Spiritual Beings In A Material World with Charles Tart, Ph.D.

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"We have this spiritual nature but it's being denied, and we hurt at some level because of that. Even scientists have this spiritual nature but it's being denied. So spiritual people and scientists both say, 'Isn't the universe wonderful and complex and infinite and beautiful. Let's be friends.' That's nice, but it ignores the fundamental conflict, and materialism says that spirituality is basically all a lot of crap. We're not facing that root conflict, and that's what's got to be faced." Facing that conflict and bringing the reality of human spirituality into the public discourse is the work and the mission of Charles Tart. With the vigor and conviction of decades of research into the paranormal, he brings us a wealth of data demonstrating that we do, in fact, behave in ways that only spiritual beings would behave. You'll hear about the scientific evidence for reincarnation, telepathy, psychic healing, and more. Most of all you'll find validation for your own mystical experiences, and an acknowledgement of the deep sense of loss that comes from living in a society that denies your most fundamental truths. But you'll finish with a renewed sense of anticipation for what future research may reveal, and a fresh perspective on the rocky, but illuminating, path to enlightenment we share. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Charles T. Tart, Ph.D. is internationally known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness, particularly on altered states of consciousness, and for his research in scientific parapsychology. He is one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology. Tart’s two classic books, Altered States of Consciousness (Doubleday 1972) and Transpersonal Psychologies (Harper Collins 1992), were instrumental in introducing these subjects to modern psychology. 

Charles Tart, Ph.D. is the author of many books including: 

To learn more about the work of Charles Tart go to www.paradigm-sys.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How science has proven that we are spiritual beings
  • Why the cultural denial of our spiritual nature is so deeply hurtful
  • Why we tend to deny our mystical experiences
  • Why your church officials might not believe you've had a spiritual experience
  • How we might prove that reincarnation does occur
  • Why it may be better to use your cell phone than your psychic abilities

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 5/15/2009        Program Number: 3309