Excellence Reporter: Dr. Radin, what is the meaning of life?
Dean Radin: Each of us defines our own meaning of life. For those who are simply trying to survive pondering this question is an impossible luxury. But for those who have the time and means to wonder why we are here, meaning eventually becomes the essential question. Some find meaning in religious faith. Others find it in passionate support for a sports team, in their family, by striving to earn as much money as they can, or by working in the service or health professions. Some scientists believe that ultimately there is no meaning at all, leading to the depressing philosophy of nihilism.
For me, I feel fortunate to have found a way to link my work with the meaning of life. I’m interested in understanding consciousness and the ultimate nature of reality. I do this by probing the far reaches of human potential in the laboratory and by studying phenomena — mainly commonly reported abilities like telepathy and precognition — that challenge prevailing scientific models of the brain-mind relationship. This is meaningful to me because I believe that such phenomena provide important hints about who and what we are, and what we may become.
As such, I am seeking clues that may help humanity grow out of its troubled, rough adolescence and into a mature and compassionate global community. Like many who work in non-profit organizations, ultimately I find meaning in trying to “save the world,” although in my case I am not focused on today’s immediate needs, but rather on a long-term vision.
~Dean Radin PhD, Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences (Petaluma, California), and Associated Distinguished Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, California).
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