The “Call for a Renaissance of the Spirit in the Humanities”, written by Dr Athena D. Potari, is a pioneering project to raise awareness of how materialism affects the ways in which knowledge is approached in teaching the Humanities.

In line with the “Galileo Commision Report”* that discusses the importance of liberating the positive sciences from the limitations of the paradigm of scientific materialism, this Call makes the case for the Humanities as well.

The Call explores how recent developments in scientific studies on consciousness, and the ensuing understanding that consciousness is primary and unified, can inform our understanding of what it means to be “human” with correspondingly appropriate epistemologies, shows how we can approach key areas of human activity like ethics, politics and the environment.

This new document – already signed by over 100 scholars, including Dr Iain McGilchrist, Dr Anne Baring, Prof Keith Ward FBA and Prof Jeffrey Kripal – is a call to expand the Humanities to recover the depths of human spiritual identity.

The Galilio Commission is made up of world scientists and scholars who claim to have had the mystic experience. The Commission says:

“There is good evidence to refute the claim that we are merely ‘hackable animals’ (Yuval Noah Harari) or at best complex biological machines in need of an upgraded operating system as proposed by Transhumanism.

“We contend that this impoverished view of the human has contributed to a spiritual vacuum and widespread mental dis-ease that has undermined our sense of purpose and meaning and led us to neglect the vital inner aspect of human existence. Our capacity for attention has been fragmented, and we have lost touch with our centre, root and ground.

“We argue that a recovery of a deeper spiritual understanding of the human being as proposed by the likes of William James and Sir Alister Hardy FRS is vital to the future of our culture and that the emerging post-materialist understanding of consciousness points the way.”

Beyond a Materialist Worldview”.


  1. I have read the Galileo Commission Report and I think they are up against an additional couple of things; that spirituality tends to be held and defended in religious silos, the coronation brought that home to me, and so when we talk of spirituality it is often considered to mean religion. Many people, being concrete thinkers, cannot relate to the concept of spirituality, being unable to think in conceptual, metaphorical or symbolic terms, even intelligent people. It’s just how I find them. This is a problem I experience in trying to get folk to understand what I am saying. What we don’t understand becomes less believable. Thank you for bringing this publication to my attention, it helps and encourages.

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  2. Never under estimate the depth and profundity of the long term and continuing grip of spirituality on Charles. His coronation was very thoughtful. He is torn between his essence and the calls of human duty.

    Consequently, I believe The Coronation was more spiritual seed, some of which will fall on the prepared whether they know it ot not, whether they like it or not. The spiritual yeast is also working in some, as it always will. We can’t reach, preach, share, evangelise, or organise the mystical experience of Reality. As you say, it doesn’t work. Only Reality endows revelation of Itself, and always on individuals, not the opinionated, or religions, ideologies, cultures and nations.

    So if the Pareto Principle is right, 80% of the human race is incapable, unprepared to receive the revelation of the Reality that rules everything known and as yet unknown. Reality has its own timeline …

    Consequentially, I fervently wish Charles well.

    Best wishes,



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