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Intelligent Design or Darwinian Evolution’s Survival of the Fittest?... How About Neither?
James Gardner, author of the highly acclaimed book Biocosm, places the story of our origin and destiny in a cosmic context.
What is humankind’s place in the universe? That fundamental question underlies both scientific inquiry and millennia of religious thought. The traditional answer of science is that life and human intelligence are of no cosmic consequence but merely the random outcome of the interplay of natural forces. Mainstream religions answer the same question in many different ways but most share the view that the mind of the Creator of the universe is ultimately inaccessible to mortal minds.
James Gardner, complexity theorist and author of the highly acclaimed book Biocosm, challenges both viewpoints and suggests that the emergence of life and mind is a cosmic imperative encoded in the basic laws of nature and, further, that highly evolved intelligence will eventually play the key role in reproducing the cosmos.
He speaks about the mysterious and miraculous nature of our universe—including our place in it at various venues.
Gardner’s Selfish Biocosm hypothesis, which his book is based on, implies that the immense saga of biological evolution on Earth is one tiny chapter in an ageless tale of the struggle of the creative force of life—and ultimately of the heroic power of mind—against the decaying acid of entropy and lifeless matter. He believes that we and other living creatures throughout the cosmos are part of a vast, still undiscovered transterrestrial community of lives and intelligences spread across billions of galaxies who are collectively engaged in a mission of truly cosmic importance. Under the Biocosm vision, Gardner proposes, we all share a common fate to help shape the future of the universe and transform it from a collection of lifeless atoms into a vast, ranscendent mind. “It is through the quality and character of our contribution to the progress of life and intelligence in this epic struggle,” Gardner declares, “that we shape not only our own lives and those of our immediate progeny but the lives and minds of every generation of living creatures down to the end of time. In doing so, we thereby help to shape the ultimate fate of the cosmos itself.”
Gardner's Biocosm hypothesis has won praise from some of the most notable scientists in the world. And as a science writer and speaker, he has the unique ability to communicate his complex ideas with elegant simplicity and depth.
In his presentations, he demystifies some of the latest breakthroughs in cosmology and complexity theory in support of his Biocosm hypothesis. Gardner will take you to the advancing edge of complexity theory, wondering things about this vast cosmos in which we live that you never imagined before.
For more information on James Gardner and his Biocosm theory visit biocosm.org.
James Gardner is a former Oregon State Senator and graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School. He is a widely published complexity theorist and science essayist whose peer-reviewed articles and scientific papers have appeared in prestigious scientific journals, including Complexity (the journal of the Santa Fe Institute), Acta Astronautica (the journal of the International Academy of Astronautics), and the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. He has also written popular articles for WIRED, Nature Biotechnology, The Wall Street Journal, and World Link (the magazine of the World Economic Forum).
EnlightenNext, is one organization tht Mr. Gardner is speaking to. It is a nonprofit educational organization founded by Andrew Cohen and is dedicated to furthering the evolution of human consciousness and culture. EnlightenNext produces a variety of programs and products, including an international speakers series called Voices from the Edge wie.org/voices, an accredited Master's Degree in Conscious Evolution, and online studies, seminars, and retreats worldwide. EnlightenNext's publishing arm produces educational websites, books, audios, and videos related to the teachings of Evolutionary Enlightenment andrewcohen.org, as well as the award-winning What Is Enlightenment? magazine wie.org. Its newest venture is a multimedia website wie.org/unbound featuring audios and videos from today’s leading thinkers in business, politics, environmental issues, science, spirituality, and contemporary culture. EnlightenNext is based in Lenox, MA.
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