A Response to the Review of Mirror of Consciousness: Art Creativity and Veda by Robert Pepperell of the Posthuman Laboratory for Arts Research
In his review of my book Mirror of Consciousness: Art Creativity and Veda, Pepperell acknowledges the importance of Maharishi Vedic Science in furthering any understanding of consciousness (Leonardo (MIT Press, December 2002 http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-journals/Leonardo
While Pepperell suggests that Mirror of Consciousness deals with ‘philosophy’ rather than ‘science,’ the book clearly explains why this body of knowledge and its applications are a complete science of consciousness. The distinction here is an important one. Science identifies universal principles, laws of nature and provides practical technologies with applications in all fields of life. Maharishi Vedic Science fulfils these criteria. The effects of the application of its technologies are verifiable through research methodologies.
Not surprisingly, in his review of Mirror of Consciousness, Pepperell isolates the cornerstone to my discussion of art, creativity and Vedic Science—the role of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme in the evolution of consciousness and comprehension of it’s complete range.
Pepperell goes on to comment that he finds Mirror of Consciousness ‘hard going’. Admittedly, the book makes no attempt to shy away from using the technical terms of Maharishi Vedic Science, including Sanskrit phrases, to explicate pertinent themes. The aim is to articulate intelligently the full scope of Maharishi Vedic Science and to provide a comprehensive resource for the reader—something to return to or re-examine through several readings.
Despite Pepperell’s final comments that a shorter, less technical book may have wider appeal, it is significant that he has observed one vital theme—the book’s articulation of the Extended Maharishi Effect. http://permanentpeace.org/
An understanding of the import of the Extended Maharishi Effect is enormously relevant today, given the global crisis that confronts us. I would assert that the Extended Maharishi Effect as the only viable means to prevent terrorism, war and conflict and create lasting world peace at this time.
This effect has repeatedly been demonstrated in numerous scientific research studies worldwide. If the intellectual community at large, well-wishers in society and the world’s governmental leaders, could grasp this one remarkable principle and its application, and support its implementation, as a result of either reading this book or of encountering this knowledge in another format*, then I believe humanity would witness a paradigm shift, a collective cognitive leap if you will, that would have far-reaching outcomes for lasting world peace—let alone, coherent and infinitely more exciting and diverse possibilities in the fields of art, science and consciousness.
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 Robert Pepperell is an artist, writer, musician, collaborator with Hex, Coldcut and Hexstatic, senior lecturer at University of Wales College, Newport (UWCN) and author of The Post-Human Condition and The Postdigital Membrane.