Demolishing and Rebuilding Spirituality for a Scientific Age
What is the true underlying nature of reality? What is my place in it? Does my life have meaning, or am I a cosmic accident? Are the answers to these questions found in religion, or is science where the real enlightenment lies? Is it even possible to know? In this bewildering world of differing beliefs, what chance do I have of finding any genuine truth? And where do I even begin? With two words: Question everything.
The author steps outside of conventional wisdom and brings together a wealth of insight from the spheres of religion, philosophy, science, psychology, parapsychology, and occultism. A highly unusual, but deeply rational, and life-changing truth emerges from this esoteric study: the universe is One, and you are It.
I, Universe will be published in 2015 by Skylight Press. (The cover art above is provisional only.)
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I, Universe began as book called Reality Check, published in 2009. The new book is not quite what you would call a sequel; rather a new and more complex beast built around the basic form of its ancestor. I gave Reality Check a complete overhaul, removing sections that I now consider obsolete and refining every chapter with better argumentation. There are many brand new chapters, on epistemology, cosmology, anthropology, ethics, and occultism, comprising at least fifty percent of the volume.
Here are some readers’ comments about Reality Check:
“If you find yourself recoiling at mention of any of these issues – telekinesis, unified consciousness, ‘disproving’ Christianity – then you are the perfect candidate to read this book. You may be equally convinced of your worldview after reading, but extraordinary beliefs require an extraordinary investigation, and that concept permeates this book. Sloan does not enter into these ideas lightly. What is so effective is that he’s never overly credulous about far-out claims, nor overly dismissive of mainstream dogma, which is why the book is so useful as a primer on esoteric spirituality.”
– Self-Publishing Review
“It is a thought-provoking masterpiece of balanced critical thinking and introspection on religion, secularism, spirituality, and the search for meaning, without any assumptions or preaching. In it, he describes the painstaking struggle he endured as he swung back and forth on a pendulum between Christian faith and disbelief, and how he eventually overcame it through the power of reason to begin his truth-seeking journey. The quality of thought in it is on a level I’ve rarely encountered.”
“The chapter [on religion] itself is a compelling and rational dissection of organized religion and much more accessible to the layman than Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion because of the simple, straightforward way the evidence is presented (Dawkins does love his 50p words). As a fellow atheist (hear my bell clanging?) I identified with much of this chapter, but was also impressed by some of the historical and Biblical references that I was unfamiliar with. The author’s honesty about his doubts and personal experiences make this a very compelling read, and I can’t see how any rational mind could dispute the chain of logic that led him there. / Then we investigate our perception of the world and the part our consciousness plays in it. I don’t know how much of this I actually agree with but the theories posited are fascinating … They bounced around my head for days after reading them, which is some indication of how much there is to think about. Anything that stimulates the old grey cells to that degree has to have merit. / The author’s experiments into telekinesis are well documented and described with such enthusiasm that you will find yourself making up a psi-wheel and giving it a try. / Reality Check is a book that will invite discussion and stimulate thought, which is a rare accomplishment for any book.”
– Philip Henry (author), County Antrim
“I paid a life coach over a thousand dollars to explain to me over the course of five months what you explained (better) in a little less than seven chapters, and I’m not done reading.”
– YouTube user “qedlife”
“It said a lot that needed to be said. I hope it reaches many people and touches something deep within them, as it has myself. I applaud your work and feel that if more people could come to understand things as we have, there could be more peace in the world.”
– Quinton, USA
“I read the entire book in two sittings because I just didn’t want to put the book down. The concepts explored are very thought provoking, and the mix of theories and memoirs from Darryl’s life makes the book a much more enjoyable read than an academic paper covering the same principles. My only criticism is that occasionally the book feels a bit disjointed. Each chapter covers a separate issue, and while some of them have a tie in to the rest of the book, most don’t. Other than that, it was an amazing book.”
“I really enjoyed it a looot. It seems to me that most truth seekers out there are coming to very similar conclusions even though they pursuing different roads in getting there. On some passages reading the book felt like living again through my own experience on others I found new perspectives by looking at things your way.”
– Oliver, Germany
“Yesterday morning, I received your book through the post and I finished reading it around 8 hours later. I really enjoyed reading your book, since you have a similar mindset to what I have, but you explain the stuff to people a lot better than what I can. The people I’ve mentioned this kind of stuff to think I’m crazy, which I probably am. ;)”
– Adam Reilly