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The Universe Is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story Paperback – June 1, 1984
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The shark also provides a useful test of the assertion that the shark got to its present state of maturity by continuing to question, develop, hope, live in awe and in the depths of wonder. We are to believe the shark developed a greater awareness by the process of "self-reflexion" and that explains its perfect fit in the universe. I believe the opposite is true: the shark is a "matured" species precisely because it was (and is) incapable of any of the activities Swimme claims as prerequisites for maturation.
One paragraph in Swimme's book reads:
"Can Earth sustain our violence? Can a great beauty grow from the ruins we leave? Concerning this question, it is important to understand the temporal nature of the Earth's creativity. The Earth at one time was able to create life, but that time has gone. The first life forms consumed the very conditions that enabled life to emerge. The fertility of the Earth is different now. If the higher life forms disappear, they cannot be re-created. When life forms vanish, they vanish forever."
Several thoughts come to mind. In the geologic past at the Cretaceous-Tertiary transition, current evidence suggests an immense event took place. Just about all life forms vanished. We can safely assume that one of those life forms qualified as the "highest". It very likely vanished too.Read more ›
This particular book is also painful to read, due to its patronizing tone and the way science is mixed with the subjective speculations and opinions of the author. There is a lack of respect for logic or fact in this book, which is surprising considering its topic and the author's credentials. Swimme is misusing the hard-won authority of science, which has performed its seeming miracles by a rigorous attention to observable facts. He owes it to his trusting readers (note the many 5-star reviews at this site) to distinguish clearly between the facts and his interpretations. There is a lack of intellectual humility here, which ironically mirrors his complaint of inappropriate human grandiosity in relation to nature.
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This book is wonderful. I love the chapters explaining love and attraction. I read it all the way through in about two days.Published 19 days ago by lynaeve
This book is my new bible it is full of TRUTH. took two readings to get my mind out of the way to understand what the inspired author was saying. What about that!Published 2 months ago by Michael C Crear
This book is a classic of modern spirituality based cosmology. I own a copy of the original, but bought this copy to use as a loaner to friends. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paige Ellen
Really interesting book. His description of the cosmos and the miracle of everything was awesome. Brought to light the laws that govern everything; many parts of the book are... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brandon Decker
I first read this about 15 years ago. It offers fresh insights today.Published 15 months ago by Edward Herson
Very engaging and accessible early effort by Swimme. Read his other work... it gets better.Published 18 months ago by James Anest