Thinking Far Outside the Box in "My Universe - A Transcendent Reality"

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Committing to reading this book of essays by Alex Vary is work. Work is what people do to survive. Thinking is how they get to do work and how they survive and open windows to what it all may mean. Alex has said, “While writing the book, I wanted reassurance about transcendent reality and the reality of spirit. I wanted assurances that human consciousness transcends the material world. I asked for and received answers to questions that could convince a scientist that we actually have access to a transcendent reality.”

Encountering a mind as swept away with the desire to share his earned view of the universe deserves respect. There are very few of the world’s “thinkers” who able to go into the interstices of physics, spirituality, all manner of science, psychology, and ultimately spirituality and hold people’s attention the way Vary does. Perhaps in other times or perhaps within the thoughts of those who see things clearly but are unable to even attempt to metamorphose those ideas into words, pathways for fellow man to begin to understand.

Not all of what Alex Vary writes is comprehensible, mostly due to the fact that his depth of knowledge of physics is far deeper than most everyone else. It is a marriage of matter and mind, an Aristotle's lantern help up to the concept that the flashes of brilliance that flicker in the minds of profound scientists on the brink of `discovery' is very close to the epiphanies of spiritual thinkers. He describes the transcendent nature of human consciousness and its relation to physical being. A theme throughout this book is that people are simultaneously in transcendent and material domains. The human consciousness transcends the material and elevates and entwines our spirits, that bonding between mind and matter that unlocks possibilities for understanding the universe as Vary has found it.

According to Gray Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer, a well considered quote about Vary’s book follows: “Author Vary offers prophetical prose-poesy in which science, theology, and philosophy are combined. He offers revolutionary ideas that promote perception modification and self-realization. Vary posits the essential paradigm that our cosmos and other possible cosmoses are but material subsets of the Universe, the one foundational reality beyond measurement, definition, or description. Vary shows how this ultimate transcendent reality combines and enlightens our shared consciousness and enables its role in marshaling order from the perceived chaos that surrounds us. The underlying premise presumes the transcendent nature of human consciousness.” Harp furthermore states,“And that seems to be the raison d'être for writing this book: Vary wants us to spend time with him in the ether of the concepts he presents and simply consider his thoughts – and perhaps change the way we think and evolve. And to get more from his book will take many readings. Plug in, commit the time to work through his language and his ideas, and feel the difference that makes.”

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About the Author
Alex Vary retired from NASA’s Lewis Research Center after over 36 years as research scientist and supervisor. He began his NASA career in the Center’s Nuclear Division. Vary’s first major assignment was research in methods for converting nuclear thermal energy directly into electricity for Mars mission auxiliary power. He then conducted research in liquid metal heat transfer for nuclear power conversion until all NASA nuclear work was halted. As an advocate of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods he developed during studies of liquid metal containment, he established an NDE laboratory for the Center. Vary guided its progress to his retirement in 1995, and gained world recognition for his pioneering work and numerous contributions to NDE technology for high temperature composites and ceramics for advance aircraft engines and structures.

My Universe – A Transcendent Reality * by Alex Vary
Atheist-Scientist's Guide to God
Publication Date: December 30, 2011
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