Avon Athens will be speaking on 4 consecutive Thursdays in July on the following topics under the overall heading “Towards a synthesis of philosophy, theology and psychology“:
- The existential question: What is the meaning of life? – 5 July
- Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam – 12 July
- Hindu philosophy: Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra – 19 July
- Transpersonal psychology: The modern study of spirituality – 26 July
Each talk is free to attend and starts at 7:30pm.
These presentations will review aspects of the Western tradition (the Abrahamic religions and the esoteric doctrines connected therewith), the Eastern tradition (Hindu philosophy and Yoga), Western philosophy both ancient and modern, and transpersonal psychology as a modern development.
These academically distinct areas share common ground and principles which only come to light when they are studied in combination. The general directive for this program is to explore these commonalities, to investigate various mysteries and enigmas of traditional teachings by cross referencing the systems with each other, and to relate the understanding thus gained to the problems of life in the modern world.
This work is the outcome of more than a decade of study, introspection and contemplation.The approach is original and uncovers various principles that are rarely explained clearly in the open literature. The content is not just of academic interest but also of practical relevance to anyone on the path of Self-realization.
Biography of the speaker
Growing up in the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s exposed Avon to spiritual and new age ideas during his adolescent years. Around his 20th birthday, he had an experience of cosmic consciousness facilitated by an entheogen. This life-changing event was a direct personal experience of the numinous realms that marked the beginning of Avon’s spiritual quest. In the course of the next few years, he spent time in India, started reading books on Hermetic philosophy and Theosophy, had a brief encounter with Scientology, and practised Transcendental Meditation.
Missing out on secondary school, Avon lacked formal qualifications and career prospects so began to study for O-levels at the age of 25. The plan at the time was to train as a practitioner of complementary medicine but while attending college, he discovered a talent for science which took him in a different direction. He later took A-levels then went on to study astronomy, mathematics and physics at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1994 at the age of 35.
Avon found his first professional job in 1999 soon after studying for an MSc in signal processing. He worked as a research scientist at QinetiQ, a defence and security research organization. This was a learning experience for a few years but ultimately led to a point where Avon felt the need to take his career in a new direction away from the professional and corporate world.
Avon took voluntary redundancy from QinetiQ in 2009 to conduct independent research into philosophy, science and transpersonal psychology. This was also a time for exploring “postmodern counterculture” which deals with subjects like near death experiences (NDEs), out of body experiences (OBEs), UFOs, geopolitics and the deep state which receive little attention in academia or the mainstream media.
Avon completed a second MSc in 2015 and continues with independent research as a main activity. He is currently developing a website to present his work.