Covid and distrust in established institutions have led to a debate of what science is and isn’t, especially in the West. The problem is easier understood if we distinguish three stages in the history of science: protoscience, Newtonian physics, and Quantum Mechanics.

In the beginning there was the protoscience of…

The Forbidden City, Beijing, 17th century (Architectural Digest - Haiwei Hu/Getty)

Unravel the myths and legends of China’s rich history and it becomes apparent that the idea of the Middle Kingdom originated in its architecture, “civil engineering,” and its yin-yang-inspired cosmology. …

· The word consciousness doesn’t travel very well. In China, it has a moral, Confucian connotation; in India, it has a “spiritual” dimension.

· Artificial Intelligence can simulate consciousness, it cannot be conscious — nor can it have a mystical experience.

· If the universe is conscious, we have to…

Indian spiritual teacher and social activist P.R. Sarkar (1921–1990) and American futurist Lawrence Taub (1936–2018) had one rare thing in common. They both shed new light on the ancient notion of Varna, the foundation of Hinduism’s social structure. Sarkar based his socio-economic program (PROUT) on Varna cycles, and Taub, in…

Will humanity develop a global, “integral” consciousness? If so, how would it develop? How would the Chinese with their unique world view see a global consciousness? Interest in consciousness went mainstream during the “consciousness-raising” experiments of the hippies in the 1960s. They were followed by the New Age and Integral…

A hundred years after the quantum physics revolution, physicists continue to look for ways to integrate Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity with quantum theory. Einstein’s theory resists integration with the standard atomic model and the development of a unified model. …

The following is the first chapter from my recently published book Leibniz, Einstein, and China.

The Chinese, often described as inscrutable, do not excel in explaining their culture to the world. Their culture has been shaped by a worldview that can be traced back to the Book of Changes, the…

These three short books deal with futurism, art, and science. Their common thread is the interaction between East and West. When India Eclipses China is a guide Lawrence Taub’s spiritual futurism that links the Indian theory of Caste Cycles to actual history. The Chinese Roots of the Modernist Revolution shows…

Jan Krikke

Author of When India Eclipses China Futurist Lawrence H. Taub on the Unexpected 21st Century

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