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Reality Begins with Consciousness
By Dr Vernon Neppe and Dr Edward Close

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To you, the reader, with our grateful thanks

The initial version of our paradigm shift, a theory of everything holistic model that permeates scientific, mathematical and philosophical disciplines , was extremely complex to the extent that readers commented there were very few who would be able to understand it. Indeed that was so: It was multidisciplinary and required a high level of knowledge, a conceptualization background, and training in specialized aspects of the physical, psychological, biological, and consciousness sciences, in philosophy and logic, plus a specialized background in mathematics: There were few who could fully appreciate all these disciplines. We have assiduously made hundreds of revisions over the past several months. The result is Reality Begins With Consciousness. This book attempts to make these complex areas more coherent.

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Ideas that have inherent merit should stand the test of time. But they must be comprehensible and sound. Sometimes such models are so esoteric they are difficult to interpret unambiguously. It's fascinating that when we examine broad "Theories of Everything", we find Kabbalic and Vedic Mysticism have survived centuries or even millennia, yet are so complex that interpretations are ambiguous. We also find remarkable, but conceptually limited older models that focus on one specific area, such as consciousness. By contrast, in our model, we have strived for clarity and lack of ambiguity. We differentiate more speculative information from our key axioms.

The scope of our challenge has been enormous. But we hope it will stimulate long-term further developments and research. Drs. Edward R. Close and Vernon Neppe attempt the broadest of paradigms, not a single area of focus. We attempt to develop something never before done: an all-encompassing paradigm that is feasible yet not falsified in all the major scientific disciplines, namely, the physical, life, psychological and consciousness sciences. Additionally, we ensure that there is a mathematicological basis to justify this overriding paradigm, plus a philosophical mystical basis, as well. Our fundamental metaparadigm has tens of eventually or potentially testable ideas applying a novel approach to the philosophy of science , and indirectly suggests about six hundred different concepts, ideas, postulates or hypotheses. It uses both the empirical, often inductive data of scientific method plus the deductive bases of mathematics.

We've received feedback from tens of peer scientists and creative readers during these past seven months. We are gratified that we have still been able to coherently maintain the key elements of our paradigm, which remains cogent and relevant. But one challenge was to amplify the ideas and to convert the hundreds of complex multidisciplinary ideas into two readable scientific books. We did this by applying several techniques: We have provided:

• an immediate glossary of key terms (which many may want to print for reference),
• a comprehensive table of contents allowing a sense of prioritizing the concepts,
• initial summary perspectives allowing readers to understand the broader picture,
• numerous chapters that can be read independently of the rest of the book,
• comprehensive, but pertinent references, and
• an index at the end.

On the other hand, there may be those of you who do not want to be given the key information at the start, and who would prefer a gradual transition. If so please begin at "Section B: The Limits of What Exists" with Chapter 3, but we recommend you still use the key glossary of terms at the beginning.

This book could not have succeeded without the specialists who provided important peer-reviewed feedback within their areas of expertise, and alerted us to other areas that were pertinent. We have therefore, particularly endeavored to ensure that those who specialize in particular disciplines, such as psychology, physics, mathematics, or philosophy can be stimulated in their disciplines, and yet, those specialists can use their specialty as a jumping point for the challenge of the multidisciplinary emphasis. We are gratified, too, that those with particular interests across disciplines, in areas such as "time" or "order" can appreciate specific chapters. Clearly, too, this book focuses on Consciousness Research. Those in that very broad scientific discipline may be able to conceive of the enormous leap to understand the need for change, and the nature of an all-encompassing paradigm.

And so, this book is for scientists, philosophers, creative thinkers and mathematicians who want to understand reality, consciousness and the world, and for those who seek a single broader base to appreciate their cosmos and themselves. We have deliberately initially produced an electronic book because we knew that based on the feedback we would receive, there would be further revisions leading to further editions. We also know that this book is particularly suited to reading on computers or electronic readers because searching is so much easier. However, once this EBook has been revised a few times, and there is a justified demand, we may produce a hard copy of the book: We realize it is that important.

What about those who do not fit the description above? Have we catered for non-scientists and those who want some easier reading on this topic? We've been surprised at the General Reader comments we've listed. Some are indeed mastering this book, even as it stands! However, within the next year, it's our hope to produce a (hard copy) book written for the layperson in the sciction style initiated by Dr. Neppe. This way we hope to fascinate and educate and use dialog ("conversagraphs") communicated at the layperson level16. This will allow much broader readership of what to us are fundamental ideas.

Vernon M Neppe and Edward R Close.