Cosmos & Gaia: Education & Emergence of a New Human

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Philip Snow Gang, PhD

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Cosmogenesis and the Emergence of a New Human

Philip Snow Gang, PhD

Academic Dean of The Institute for Educational Studies (TIES) M. Ed. Programs at Endicott College in Integrative Learning and Montessori Integrative Learning, is a pioneer in the field of integrative, systemic and transformative approaches to education. http://www.ties-edu.org; http://www.earthties.org Levels: All   In 1929 when astronomer Edwin Hubble analysed data from a 100 inch telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory he realised/discovered that the Universe was much larger than the Milky Way and, in fact, consisted of great numbers of galaxies-–all moving away from a common center. Thus, the notion of a time developmental context for the evolution of the universe moved from thought to reality. We now know that complexification and diversification flared forth in the beginning, some 13.8 billion years ago. It was not only a tangible reality that came forth, but also an intrinsic dance between material (things) and form (patterns of relationship). This dance of content and process permeates our human awareness in the way we live our lives and create learning opportunities for others. Gang’s presentation explores the natural cycles that are now observable in the development of: Universe, Earth and human evolution, including planes of development within an individual lifetime.  We will explore the following questions:

  •  What can we learn about ourselves through an understanding of the natural cycles that ripple through the universe?
  •  What are the characteristics/attributes that education might embrace to plant seeds for the rise of eco-sapiens?
  •  What is the nature of transformation?

You will take away . . . an understanding of right action with love follows from engaging these concepts and processes. Why Phil thinks Deep Time Education is important: Macrophase wisdom is catalysed by an embodied sense of knowing who we are and where we came from. Understanding Deep Time as macro-contextural awareness, might endow humans with an evolving spiritual connection to an eco-cosmological perspective – one where there is no disconnect between self and other. Bio: Philip Snow Gang, Ph.D., Academic Dean of The Institute for Educational Studies (TIES) M. Ed. Programs at Endicott College in Integrative Learning and Montessori Integrative Learning, is a pioneer in the field of integrative, systemic and transformative approaches to education. He is the author of Rethinking Education, co-author of Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom, appears in DeCarlo’s anthology, Towards a New World View: Conversations at the Leading Edge and is creator of the ecological mobile map material, Our Planet, Our Home. His recent article, Cosmos, Gaia and Eros: Integrative Learning, Creativity and the Primal Paradox, was published in the May 2015 issue of About Place Journal. In 1990 he helped organize the Global Alliance for Transforming Education (GATE) – an alliance of educational leaders from around the world. In response to what he learned as its Executive Director, Gang developed the TIES’ graduate education programs. The TIES graduate program, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, has served over 400 students in more than 40 countries. His life-long cosmic calling/great work is a driven by the question: What form of education might liberate children and adults from long-held assumptions and prejudices so that they become creators of Ecosapiens — one whose integral relationship with the human and non-human world is bound in a systemic web of relationship?

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