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