Rational explanations of the universe leave the spiritually curious cold, and religion-based theories tend to devalue the findings of science. By dividing the creation of matter, energy, life, and mind into three big bangs, Holmes Rolston III strikes a middle path between these two camps. He divines a history of the universe that respects both scientific discovery and the potential presence of an underlying intelligence.In Rolston's first bang, matter-energy appears, initially in simpler forms but with a remarkable capacity for generating heavier elements. The size and expansion
Contents; Illustrations; Preface; Chapter 1. The Primordial Big Bang; Explosive Startup and Ongoing Expansion; A Singular Universe: Unfolding Order; Logical Explosion: A Theory of Everything?; A Biogenic/Anthropic Universe; Cosmic Results: Predictable and Surprising; Chapter 2. Life: Earth's Big Bang; Proactive Genetic Information and Order; Explosions: Combinatorial and Evolutionary; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Expanding Neuro-sentience: Felt Experience; Escalating Co-option: Serendipity; Evolutionary Headings: Surprising or Inevitable?; Chapter 3. Mind: The Human Big Bang Theory of Mind: The Human SingularityHyperimmense Brain: Neural Explosion; Ideational Uniqueness: Cultural Explosion; Symbolic Explosion: Human Language; Mind: Predictable or Surprising?; Spirited Persons: The Ultimate Marvel; Presence with Presence; References; Index
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