We live in a time of unprecedented access to knowledge. But with so much material to choose from, and so little time to sift through and contemplate the trends and relations within and between fields, most people never make it to the best ideas that make everything else make sense in a higher context. I have listed here some of the best books that anticipate the future of science and society. Some of these are key cultural and philosophical authors that give the new science(s) a meaningful context. All the texts listed, whether they are science, metaphysics or cultural context, (most of them are some interpenetration of the above), they are all, of course, philosophical. I obviously have not read every book out there, but the more one reads, especially the more philosophically one reads, the easier it is to spot trends and cliches with an ear out for what is novel and brimming with potential, and an eye for the dead ends and regressions.
I have been helped immensely by the people listed here, and I hope I or they can help you. There are obviously many other good books out there. But if one can get a good broad, critical and metaphysical view of what is happening on this planet and the evolution of its culture and knowledge, one can make much more sense out of the conflicting array of more niche-orientated, field specific and practical knowledge trends. I have listed some specific health links in my therapy and practice section, which tends to be one of the most difficult fields for people to navigate without a better view of the metaphysics and philosophy of science that is crucial to navigating our technologically “enframed” society.
Key texts for the new interdisciplinary/post-disciplinary science:
“Grammatical Man:Information, Entropy, Language and Life”,
“Winston Churchill’s Afternoon Nap: A Wide Awake Inquiry into the Human Nature of Time”,
“The Improbable Machine:What The Upheavals In Artificial Intelligence Research Reveal About How The Mind Really Works”
-three books that expertly lay out the problems with the old paradigm of linear science and open up the way forward in simple elegant prose. beginner level reading but full of deep insight. Also check out James Gleick’s books on chaos and information theory for a broader introduction, and Ian Stewart’s books for more accessible technical overviews to nonlinear science.
Suzie Vrobel’s “Fractal Time: Why A Watched Pot Never Boils”
– an important work, the best out of the European fractal science community. some advanced material, but still readable without any previous knowledge.
Mae Wan Ho’s “The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms”
– one of the most important books of our time. It gives an overview of the emerging new science of organisms that is destined to seed a new culture. some equations that can be skipped, but still advanced reading for anyone not used to high level science. Even beginners though will get much value from what they do understand. The Third edition is even more packed with the best science in all the crucial fields.
David Byrne and Gil Callaghan’s Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences
-A survey of one of the most important transitions in Western thought- the “Complexity turn”. This book elucidates in clear prose the ‘post-disciplinary” science that is the fruit beginning to bear from the myriad developments of philosophy and science that are merging in our age.
***One of the main authors explored in this work is also crucial reading–Manuel DeLanda, who has written several important and helpful books. They are more advanced and in depth but are clearly written explanations of and extrapolations from the rather abstruse and misleading work of Gilles Deleuze.
Paul Cilliers’ Complexity and Post-Modernism
-The key text by one the most influential thinkers in the Complexity paradigm.
Carlos Castaneda’s books
– they are really one big story. I recommend reading them in order. Castaneda was a controversial character and there are misleading ideas in these books, but Castaneda was up to something more mysterious and powerful than easy literal truths. These books are beautiful and important explorations of what it takes to live a mystical life in the modern world. Great introduction for beginners. Though one should be aware: there is much flirtation in his books with the darker path of self-service.
Sri Aurobindo’ books
-Aurobindo was an avatar for our age. He traversed the path further than anyone in our times and left detailed signs to guide the rest of us. Start with Satprem’s “Sri Aurobindo or The Adventure of Consciousness”. Satprem has an adulatory tone that may bother some, but he has summarized and collected the best passages from what can be a foreboding and verbose body of work.
Rudolf Steiner’s Knowledge of Higher Worlds and Its Attainment
While some of Steiner’s work takes it symbolism too literally, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest minds in recorded history. This book is an especially great introduction to the spiritual path.
Peter Wilberg’s books
– one of the few contemporary mystics using the critical tools of western philosophy to cut through the New Age fashions and form a coherent spiritual vision for our time. He is particularly useful for his psychoanalytic theory and its philosophical frame for understanding health issues. He combines the best of post-Freudian academic psychology with the mystical wisdom of Gnosticism and Tantra. For a more entertaining book on Tantra, please see David Deida’s Wild Nights if you don’t mind a little crass humor.
