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Evolution's Purpose: An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins Hardcover – October 1, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: SelectBooks; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792209
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

STEVE MCINTOSH J.D. is a leader in the integral philosophy movement and author of the recent book, Evolution's Purpose, as well as the acclaimed 2007 book, Integral Consciousness. He is also a co-founder of the new think tank: The Institute for Cultural Evolution. In addition to the think tank and his work in philosophy, McIntosh has had a variety of other successful careers, including founding the consumer products company Now & Zen, practicing law with one of America's largest firms, working as an executive with Celestial Seasonings Tea Company, and Olympic-class bicycle racing. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Southern California Business School, and now lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons. For more on his work, visit: www.stevemcintosh.com

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I recommend this book to anyone who wonders why we're here.
Erik K. Dutilly
Steve McIntoch's new book "Evolution's Purpose: An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins" is brilliant.
leda
You will get smarter just by reading it, and will never again see the world in the same old way.
Ross Hostetter

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Terry Patten on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book is like eating a well-prepared and nutritious meal, one that packs a psychoactive punch. This is also the best book to read if you want to start penetrating the opacity of an atheistic scientistic friend or relative.

Evolution's Purpose is many things, including a carefully reasoned dismantling of atheistic materialism. It's really less a repudiation of old myths than a meticulous inferential exploration of what we can learn from a close examination of the very structure of cosmic, biological and cultural evolution. McIntosh notices the patterns hidden in our evolutionary history, working in a modest, parsimonious manner (avoiding immodest assumptions, always disciplining himself as per Occam's razor) and his reasoning reveals instead of a dead materialistic universe, a cosmos that has spontaneously always gently aspired, one that has been attracted to manifest not only ever-increasing complexity and consciousness as Teilhard said, but which has burst forth a series of unaccountable emergences--the big bang's something-from-nothing that gave us space-time and matter-energy, and then the birth of DNA and life, and then the emergence of mind and culture and cultural evolution.

It's no wonder that McIntosh was trained at a top law school (University of Virginia) because he excels in using rigorous logic to build, step-by-step, an argument that makes a minimum of assumptions but which proceeds to directly challenge the underlying materialistic bias of our current scientific-philosophical establishment.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeff D Salzman on October 23, 2012
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Steve McIntosh makes a powerful and exciting argument for the progressive nature of evolution in matter, life, culture and personal development. He demonstrates how these fundamental dimensions of life are called forward into more complex and intelligent forms by the gravitational pull of Goodness, Truth and Beauty. Ultimately Evolution's Purpose reveals a radical spiritual teaching, and it succeeds not by relying on established religious lineages but by pointing out the profound creative forces that are demonstrably at work in our world and in our lives.

I especially appreciate Steve for his ability to transmit his insight in words. It's heartening to hear the story of creation and evolution told in such a fresh and gifted voice. I love Evolution's Purpose because I feel changed by reading it. I finished it feeling more alive, happy and awake to the presence of the loving intelligence that is animating the cosmos and my own being.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Morgenthaler on October 22, 2012
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One "ah ha" moment usually makes a book worth the price of admission. Evolution's Purpose is one "ah ha" moment after another - a string of truths that will have you nodding your head in recognition, if not agreement, from start to finish.

Evolution's Purpose is a courageous return to meaning and a call to humble but vigorous intentionality. From evolution as the seminal dynamic in all of life ("the monumental truth transcending the boundaries of science") to the "minimal metaphysics" of beauty, truth, and goodness, and finally, to the crucial responsibility humans have in co-creating a sustainable and gracious future, McIntosh has created a feast of realization, prepared with effortless clarity and grace.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kurt koch on October 23, 2012
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This book does what quite a few others have tried and failed to do. That is to give a clear view of the direction of evolution without sounding fanatical or mystical. There is quite a bit of evidence and referencing in the book to bring to light the clear direction of evolution and to bring the topic out of just a biological framework and into a cultural context. I would highly reccomend the book because of its insightful views.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ross Hostetter on November 2, 2012
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There are perhaps one or two opportunities in every lifetime to participate in something new coming into being. A reading of Evolution's Purpose by Steve McIntosh is just such an opportunity. This book is a precise and well-built foundation for much of what is to come-- a careful argument from an emerging public intellectual that evolution cannot be fully understood as merely a bio-mechanical accident, but rather must be seen as a process driven by `matter that chooses'--namely by our own consciousness and the use of our free will. The opportunity presented is to claim our role as creators of evolution itself-- as custodians of the most powerful creative force in the universe.
This is an inspiring book of philosophy. You will get smarter just by reading it, and will never again see the world in the same old way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erik K. Dutilly on October 22, 2012
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Yet another phenomenal book by Mr. McIntosh. I have been waiting for a sequel to his "Integral Consciousness" for some time now. And my waiting has been well rewarded.

Steve takes us on a journey that pierces one of the most profound issues troubling modern society: If a rational person struggles to believe in the literal truth of the Bible as a story of genesis, then where can he or she look? Fittingly enough, Steve McIntosh says, the pendulum has swung to science. Steve unearths the depth and innate purpose of evolution from a philosophical perspective while keeping in mind the wisdom that spirituality offers. What Steve discovers is that the Scientific Story of Origin is full of powerful insights that perhaps even the scientist themselves do not fully grasp (an observation that also neatly fits within Integral Theory). As if an act of incredible glory, an empty universe brought forth life. Once the evolution of the biological world had taken a mature form in human beings, a new type of evolution began to acceleration: cultural evolution. Steve forwards the view that, through a dialectical give and take between conflicting worldviews, humanity is evolving forward in leaps of greater and more robust expressions of Truth, Beauty and Goodness. With this ambitious new book, Steve McIntosh will take you to places that you'd never think evolution belonged. And you'll discover, as I did, that Integral Philosophy can explain so much about human behavior. You'll also discover a rather persuasive argument that dissects the purpose of evolution. I recommend this book to anyone who wonders why we're here.

Steve, if you're listening, I'm looking forward to whatever is next.
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More About the Author

Steve McIntosh J.D. is a leader in the integral philosophy movement and author of Evolution's Purpose--An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins (SelectBooks 2012), and Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution--How the Integral Worldview Is Transforming Politics, Culture, and Spirituality (Paragon House 2007).

He currently works as a Founding Partner of the new social policy foundation: The Institute for Cultural Evolution. In addition to this think tank, and his work in philosophy, McIntosh has had a variety of other successful careers, including founding the consumer products company Now & Zen, practicing law with one of America's biggest firms, working as an executive with Celestial Seasonings Tea Company, and Olympic-class bicycle racing. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Southern California Business School, and now lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons.

He can be reached at: steve@stevemcintosh.com