mind and provokes the great doubt that can only be comforted with faith in the unknowable.
 
Science tells us one story and religion another. Neither is complete. Neither offers absolutes. Together they offer profound new questions. In union, they can give us a depth of understanding that leads to a new level of comfort and assurance.
 
We live in a universe that will never reveal all of its secrets. We do not have the capacity to understand them, let alone even identify all the variables. We have suspected this since we became conscious and created great religious allegories to point to what we know is true and beyond our rational minds to comprehend.
 
Now science is beginning to explain some of those mysteries and expose us to levels of reality we couldn’t have dreamed of a mere century ago. Some of those mysteries are revealed now and we stand in awe at what we find. Our scientific models cannot be reconciled. Our religious metaphors fade by comparison to what we are beginning to see.
 
It is beyond me or the scope of this book to make assertions about this enigmatic universe. But the scientists I quote throughout agree on one basic principle; this is a mysterious place that defies our ability to provide a comprehensively coherent explanation of its existence.
 
But there is good news here and it comes from reconnecting to our ancient wisdoms. In her book, The Battle for God, former nun Karen Armstrong draws an important distinction between mythos and logos. In times past, people evolved two ways of thinking, speaking, and acquiring knowledge, which she referred to as mythos and logos. They were complementary ways of finding the truth so both were needed.
 
Mythos looked to allegories that revealed truths only appreciated at the deepest levels of the human mind. Today, we call this subjective experience. Logos was the rational, the pragmatic, the factual, the so-called objective. Today we call this the scientific method. Mythos can’t be validated with the rational mind. Nor can the rational mind know the mythos.
 
Now, we’ve arrived at a time when the mythos, the subjective, has been devalued in favor of the logos; the objective, scientific explanation of reality.
 
There’s a clue to our dilemma in Armstrong’s words, “In the premodern world, both mythos and logos were regarded as indispensable. Each would be impoverished without the other. Yet the two were essentially distinct, and it was held to be dangerous to confuse mythical and rational discourse.”
 
If we’re going to understand our scientific discoveries at the most fundamental level of reality, we need both methods for finding the truth of our inquiry. Mythos provides the context for the rational explanations of science. Without mythological context, our scientific explanations are empty. Without scientific explanations, our mythologies drift into the idolatry of ideologies. When we ignore one or the other, science and religion remain incomplete as does our understanding.
 
Join me on this journey of discovery and help to begin a different conversation with more possibilities for everyone.
 
Robert De Filippis
 
  












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My Topics of Interest

Eclectic deriving ideas from a broad and diverse range of sources 

My writing like my interests seem eclectic but the common theme throughout is human beings. And human beings are eclectic. Not only are we eclectic but we're also infinitely interesting. So as an author how could I not be interested in what people do? 

It's only fair to say that having an interest in human beings has moved me far over to the left of the political spectrum for one simple reason: I think the main difference between the left and the right is the emphasis on the basic nature of people: Are we born good or bad?  I vote for good and I strive to value the inherent worth of every person.

Yes, I know, this is a broad generalization, but I'd rather expect the best from people and be occasionally disappointed when someone does something bad, than expect the bad and be surprised when someone does something good.