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Kabbalistic Panpsychism
By: Hyman M. Schipper Ė IFF Books, $20.95)

Description: From a scientific and philosophical point of view, there is arguably no phenomenon as intractable as the origin and nature of consciousness.

This volume provides a comprehensive account of the Kabbalistic understanding of consciousness adduced from ancient Jewish mystical texts and the writings of key sixteenth-twentieth century Kabbalistic and Chassidic luminaries.

Verdict: If there was ever to be someone to talk about this subject matter, as in-depthly and as passionately as one could ever do, Dr. Schipper would always, and rightfully, be at the forefront of that discussion.

Dr. Schipper is a professor of neurology and medicine (Geriatrics) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a clinical neurologist at Montrealís Jewish General Hospital and the director of a neuroscience laboratory in the hospitalís affiliated Lady Davis Institute for biomedical research.

His research focuses on degenerative diseases affecting the brain and mind and he is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers on these and related topics.

Indeed, Dr. Schipper has long been interested in the interface between contemporary science and the Jewish mystical tradition (Kabbalah) and thus this book, Kabbalistic Panpsychism: The Enigma of Consciousness in Jewish Mystical Thought has always been a given for coming to be, one might say.

Having never personally heard about the theory of cross correlation between the particle-wave paradox and the will-preordained paradox before, and of which itself feels like a remarkable resonance within and unto itself, I found this book all forms of informative, structurally curious, eye-opening, informative, questionable and a whole smorgasbord of other feelings (which makes for a quite wondrous read, I think youíll agree!).

For all intents and purposes, if you are still on the fence here, given what you yourself might already be spiritually aligned with, Dr. Schipper addresses a conspicuous gap in the literature, solidifying the notion that the primacy of consciousness in nature is far from a new idea, but one that juts back in time through Historical tradition; thus taking both the Kabbalah and science discourse to an entirely new level of conversation.

About the Author: Dr. Schipper is a clinical neurologist and neuroscientist at the Jewish General Hospital (McGill University) in Montreal. His research activities are in the fields of Oxidative Stress, Brain Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases. He has a long-term interest in the interface between contemporary science and the Jewish mystical tradition (Kabbalah). He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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