The parallels between science and mysticism are explored as Mansfield, a professor of physics and astronomy at Colgate University, speaks of how he as a physicist has been influenced by exposure to eastern philosophical systems, especially Buddhism. He talks about his association with the philosopher-mystic Paul Brunton and one of Brunton’s principal adherents, Anthony Damiani. In the process, Mansfield provides numerous insights about the connection between the world of science and the realm of spirit. Pointing to the future, quantum physics may indeed provide a bridge to the spiritual.
Vic Mansfield, Ph.D., 1941-2008, was Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Colgate University. He died peacefully after a valiant two-year struggle with lymphoma. He was 67 years old and is survived by his wife Elaine and two sons David and Anthony.
His books include:
- Synchronicity, Science, and Soulmaking: Understanding Jungian Syncronicity Through Physics, Buddhism, and Philosophy (Court Publishing 1995)
- Head and Heart: A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred (Quest Books 2002)
- Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge (Templeton Foundation Press 2008)
His wife Elaine Mansfield wrote a book about grief and midwifing Vic during his dying process:
- Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief (Larson Publications 2014)
To learn more about the work of Vic Mansfield go to www.lightlink.com/vic.
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/30/1987 Program Number: 2068