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The Science of the First Person

Narrated by: Richard Lang
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This book is about the heart of religious experience, namely Enlightenment (which is finding the truth concerning oneself), and about science (which is finding the truth concerning other things), and about the relationship between them.

It claims that Enlightenment is more truly scientific than science itself; and that, without Enlightenment, science is only half the story and therefore full of contradictions, of insoluble problems both theoretical and practical. It shows how, when at last one turns one's attention round and ceases to overlook the Looker - the First Person at the near-end of one's microscope or telescope or spectacles - these contradictions are resolved. Some 37 examples are given, taken from such diverse fields as physics, mathematics, semantics, epistemology, and psychotherapy, to show how nothing less than Enlightenment makes sense and works out.

The listener will find that Enlightenment is not, after all, an unattainable mystery, but perfectly natural and instantly accessible to anyone who carries out the simple test - the basic experiment of the Science of the First Person - which this audiobook describes.

©1974, 1997, 2001, 2009, 2011 The Shollond Trust (P)2017 The Shollond Trust

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Fantastic!

“On having no head” is the most important spiritual book in my collection and this is the perfect elaborating on its basic insights. It also works as a stand-alone and if you have the usual existential quandaries most spiritual seekers do it’s the most clear book of answers you could find. Richard Lang is a great narrator with a wonderful voice and since he owns the insights of the book the message comes across without fail. I recommend it with all my heart.

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  • Litbovely
  • 21-01-19

Apples and oranges, Hammer and nails

As much as I loved the author’s On Having No Head, this book is really a failed attempt at connecting the subjectivity of pure awareness with science.

Starting from the title, “science of the first person”, the book just bends ideas and definitions until they break, and forcibly draws comparisons with things that really have almost nothing in common.

In essence, Harding outlines a theory that probably could - with enough defining and postulating - be formally defended, but which remains almost completely useless.

The real measure of a theory is its applicability and predictive power, not rigorous formality. All the word play in this book, while mildly interesting at times, adds almost no value to our collective understanding of things.

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  • Amy W
  • 27-12-18

Great book

I think it’s an amazing book that everyone should read. I like the reading too.