How Einstein put the ghost back in the machine

In this talk, Ron puts humanity back at the centre of the cosmos.  He begins by admitting that the cosmos seems to dwarf us human beings.  We are intimidated by the scale of the universe and thus we can feel small. The universe’s immensity is framed by space and time:  these are the dimensions that make the cosmos ‘big’ and us humans ‘small’.  But then Ron explains how Einstein’s theory of relativity turned that world upside down.  It turns out that light is the only constant, and space and time shrink the faster we approach the speed of light.  All the time that Ron speaks, we were thinking about Jesus when  he said, ‘I am the light of the world’…

Ron Winestock

Ron is an unorthodox addition to the GC community because he inherits multiple perspectives which are rarely combined. His lineage is Jewish and he has maintained a consistent dialogue with—and interest in—that tradition. This gives him a special interest in the Jewish philosophy that underpins the Old Testament. He is also deeply interested in western philosophy and continues his postgraduate research on the restoration of mystery and mind to the world of mechanics. He is particularly focused on the implications this holds for the over simplistic materialist view that has become the flagship of modern thinking. This has led him to also explore the modern philosophy of science, particularly the new horizons of the mystery revealed by Relativity and Quantum Theory.

Behind all this Ron is a businessman: his family pioneered the western world’s trade with communist China, and Ron ran that business for many years before turning to his real love—farming and today he runs a large farming enterprise.

Ron’s passion is hard won and his interest in philosophy is not casual. In his early life, he was a hardcore atheist and deeply committed to a reductionist view of the world—which led him to nihilism and a search for meaning. That search brought him to the gospel and gave him a new core belief system. His intellectual life since has been driven by inquiry into the wondrous logos of the universe unlocked in the God-man, and to critique the dead end of “scientism” that has gripped the modern age, and which caused him—and many others—so much darkness.

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