Carol K. Anthony’s “Guide to the I Ching”
– the best version around. you don’t even need Wilhelm’s version if you have her guide to it, but the Wilhelm edition is the core text for the world’s most sophisticated tool for divination. The I Ching is so helpful as a guide in our age of dubious teachers and frequent self-delusion.
Jane Roberts’s Seth Books
-“Seth Speaks” gives the clearest broadest picture of the universe of any book in our culture. Some of the other Seth books are somewhat affected by the frequent notes and commentary but they are all full of unique gems found nowhere else yet frequently imitated since. Yes, it is channeling, but Jane was an incredible powerhouse of creative psychic energy that needed to dissociate to bring it all through for us. She does not compare to the muddled occultists that came before her or the shallow New Age channels that have tried to imitate her.
The Law of One Books(The RA material):
The RA Material is the other major high point of modern channeling. The Seth books are in a poetic, accessible language that illuminates the most difficult concepts with clear natural metaphors that give the impression of a condensed common sense, whereas RA speaks from an alien, abstract, and sometimes difficult to swallow level of science- like detail that nonetheless makes for some of the most interesting connections between many other narratives. The connections with Corey Goode’s testimony and the Reciprocal Systems theory of Dewey Larson make the Law of One crucial reading for understanding contemporary spiritual cosmology and its convergence with cutting edge science.
Lynne McTaggert’s The Field is probably the best Introduction for beginners.
David Wilcock’s Source Field Investigations is a much deeper introduction but David tends to put a less rigorous spin on things, especially at the end he unfortunately goes into the whole “2012” thing. This book was fortunately well edited by Graham Hancock who seems to have made sure it stays close to all the great science David Wilcock has put together and a minimum of David’s ramblings
Dewey Larson’s books on Reciprocal Systems Theory and the theory’s further development called “RS2“. Advanced reading but accessible for thoughtful people. These guys are the cream of the crop in the scientific underground. Fascinating stuff. They have figured out the crucial concepts that illuminate fundamental physical science with the light of relational, reciprocal transformations that are being grasped at in all attempts at a unified scientific understanding. This evolving system of theory reflects and supports the systems/complexity paradigm that has emerged across many of the sciences, but which has not yet reached down to the fundamental physics. ….All material is available for free on the website:
here are some videos–introductory and advanced:http://reciprocalsystem.org/presentation-list
Before diving too deep into the latest in the theory, I suggest starting with Larson’s Neglected Facts of Science, which is a nice intro book to the most important concept it is crucial to understand: “scalar motion”. This book attempts to just cover the inductive basis of the theory–its grounding in neglected facts:
or New Light on Space and Time for a good book-long overview of the whole original theory:
I also suggest Bruce Peret(the top scholar in the scientific underground)’s short series on rs2 in the pdf section, which is here, along with most of Larson’s books in pdf format::http://reciprocalsystem.org/papers
For a short essay by another RS2 researcher on the conceptual difficulties of the RS and an insightful argument for it being an example of Goethe’s archetypal approach to science, see: RStheoryGoethe
Michael Salla’s Insiders Reveal Secret Space Program– Dr. Salla puts Corey Goode and other whistle blowers of the breakaway civilization in context. The result is the first truly coherent picture of what has been going on since humanity’s breakthrough into the larger cosmic situation. The whistleblowers featured here confirms and extends 100’s of years of esoteric literature and conspiracy speculation. Whether it is all “true” or not, I added it to this list because I think it crystallizes our culture’s most meaningful attempt at making sense of a Reality we may not be able to grasp in any “True” sense until we figure a few things out.
Paul Laviolette, Joseph P. Farrell, Claude Swanson – three of the best writers attempting to understand the underlying physics of the field. LaViolette’s Genesis of the Cosmos is his most accessible, though his theory is a bit idiosyncratic, however interesting. Swanson has his own theory where he attempts to integrate much of the alternative science research(with not much success imo), but his massive two-volume book is a helpful and exhaustive presentation of the evidence of so many researchers in the field. Farrell is a machine of speculation, but he knows how to spin a good tale while summarizing so much of the alternative research into plausible generalizations.
Cultural History and Theory:
John David Ebert
– the Marshall MaCluhan of our time. Read his books. Listen to his lectures. He may be the most cultured man alive. He deserves to be known and appreciated. Though I disagree with his pessimism. Like Oswald Spengler (whom I also recommend reading along with Ebert’s lecture on him), Ebert stops short of what Rudhyar and Aurobindo see as the potential power of civilization. As a cultured man, he mourns its passing into the sketchy techno-landscapes of civilization.
