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Duane Elgin

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Thanks for the inquiry into common ground! I’m open to the possibility that exploring the aliveness of the cosmos is a non-sequitur — that the conclusion of aliveness does not follow from the attributes of our universe. Although plausible, I find this puzzling because scientific research increasingly describes the universe as: 1) a unified whole, 2) sustained by the flow through of tremendous amounts of energy, 3) with a knowing capacity or consciousness that fits the form and function of systems at each scale, 4) having the capacity for freedom of choice at the quantum foundations, and 5) in theory, able to reproduce itself. While not “proving” aliveness, because these are attributes of living systems, they seem to imply or point toward the universe as a living system.