As the case against materialism builds, the credentials of the opponents to this pessimistic view of the world continue to increase. This show’s guest, Dr. Harald Walach, holds a double Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, and History and Theory of Science. He is currently a professor with Poznan Medical University in Poznan, Poland, and author of more than 170 peer reviewed papers, 14 books, and 100 book chapters. He is also the main author of a special report issued by the Galileo Commission, entitled, Beyond a Materialistic Worldview: Towards an Expanded Science. As Dr. Walach writes, the purpose of this enterprise is to “find ways to expand the scope of science so that it is no longer constrained by an outmoded view of matter and physical reality, and can explore and accommodate significant human experiences, especially evidence indicating that consciousness may go beyond the brain.” Indeed. As Philip and Dr. Walach discuss on this show, eventually the tipping point will be reached and materialism, the doctrine that the world consists only of impersonal particles and forces, with no purpose, meaning, or goal, will pass away into history.
The Quaker George Cadbury was considered by his biographer to be both a businessman and a mystic. In this talk Mike King explores the role of religion and spirituality in the origins and legacy of the Industrial Revolution, and the implications of the Quaker ethos for an ethical capitalism. This is the subject of his new book, ‘Quakernomics: An Ethical Capitalism’, one which spans the disciplines of religion, science and economics. The Cadburys were only one of many Quaker families whose enterprises shaped the British economy. Does their example give us a way forward for re-shaping contemporary capitalism on ethical lines?