All his youtube videos are good and so are his more extensive lectures on google play:
He makes rather difficult material accessible to anyone. He sees the important ideas like no one in the academy can. His videos and lectures on Rudolf Steiner, Oswald Spengler, Arnold Toynbee and Jean Gebser are particularly useful guides into their books which are also important further reading in this genre. Another good resource for Steiner is here:http://www.rudolfsteineraudio.com/ which is a site where you can listen to all of Steiner’s lectures, which is where his best material was produced.
Joscelyn Godwin’s books
– the best guide to esoteric music. Godwin’s “The Golden Thread” is the best simple introduction to the Western esoteric tradition
Dane Rudyhar’s “The Magic of Tone and the Art of Music”, and “Culture , Crisis and Creativity”
-a genius polymath of the Spirit, he wrote many books, but in these two his gifts as an astrologer and composer come together beautifully to trace the contours of cultural evolution and the development of music
-in my opinion, the best of the alternative history researchers. though be warned his narrative is biased towards the point of view of the elite’s. Its a refreshing break from the elite-hating paranoia of so much of the conspiracy literature. But it also might be a clever propaganda for the religion of the occult elite societies. Corey Goode claims he got intel that confirms this about Sitchin’s narrative, which would be all the more true about Gardner.
Richard Tarnas’ The Passion of the Western Mind
-a very good history of Western Philosophy for beginners
Peter Sedgwick’s Descartes to Derrida: An Introduction to European Philosophy
-a more in depth introduction to Modern philosophy that really renders some rather difficult material into a delightful and accessible book
Steven Best and Douglass Kellner’s Postmodern Theory, The Postmodern Turn, and The Postmodern Adventure
-an excellent trilogy of books on the landscape of postmodern culture for beginners
Paul Feyerabend’s Against Method
-still the best argument for epistemological anarchy. for a good intro to Feyerabend, these letters are excellent:
Gregory Desilet’s “Cult of the Kill”
– an independent scholar who writes better about academic theory than any academic (surprise, surprise). I say that not just because he is a master thinker and communicator, but because he gets to the heart of what post-modern thinking has to offer. Though I don’t share his enthusiasm for a post-modern metaphysics or a deconstructive cosmology, the attention he gives to the ethical substance of narrative structure is the crucial insight post-modern thinking should lend to any attempt at metaphysics in our age.
Finance, Political Economy, Radical Theory:
Ellen Brown’s Web of Debt: an accessible and entertaining breakdown of our financial system with the crucial focus on the history and possibilities of money creation.
Naomi Kline’s The Shock Doctrine:The Rise of Disaster Capitalism is a detailed journalistic look at the history of Neoliberalism. Shocking and moving in its attention to the human cost of this global transformation. See Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the U.S. for a further history of class struggle in this country.
Capital and its Discontents: a great collection of leading progressive thinkers interviewed by Sasha Lilley.
David Harvey’s many good books
– Marx for our complicated times. his books are academic but very accessible. “A Brief History of Neoliberalism” is especially pithy.
Peter Dale Scott’s books
-crucial history of the West’s “Deep State”
Philosophy of Science
Homage to Pythagoras by various authors,
Newton, Maxwell, Marx from Thomas K. Simpson, and
Wave Forms by James Bunn, all beautifully look into the poetry and spirit of science at a high level.
Check out Charles Muses’ book Destiny and Control in Human Systems: Chronotopology, and Arthur M. Young’s The Reflexive Universe and Mathematics, Physics and Reality for some esoteric math and physics.
For a unique old esoteric text that anticipates much of what is being figured out in the underground:etidorhpa
More from the scientific underground (more advanced or mathematical):
I suggest checking out the following contemporary underground science theorists:
Ernest McClain’s books explore music theory at the heart of ancient philosophy. Both of his great works here in pdf: http://www.ernestmcclain.net/
Miles Mathis: One of the best critics of modern physics and mathematics; an interesting and troubled genius…http://mileswmathis.com/
Douglass A White: A deep thinker and theorist with a flare for mathematical ingenuity:http://www.dpedtech.com/pageDAW.html
F.E.D. : Symbolic logic theory of everything, an extension of Muses’ work into dialectics. Not for the faint of heart or impatient:http://www.dialectics.org/dialectics/Welcome.html
Ken Wheeler: The “angry photographer” and his rants against Einstein frame some of the best ether physics around