The host and co-creator of PBS’s Journey of the Universe, and an award-winning professor of evolutionary cosmology, Brian Thomas Swimme offers a fresh look at how the rich collision between science and spirituality has influenced contemporary consciousness
The discovery that the universe has been expanding from its fiery beginning fourteen billion years ago and has developed into stars, galaxies, life, and human consciousness is one of the most significant of human history. It is taught throughout the world and has become our common creation story for nearly every culture. In terms of the universe’s development, we humans are not only economic, religious, or political beings. We are instead all cosmological beings.
If cosmogenesis is one of the greatest discoveries of human history, it has to have a profound impact on humanity. And yet, most science books do not explore the effects cosmogenesis has on our minds. Cosmogenesis narrates the same cosmological events that we agree are fact, but it offers a feature unique to all other writings on this topic: It tells the story of the universe while simultaneously telling the story of the storyteller.
With Cosmogenesis, Swimme tells the story of how his mind was deconstructed by the impact of this new story and then reassembled, offering a glimpse into how cosmogenesis is transforming not only our understanding of life as we know it, but the history and evolution of human consciousness itself.