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Beyond the Big Bang: Ancient Myth and the Science of Continuous Creation

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Recent developments in theoretical physics, including systems theory and chaos theory, are challenging long-held mechanistic views of the universe. In Beyond the Big Bang, Paul LaViolette explores the astonishing parallels between the cutting edge of scientific thought and creation myths from the dawn of civilization.

Many thinkers have speculated that the remnants of an ancient science survive today in the form of mythology and esoteric lore. In their symbols and structure, ...

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Overview

Recent developments in theoretical physics, including systems theory and chaos theory, are challenging long-held mechanistic views of the universe. In Beyond the Big Bang, Paul LaViolette explores the astonishing parallels between the cutting edge of scientific thought and creation myths from the dawn of civilization.

Many thinkers have speculated that the remnants of an ancient science survive today in the form of mythology and esoteric lore. In their symbols and structure, such myths are believed to portray a set of simple laws describing the processes of physical and spiritual change. Yet until now the scientific basis of those laws has remained cloaked in mystery.

Paul LaViolette, bringing to the study of myth a scientific sophistication rare among mythologists, deciphers ancient lore and reconstructs its forgotten cosmology in a groundbreaking scientific tour de force. Blending modern systems theory with the ancient notion of an underlying medium, or ether, LaViolette explains in direct, nontechnical language how ancient myths and esoteric lore encode a theory of continuous creation, one in which matter is coninually growing from seeds of order that emerge spontaneously from the surounding subquantum chaos.

This cosmology stands in stark contrast to the big bang theory, whose reliance on a mechanistic model of an expanding universe has increasingly come to be seen by many scientists as a fatal flaw. LaViolete exposes the contradictions that bedevil the big bang theory, while showing how the ancient science of continuous creation corresponds with recent astronomical data in a way that supersedes the explanations of general relativity.

Beyond the Big Bang is engagingly written and spiced with more than 140 thought-provoking diagrams and illustrations. It demonstrates how ancient mythology describes a coherent science that encompasses and exceeds our present-day understanding. By restoring and reanimating this ancient scientific worldview, Beyond the Big Bang leads us beyond the restrictive metaphors of modern science into a new science for the next century.

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Brenda Grazis
LaViolette presents a remarkably imaginative creation physics paradigm, wherein metaphysical processes occurring in a transmuting ether are fundamental, replacing the focus of modern physics on inert structures. Presumably, prehistoric Egyptian science embodied this paradigm, and LaViolette describes their creation myths as metaphors for a sophisticated physics of the origin and dynamics of the universe. This scientific lore was supposedly encoded in 22 frescoes of a secret labyrinth below the Great Sphinx, and as this sanctuary remains undiscovered, LaViolette uses a treatise of obscure origin to reproduce the frescoes to illustrate their detailed similarity to the 22 major tarot arcana and to the 12 astrological signs. He further describes how the Platonic account of the creation of Atlantis is an allegory of the creation of matter.
Journal of Scientific Exploration
In this climate of doubt and waning confidence, LaViolette's very highly speculative book should be regarded as a suitable reading for scientists whose minds are open to the new.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892814572
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.45 (d)

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