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AntiMatters: New Online Journal Invites Submissions

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  • Maurice McCarthy
    I thought some on this list might like to see this new initiative. The website is in India but coordinated by editors from across the world using PKP (Public
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 2, 2007
      I thought some on this list might like to see this new initiative. The website is in India
      but coordinated by editors from across the world using PKP (Public Knowledge Publishing)
      software. The journal will be a free of cost ejournal.

      "Submissions" in the subject title means to an acceptable academic format and formatted in
      the style of the American Psychological Association.

      Obviously, there is no content as yet on www.anti-matters.org

      Founding Editors:

      Mae-Wan Ho, Director, Institute of Science in Society, United Kingdom
      Robert Maurice Kleinman, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, United States
      Peter B Lloyd, Writer (www.peterblloyd.org), United Kingdom
      Ulrich J Mohrhoff, Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, India
      Roger D Nelson, Director, Global Consciousness Project, United States
      Eric Weiss, California Institute of Integral Studies

      Mohrhoff gives this link for advice on APA style:



      ----- Forwarded message from Ulrich Mohrhoff <ujm@...> -----

      Subject: AntiMatters: New Online Journal Invites Submissions
      From: Ulrich Mohrhoff <ujm@...>
      Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 08:02:59 -0500
      To: PSYCHE-D@...

      AntiMatters (anti-matters.org) is a new online journal addressing issues in
      science and the humanities from non-materialistic perspectives. Starting
      March 29, 2007, it accepts original submissions in line with the Journal's
      Focus and Scope.

      Focus and Scope of the Journal:

      Materialism, in one form or another, is still widely accepted as the
      overarching framework for discussing issues not only in science but also in
      the humanities. AntiMatters is dedicated to illuminating these issues from
      non-materialistic perspectives.

      Materialism is by nature pluralistic. It assigns ultimate reality to a
      multitude (particles, spacetime points, monads, actual occasions, etc.). It
      models reality "from the bottom up." Its principal explanatory concepts are
      composition and interaction, to which modern field theories have added the
      concept of instantiation (usually of physical properties by spacetime points).

      AntiMatters encourages the exploration of ontologies that are essentially
      monistic, not because they aim to reduce reality to a single category such
      as matter or mind, but because they assign ultimate reality to an entity or
      principle that is intrinsically one. Such ontologies model reality "from the
      top down," using novel explanatory concepts such as differentiation,
      manifestation, emanation, or emergence (and probably others that no one has
      though of yet).

      AntiMatters is for those who are uncomfortable with (or unconvinced of)
      materialism, or who favor a non-materialistic world view. Such persons are
      oftentimes unaware of how much of what is claimed to have been
      scientifically established is actually spurious. For their benefit, the
      Journal aims to critically examine the alleged scientific evidence for
      materialism. While authors are expected to respect and take account of all
      relevant empirical data, they should bear in mind that empirical data are
      inevitably theory-laden and paradigm-dependent, and that theories and
      paradigms, being to a considerable extent social constructions, are relative.

      Science operates within an interpretative framework that formulates
      questions and interprets answers. This framework is itself not testable.
      AntiMatters wants to serve as a platform for the comparative study of
      alternative interpretative frameworks. The Journal emphasizes the following
      criteria for the evaluation of such frameworks:

      (i) Consistency with all empirical data, not only the quantifiable ones but
      also those obtained through phenomenological methods, altered states of
      consciousness, and mystical or spiritual experience.

      (ii) An appropriate ontological status for what we value most, such as
      happiness, self-fulfillment, excellence ??? the Platonic trinity of beauty,
      good, and truth.

      The Journal wants to set high intellectual standards, without sacrificing
      substance. Style is important, but more so is content. Positive thinking is
      as essential as clarity of exposition. Deconstruction for its own sake
      qualifies as little as religious dogma.

      It is not the (primary) aim of AntiMatters to "convert" die-hard
      materialists. Instead, the Journal offers non-materialists the opportunity
      of a stimulating exchange of views. It will invite comments on articles that
      are accepted for publication and encourage comments on published articles.
      Authors will of course be allowed to respond to comments.

      Discussions of "anomalies," which are neglected or ignored by mainstream
      science, also fall within the scope of the Journal.

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