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The Universe Is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story Paperback – June 1, 1984
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"Seldom, if ever, within the scientific tradition, has the excitement of the universe been expressed in such memorable phrasing." (Thomas Berry, Creation magazine)
About the Author
Brian Swimme, Ph.D., a specialist in mathematical cosmology, was educated at Santa Clara University and the University of Oregon. At the present time, he is the director of the Center for the Story of the Universe, a research affiliate of the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco.
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Brian Swimme is extremely well educated. He earned a doctorate in gravitational dynamics at the University of Oregon. He is currently the Director for the Center of the Story of the Universe, which is an affiliate of the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he also teaches. He has been mentored by Thomas Berry and his subsequent books, some co-authored with Berry, focus on the unfolding of this universe since the moment of the Big Bang.
This volume is both an early attempt at telling the "Universe Story", as well as a very inspirational book for those who read it. He posits a consciousness to the development of the universe, indicating to those who feel their life has no meaning or purpose, that of all the possibilities within the bounds of creation, the universe chose to conceive you, the one and only you who will ever exist. How can a person doubt that his/her life has meaning in the face of that point of view?
The book is set up as a dialogue between a wisdom figure, conveniently named "Thomas" and a questioner who is designated as "Youth." The youth questions almost everything possible about the cosmos and Thomas offers his answers. What is very special about this text and the words of Thomas is the celebratory nature of Thomas' answers. What is extremely creative, especially coming from a man trained in the hard physics of gravitational dynamics, is the notion that it is love that holds the universe together. Love is attraction and the moon continues to orbit the earth, yes, due to the laws of gravity, but as envisioned by Swimme, by love, by attraction. This notion expands the meaning of eros in the Cosmos to, well, universal proportions.
This book is a must read for those interested in the Cosmos, the story of Creation, quantum physics, and even, as I have found personally, to clinical psychologists and shamans.
This book is written as if a student and master were walking along with the master teaching and discussing universal truths with the student. While reading, I seemed to naturally visualize that the two were walking along a sandy shore of some tranquil ocean while the wondrous concepts, given in the book, were painted on the late afternoon sky. Obviously, to me at least, the teacher is Thomas Berry and the student is Brian Swimme, the author of this book. These gentlemen are two luminaries of the teachings of The Great Story, which is what this book is all about.
Swimme does a marvelous job at telling this Great Story to the reader, revealing that we are all really nearly 14 billion years old and are the emergent universe becoming conscious of itself. Using science told in a heartfelt way, Swimme takes us through history, from the big bang to now to try and fathom how it all has evolved. This is a must read for anyone trying to understand this. It is full of profound truths that bring us closer to ultimate reality.
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