A former Merchant Navy Officer and Bomber Command Navigator, Adair Butchins obtained a degree in astrophysics from Oxford University before working at the University of London Observatory at Mill Hill, where he wrote the software for the Tycho project carried on the Hipparchos satellite of the European Space Agency.
He also spent some time in industry as Principal Engineer in the advanced systems study group at Racal Avionics. He returned to lecture in aeronautics at London Guildhall University. Now retired, he has been an avid student of religion and philosophy all his life. "The Numinous Legacy" is his first book for the general public.
Adair Butchins, the author of The Numinous Legacy, joined special guest host Art Bell in a conversation that intertwined science and religion this Thursday night. Butchins pointed out that the three monotheistic religions-- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, were formed before the Copernican revolution (which showed that Earth wasn't the center of the universe) and thus they make God a "rather local" phenomenon. "I think there's definitely a system at work," making the universe the way it is, Butchins said. But while he doesn't reject the concept of a God or creator of the universe, he characterized such a being as likely indifferent to the fate of humanity or even the universe itself. "If God does exist, he doesn't interfere," Butchins stated. One of Butchins' most intriguing theories was that consciousness may have arisen from a parallel universe. He suggested that constants such as mathematics, ethics, love and compassion could have been seeded into our realm, possibly by ... More »Host: Art Bell