Shelton Ranasinghe is an author and a retired professional engineer. The exposure he acquired living in five continents over a large part of his active working life combined with his interest on human behaviors, has given him a unique and intimate understanding of putting his thoughts into writing on philosophy and science fiction, combining both these streams.
“Self A Delusion” - A good read to understand that the self could arise from deluded cognition.
“Thinking Explored” - Cleverly explain how thinking process develops from day one.
“Are We Being Fooled by our Brains” - Explore the complexity and cunning nature of the brain.
“Our Psyche and Beliefs” - Is an idea of how our brains geared to adore beliefs.
“Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche” - Refreshingly unforced and thought-provoking dissection of Buddhist doctoring.
“Our extraterrestrial Neighbors” - Readers will perceive many complex philosophical overtones beyond the Sci-fi content.
“The Phone Rang in the Middle of My Shower” - This Sci-fi explores afterlife, along many religious beliefs.
“DoooD” - Excellent Sci-fi on Artificial Intelligence.
Shelton’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I understand you are "following your bliss" in writing your blissful books. What made you to write the books?
After I came to the USA I came across some books of Professor Joseph Campbell on a subject I was interested in – mythology and philosophy. Joe Campbell had a famous quote, ‘Follow your bliss.’ In one interview he mentioned that ‘if you wanted to write a book and if you have not done that, what sort of feeling you will get when the moment comes for you to die?
This quote and his words inspired me. I read the professor’s entire collection of writings and watched all his videos.
The exposure I’ve had from living in five continents over my active career as a professional engineer gave me a unique and broad understanding of various cultures, social behavior patterns and belief. This lead me to write the first book.
What's your first book? Tell us about it. How long did you take to write it.
The title was "Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche."
From my young age I have read many books on various belief systems. I had a habit of writing down my rationale thinking on superstitious ideas, religious concepts and similar things. After I realized the collection of what I had written in the past and also the knowledge I gathered from reading about various cultures, belief systems and social evolution, I thought I could easily compile a book.
If you look into the timeline of human civilization process, from the time the primitive hunter became the hunter gatherers and to the present status, we have created many beliefs and superstitious ideas and passed them on to our next generations. When we come out from the ‘manufacturing factory,’ our brains are clear like new flash drives. But from childhood our brains are fed with doses of superstitious and paranormal ideas by our parents and others. I try to highlight some of these aspects in my book though it was written under the rationale viewpoints of Buddhist philosophy.
“Buddha Impetus to Primitive Psyche,” was written off-and-on over a five-year period as time – and inspiration – allowed.
Sci-fi on AI - Artificial Inteligence
All started with the two drones coming from nowhere, that threatened and subdued the two reckless drivers who were racing on interstate 71 freeway. The CIA was baffled over the many mysterious incidents that were happening throughout USA. This was an addition of different kind.
Take it from there. It is a fabulous short read for those interested in Scifi.
Though we do not give much emphasis and accept it as an integral entity of life, our psyche and how the psyche operates is uniquely out of the ordinary, weird and mysterious. This book discuss the nature of our psyche and about its inseparable companion “beliefs” in a rational manner.
A refreshingly simplified examination unravelling the mysteries of the brain and thinking process. Considering the complexity of the subject it is great that the presentation is utterly interesting, instructive and easy to read.
A radio signal is traced from outer space by SETI. The story now heads in an unexpected direction. This narrative is serious, not heavy and has a novel mix of technology, philosophy and ideology to suit readers of all ages. The singular feature of the book unravels as the soft and gentle mannerisms underlying the basic nature of the aliens come to light in the later chapters.
Every time I wanted to empty my inbox I was hesitant to do so because of the enjoyment I got from reading some of the hilarious emails. After writing a few non-fiction and fictions books in the past, for a change I decided to compile some fun emails into a book to extend the enjoyment to others. So, this is the product.
From the time Tony's phone started ringing when he was having a shower, it is a story with incidents and surprises that you'll never expect even in your wildest imagination. Dan, Chris, Aini and her baby daughter Sara are the main characters who keep the unusual journey ticking. You are rest assured the enjoyment of reading every bit of the novel.
Considering the enormous capacity, complexity, manipulability and craftiness of our brain networks, I hypothesize that the brain has purposely given us reigns to make “us” aware only about the functionality of this "limited sector" of the thinking process.
A stimulating analysis combining cutting edge research and the thinking of modern and ancient philosophers on the elusive topic of "self". Where resides the self? and a host of other questions have baffled man over the past millennia.
The writer is realistic enough not to even suggest the possibility of solving all the mysteries. But has presented all components together to get you intrigued.
A radio signal is traced to a subterranean cave habitat on the moon. The story now heads in an unexpected direction. This narrative is serious, not heavy and has a novel mix of technology, philosophy and ideology to suit readers of all ages. The singular feature of the book unravels as the soft and gentle mannerisms underlying the basic nature of the aliens come to light in the later chapters.
This book is an unconventional approach to Buddhist doctrine. It is brilliantly written with logical evaluation of Buddhist concepts with emphasis on suffering and "anatta" (non-self), the two pillars of Buddhist teaching. The author's ability to read the Buddhist scripture and extract what Buddha really meant is the greatest contribution. This Book is a 'must' for anyone with an open mind.