Imaginal Inspirations

Imaginal cells are responsible for the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly, the Greek symbol for the soul. These cells are dormant in the caterpillar but at a critical point of development they create the new form and structure which becomes the butterfly.

In the podcast series Imaginal Inspirations, David Lorimer talks to transformational authors and scientists about the experiences, people and books that have shaped their life and work.


Yvonne Kason on Spiritual Awakening
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Rosy Daniel on Love and Health
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Federico Faggin on Silicon and Consciousness
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Vasileios Basios on Consciousness and Complex Systems
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Dr. Vasilieios Basios is a senior researcher at the Physics of Complex Systems Department of the University of Brussels, where he conducts interdisciplinary research on self-organisation and emergence in complex matter as well as on aspects of the foundations of complex systems. We first met in the early 1990s in Greece where a number of pioneering meetings on a science of consciousness were arranged by his mentor and our mutual friend Emilios Bouratinos, author of the seminal work Science, Objectivity and Consciousness. During his formative years Vasili worked within the team of Ilya Prigogine (Nobel laureate and honorary SMN Member) at the Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry in Brussels. He is interested in the history of ideas in science and their role in the transformation of science beyond the prevailing mechanistic world-view. As a board member of the Scientific & Medical Network, he also maintains a keen interest in contemporary research avenues that have started to lead us to a new renaissance, concerned with the renewal of a “re-enchanted” nature. Vasili is also a Member of the Steering Group of the Galileo Commission.


Imaginal Inspirations is hosted by David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and Chair of the Galileo Commission, an academic movement dedicated to expanding the evidence base of a science of consciousness.


Works mentioned:



Science, Objectivity and Consciousness by Emilios Bouratinos

Chaos, Information Processing and Paradoxical Games: The Legacy of John Nicolis. By Gregoire Nicolis and Vasilieios Basios

Exploring Complexity by Gregoire Nicolis and Ilya Prigogine 

The Passion Of The Western Mind by Richard Tarnas

Order Out of Chaos : Man's New Dialogue with Nature by Ilya Prigogine, 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

The Sleepwalkers : A History of Man's Changing Vision of the Universe by Arthur Koestler

Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition by Frances A. Yates

Production: Martin Redfern

Artwork: Amber Haas

Music: Life is a River, by Magnus Moone

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Published May 6, 2021 at 5:00am
Bruce Greyson on the After life
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Marjorie Woollacott on The Awakening of a Scientific Mind
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David Lorimer on purpose, consciousness and Colin Wilson
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Apela Colorado on trees, dream work and indigenous wisdom
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Richard Tarnas on trusting the unfolding of life and revolutions of thought
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Kim Penberthy on gratitude for our parents and non-dualistic experiences
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Ravi Ravindra on Krishnamurti, effort and grace
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Marilyn Monk on curiosity, belonging and trust
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Jeffrey Kripal on 'impossible' experiences, precognition and the Esalen Institute
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Anne Baring on the divine feminine and Catharism
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Larry Dossey on pre-cognitive dreams and spirituality in healthcare
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Marilyn Schlitz on fiction, mortality and Edgar Mitchell
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Iain McGilchrist on spaciousness, Wordsworth and the soul
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Elisabet Sahtouris on imaginal cells, transformation and presence
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