Ask the Right Questions: Faith, Stirred Not Shaken Published by Outskirts Press

Author Robert De Filippis asks his readers to consider seriously the weird, but intriguing possibility – the probability, in fact – that human consciousness and the physical universe, the two great mysteries of the age, are inextricably intertwined.

Herrin, IL, November 24, 2011 --( Robert De Filippis announced today the release of Faith, Stirred Not shaken, Exploring the Miracle between Science and Religion, published by Outskirts Press. In this philosophical, scientific and truly logical new work, De Filippis expresses his dismay at the current debate between neo-Darwinian evolution and causal intelligent design because – and he demonstrates why – it misses what he believes is the main point: is the universe teleological – i.e. goal oriented.

De Filippis starts off questioning pedestrian logic. “Generally speaking, we do not question the logic that shapes our system,” he writes. “We are like fish in water – we live in it.” His beef is with the binary logic of Aristotle in which something must be either right or wrong. There is no middle ground. This logic of the “excluded middle” is insufficient to address either religion or science, unless we wish to keep them closed systems.

“We need another look not only at what we know, but how we know it,” he says.

Current thinking has given us a fundamentalist Christianity inadequate to understand life, and the author shows the necessity of rejecting its three basic tenets that are, in fact, untenable: the ontology of flawed and separate human beings; the cosmology of a dual and separate universe; the rejection of factual analysis in favor of a blind faith in clearly unsubstantiated beliefs.

The classical scientific model based on Newton’s laws is also no longer useful as a truthful mechanism for understanding our universe or the life in it. Since the introduction of quantum mechanics, we have learned that probability becomes physical actuality only through the agency of the observer. Consequently our goal today “should not be a new set of truths to believe,” says De Filippis, “but a new orientation that allows us to continue asking.”

Are human consciousness and the universe inextricably intertwined? It is an excellent first question.

Faith, Stirred Not Shaken is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white ISBN: 978-1-4327-7527-8 SRP: $24.95
Genre: Philosophy/religion/science/quantum theory

About the author:
Robert De Filippis is a retired organizational development consultant and executive coach. During his 45 year career he worked in the U.S., Canada, Central America and Eastern and Western Europe. His long career as consultant and coach gave him access to the deepest and most intimate concerns of his clients. Regardless of their industries, positions, education or experiences, certain common human concerns linked them all. What he heard created an interest in understanding the deeper question of "what it means to be human". This interest has shaped his final career as an author. In addition to writing, he is considers himself to be a gainfully unemployed amateur philosopher and mathematically-challenged, arm-chair theoretical physicist. He brings it all together in his books.

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