About Ted

Ted Christopher lives in Rochester, New York. His post-high school formal education has been mostly technical and included bachelor degrees in Computer and Information Science and also Mathematics (University of Massachusetts at Amherst). Later in conjunction with research work in biomedical ultrasound he obtained a Masters and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (University of Rochester).

His outside intellectual interests and concerns expanded over the years from sustainability issues to include the modern understanding of life. This move reflected some personal observations. Over the last 12 years he has investigated basic problems with that understanding together with possible explanations offered by the premodern transcendental understanding of life. As a result of these efforts he has produced some writings including two books, A Hole in Science: An Opening for an Alternative Understanding of Life (3rd Edition) first published in 2015 (subsequent editions) and Why Science Is Wrong About Life and Evolution: “The Invisible Gene” and Other Essays on Scientism published in 2020.

Debunking a Materialist Vision of Life

An essential gist of modern science is that life - including of course psyche life - is completely describable in terms of material-only processes. At a microscopic level molecules do their molecular-thing and everything else is simply an expression of those molecular interactions. End of story.

Pushing aside the scientific hubris¹, this has never made sense for at least three reasons:

  1. Any careful examination of reports of inexplicable (or paranormal) happenings is left with a sense that unless all of these reports reflect gross dishonesty and/or naivety there was something non-materialist going on in some of these cases. This site only minimally touches on this topic, though. The second chapter in Why Science is Wrong About Life and Evolution does consider some paranormal phenomena, in particular reports from Elizabeth L. Mayer’s fine Extraordinary Knowing.
  2. There is a growing list of generally-accepted phenomena which do not make sense from a material-only perspective. From that perspective, young children can not be born 'knowing things they never learned' and more generally pretty much hitting the pavement running in adult-like focused fashion. Similarly, young children can not be born knowing they arrived in the wrong gender's body and subsequently living their lives accordingly. These and other generally accepted, science-challenging phenomena are considered in detail in the two books.
  3. Finally, the expectations associated with one of the scientific pillars of materialism, that an individual's DNA (or molecular blueprint) begets their particulars - and thus for example behavioral genetics and personal genomics (and possibly the origins of some of the conundrums mentioned above in 2.) - are simply getting crushed. If this abject failure were occurring with regards to an alternative understanding of life (including of course a religious one) this "absolutely beyond belief" failure would by now be drawing plenty of intellectual attention. This site will touch on this unfolding failure and the two books consider this situation in detail.