Bentov – ‘Ben’ to his friends – says this book is the result of some living room discussions with friends over a period of time, which become more elaborate as topics were added. His dilemma was – at what point does one stop acquiring knowledge and start writing? He chose to write. Goal: to build a model of the Universe that will satisfy the need for a comprehensive picture of what our existence is all about.  In other words, a holistic model that encompasses not only the physical, observable universe that is our immediate environment and the distant universe as observed by astronomers, but the  ‘realities’  of our emotional, mental and intuitive components.