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Frontiers of Knowledge is the story of unfolding developments that are revolutionizing our understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe. We are birthing a new era in which our ideas about the nature and source of reality are swiftly changing. Insights from quantum physics suggest that the basis of our physical world is actually mental—conscious thoughts. Other discoveries are causing us to redefine our concepts of mind and the elusive thing we call consciousness. All strongly hint that spirituality is the underlying source of everything.
Frontier scientists and scientifically trained researchers are providing us with a rich and expanding base of knowledge through systematic investigations of startling phenomena that have been observed in quantum physics, cosmology, biology, psychology, disease and healing, death, near-death experiences, reincarnation experiences, and those occurring in spiritual hypnosis on the nature of the spiritual realm. New concepts of reality are especially needed to explain the incredibly finetuned characteristics and the mysterious nature of our physical universe. Ninety-five percent of the universe's energy and mass are a mystery to scientists, and for the moment, we resort to naming them dark matter and dark energy.
The last time a comparable knowledge revolution occurred was in the late sixteenth century when astronomers determined that the planets revolved around the sun, not the earth. Historians call it the Copernican Revolution because it led to modern Western science. From one perspective, the new era predicted in this book—a revolution in its own right—can be considered the completion of the quantum revolution by defining and explaining the role of consciousness in our universe.
An underlying aspect of this new revolution is the sense that humanity is moving into a new era of rapidly expanding knowledge of the human spirit (our soul aspect) and non-physical realities. Until now, this emerging knowledge has not been organized into a coherent and comprehensive structure. Frontiers of Knowledge provides the first outline of this new structure of reality.
Douglas Kinney's broad experience and highly developed skills combine to uniquely qualify him to write this ambitious book encompassing both science and spirituality. His spiritual background includes being a New Thought (Religious Science) minister and practitioner, a certified spiritual hypnotist in past-life and between-lives regression, and a practitioner of spiritual journaling. He also enjoys personal relationships with several authentic spiritual channels.
His integration skills come from working for many years as a defense systems analyst and engineer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Northrop Grumman, several smaller companies, and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University. Within these organizations, he developed skills for working with large, complex systems and concepts. He was the lead systems architect on several large, multicompany projects, directing people from a variety of engineering disciplines and synthesizing the information they developed into a coherent system story or concept—often in ways outside conventional thinking and approaches.
His talent for integration and synthesis allows him to see patterns where most others cannot. (For those familiar with the StrengthsFinder 2.0 personal assessment method, this is defined as the Strategic talent or strength.) This has enabled him to create in this book a deep and integrated story that addresses many of the challenges facing scientific and spiritual knowledge today.
Douglas holds membership in several organizations exploring the interface between science, consciousness, spirituality, and the evolution of humanity: the Institute for Noetic Science (IONS), the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE), the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE), and the World Future Society.
Douglas and Terry, his wife of 37 years, have three children and six grandchildren. They live in Maryland near Wa shington, DC.