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The Universe Story : From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era--A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos Paperback – March 11, 1994
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"A fascinating exploration of the earth's history."--"Library Journal""Amazing...ariticualte[s] nothing less than a coherent new story of the evolution of life on our planet...executed with verve, imagination, and deep concern for restoring ecological balance to our endangered planet."--Riane Eisler, author of "The Chalice and the Blade""["The Universe Story"] could be the antidote to fragmented commitments and nihilism--the narrative from which future generations can live appropriately to our real natural-historical situation."--Dr. John Cobb, Professor Emeritus, School of Theology at Claremont""The Universe Story "begins the long overdue process of teaching modern humans who we are, where we came from, and about the beautifully complex cosmoecological dance that sustains us."--David Perry, Professor, Ecosystems Studies, Oregon State University
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Brian Swimme, Ph.D., is a mathematical cosmologist and author of The Universe Is a Green Dragon. He is director of the Center of the Story of the Universe at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
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It's an inspirational blend of object and subject, secular and sacred, science and poetry. It celebrates the universe as an awesome, self-organizing, autopoetic process which undergoes distinct and irreversible phases of transformation.
It's also a call for humanity to come together, to recognize the unity of all things, and to celebrate the universe as a magnificent, cosmogenetic process, a work of art in which we act simultaneously as witness and participant.
I haven't read anything quite like The Universe Story. Its praise of the universe as an evolving, creative force engenders feelings of reverence, humility, gratitude, harmony, awe, and peace. If we could all learn to contemplate this cosmic perspective more often, the planet would be a much healthier place.
The second part of the book, about the development and evolution of human life was more comprehensible to me. I'm mostly interested in the spiritual development of humankind, how we came to have religions and how we today have gotten lost in the fluff and dogma of today's religions. I wanted to find our roots, how it all came to be so trite and superficial and filled with false notions and ultra pious beliefs and practices that lead to wars and insurrections. The "human" part of the book helped me to appreciate that aspect of our impoverished lives while we keep destroying our home. The book helped me to appreciate the interconnectedness of everything on the earth and in the universe and how we continue to trample upon it all while we pursue breathlessly our desire for either wealth or power or both. We are so very myopic, so apparently brilliant and yet at the same time so small and closed in upon ourselves. Talk about biting the hand that feeds us -- that we do gloriously with our home, our earth. Climate change? Whether or not we are responsible? Look at what the movers and shakers of this world hold sacred and dear and we will all know who is responsible.
The book is definitely worth reading even though a reader may get discouraged in the first portion of the tome in which the universe is getting starting and being built. My mind just couldn't seem to get around the vastness and mystery of it all. But then that's what it is all about after all, isn't it.