What Next? Planetary Mind and the Future
Recent Live Event
with Brian Swimme
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What is the Universe up to Now? We live in a universe that is continually constructing itself, first as primordial energy, then as atoms, then as galaxies and stars, then as trillions upon trillions of planets, then as life forms, at least on Earth. For all we know, this sequence is taking place throughout the universe.
The discovery that we live in such an evolving universe is the greatest modern science has to offer. Far more significant than either quantum physics or Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Before this discovery we imagined the universe had a fixed structure. But it’s far more dynamic than that. We have moved from thinking we live in a cosmos to knowing we live in a cosmogenesis. In what Thomas Berry called, a “time-developmental universe.”
If we do live in a cosmogenesis, the only question worth asking is: “What’s next?”
In other words, “What is the universe up to now? What new structures, what new realities are pressing to come into existence, now?”
Brian Swimme says:
“No one can know with certainty what the future will bring for the simple reason that the complexity of the causal structures of our planet are beyond our imagination’s reach. But we do have intuitions about the future, and these are what I wish to explore with you. My own and yours. The person who provides me with inspiration is Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the French paleontologist and mystic. He founds his thinking on a very obvious observation.
“Planet Earth began as molten rock, then brought forth an atmosphere, then a hydrosphere, then a biosphere, and now a noosphere. ‘Noosphere’ was Teilhard’s term for what some 21st century thinkers are calling a ‘planetary mind.’
This webinar will begin with my own reflections on the nature of planetary mind, as well as reflections on some pathways for awakening it. It will then turn to dialogue with you and your own intuitions about what is coming forth as planet Earth’s next era of vibrant life.”
Recent Live Lecture and Q&A with Brian Swimme
What you will get:
- A highly engaged conversation about the noosphere, cosmogenesis, and planetary mind.
- A chance to connect with Brian Swimme, a pre-eminent thinker who has inspired countless people around the globe.
- A chance to ask questions, share, and hear the thoughts of others around the world.
Who is this for?
- Everyone who is interested in creating a flourishing future!
- Teachers will see the huge importance of how we understand and relate to the universe and Earth.
- Students will be inspired by these fundamental ideas and see themselves and their place inside a universe that’s transforming.
- Montessori teachers, in particular will be interested in connecting the work of Maria Montessori with Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme.
Bio: Brian Thomas Swimme is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1978 for work in gravitational dynamics. He brings the context of story to our understanding of the 13.7 billion year trajectory of cosmogenesis. Such a story, he feels, will assist in the emergence of a flourishing Earth community.
Swimme is the author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos and The Universe is a Green Dragon. He is co-author of The Universe Story, which is the result of a 10 year collaboration with cultural historian, Thomas Berry. Swimme is also the creator of three educational video series: Canticle to the Cosmos (1990), The Earth’s Imagination (1998), and The Powers of the Universe (2004).
He lectures widely and has presented at conferences sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The World Bank, UNESCO, The United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, and the American Museum of Natural History. Most recently he hosted and co-wrote, with Mary Evelyn Tucker, the 60 minute film Journey of the Universe, broadcast on PBS television stations nationwide. Journey of the Universe won the Northern California regional Emmy for Best Documentary, 2011. The Journey of the Universe book, ebook and ed series are published by and available from Yale University Press.