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Evolutionary Cosmology and the Journey of the Universe: A Conversation with Brian Swimme

May 30, 2019 | By The Pachamama Alliance

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The Story of the Universe

The global Pachamama Alliance community came together on May 29, 2019 with Brian Swimme—Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness and Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe at the California Institute of Integral Studies—to discuss the story of the universe.

Evolutionary cosmology refers to a way of seeing and relating to the universe as an ongoing story, and is part of Brian’s work that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

He spoke of our Milky Way galaxy as a creative system that can regenerate itself through the creation of new stars, and offered that seeing how “the universe is the most spectacularly creative realm we know of” allows the dynamics of creativity to come alive in our own lives.

As he said, “the perspective we take determines how we understand the world,” and evolutionary cosmology points to a process of “giving birth to a new form of human being, which includes a new form of human consciousness.”

To learn more about the story of the universe, visit the Journey of the Universe online course specialization, created in collaboration with Yale on Coursera.  Interested students can access the information for free if they choose to audit the course.

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