SMN Projects

Network Book Online Database Project

As readers of Paradigm Explorer will know, we carry reviews of over 200 books a year, mostly by David Lorimer as editor. A database kept in Scotland between 1996 and 2014 contained over 5,000 entries. At present, there is no way of searching for past book reviews, so we are planning to create a searchable database of historic reviews as a new form of outreach that will be available as a member benefit.

Our Webmaster Richard Irwin has identified a suitable WordPress Plug-in, and we would like to start populating this over the next few months, working backwards and uploading reviews more than six months old so as not to prejudice Paradigm Explorer subscribers. We would greatly appreciate your support for this.

A related new initiative is the podcast of book reviews, Towards a New Renaissance Bookcast.


In February, we applied for a SmartLeap Innovate grant from the UK government. We were not successful but we will reapply. If this is funded, it would help make available a range of the above material but with the benefit of intelligent software, to help search and identify what you are looking for.


The Galileo Commission is a wholly administered project of the Scientific & Medical Network, funded by a private foundation.

The Galileo Commission’s remit is to open public discourse and to find ways to expand science so that it can accommodate and explore important human experiences and questions that science, in its present form, is unable to integrate.