The Purposeful Universe: How Quantum Theory and Mayan Cosmology Explain the Origin and Evolution of Life

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Identifying the Mayan World Tree with the central axis of the cosmos, the author shows how evolution is not random

• Shows how the evolution of the universe emanates from the cosmic Tree of Life

• Explains the origin and evolution of biological life and consciousness and how this is directed

Using recent findings within cosmology, coupled with his broad understanding of the Mayan Calendar, biologist Carl Johan Calleman offers a revolutionary and fully developed ­alternative to ...

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Overview

Identifying the Mayan World Tree with the central axis of the cosmos, the author shows how evolution is not random

• Shows how the evolution of the universe emanates from the cosmic Tree of Life

• Explains the origin and evolution of biological life and consciousness and how this is directed

Using recent findings within cosmology, coupled with his broad understanding of the Mayan Calendar, biologist Carl Johan Calleman offers a revolutionary and fully developed ­alternative to Darwin’s theory of biological evolution—and the theory of randomness that holds sway over modern science. He shows how the recently discovered central axis of the universe correlates with the Tree of Life of the ancients. This provides an entirely new context for physics in general and especially for the origin and evolution of life and suggests that we look upon ourselves as parts of a hierarchy of systems that are all interrelated and evolve in a synchronized way.

Calleman’s research demonstrates that life did not just accidentally “pop up” on our planet, but that Earth was a place specifically tagged for this. He demonstrates how the Mayan Calendar describes different quantum states of the Tree of Life and presents a new explanation for the origin and evolution of consciousness. Calleman uses his scientific background in biology and cosmology to show that the idea of the Purposeful Universe is real. He explains not only how DNA but also entire organisms have emerged in the image of the Tree of Life, a theory that has wide-ranging consequences not only for medicine but also for the origin of sacred geometry and the human soul. With this new theory of biological evolution the divide between science and religion disappears.

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Editorial Reviews

Nexus New Times Magazine
"Inherent in Dr. Calleman's unified theory of physical and biological evolution is the notion that, contrary to the scientific norm, the universe does have purpose, direction, and meaning and is imbued with beauty and intelligence. . . . This is biology with soul."
Bente Brunvoll
"Together with Dr. Calleman's two previous books on the Mayan Calendar, this book is for me like the last piece of the puzzle. I think I have been waiting for this book since I was a child gazing at the stars, wondering."
Jean-Claude Perez
“Between the simplicity of religion and the absurdity of an empty randomness, Carl Johan Calleman here proposes to us a brilliant but plausible third way: The Tree of Life. Here we have finally a modern theory of the origin and evolution of life that unifies the most recent discoveries of science with ancient wisdom. Without ever imposing God on us, this great book brings agnostics like myself to face the evidence.”
March 2010 Bente Brunvoll
"Together with Dr. Calleman's two previous books on the Mayan Calendar, this book is for me like the last piece of the puzzle. I think I have been waiting for this book since I was a child gazing at the stars, wondering."
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"Inherent in Dr. Calleman's unified theory of physical and biological evolution is the notion that, contrary to the scientific norm, the universe does have purpose, direction, and meaning and is imbued with beauty and intelligence. . . . This is biology with soul."

"Together with Dr. Calleman's two previous books on the Mayan Calendar, this book is for me like the last piece of the puzzle. I think I have been waiting for this book since I was a child gazing at the stars, wondering."

“Between the simplicity of religion and the absurdity of an empty randomness, Carl Johan Calleman here proposes to us a brilliant but plausible third way: The Tree of Life. Here we have finally a modern theory of the origin and evolution of life that unifies the most recent discoveries of science with ancient wisdom. Without ever imposing God on us, this great book brings agnostics like myself to face the evidence.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591431046
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 808,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Johan Calleman holds a Ph.D. in physical biology from the University of Stockholm. He has been a senior researcher at the University of Washington and has served as a cancer expert for the World Health Organization. He is also a leading expert on the Mayan Calendar and is the author of The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness and The Mayan Calendar. He lives in Seattle.

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Chapter 9

A Biology with Soul

At the center of all creation is the Tree of Life, the fundamental space-time organizer and fine-tuner of this universe, a universe that is still continuously being created with the purpose of generating life in accordance with the rhythm of the Mayan Calendar. It can also clearly be affirmed that this journey in eight steps—from the universal level to the cellular—has been consistently fueled by empirical evidence and logical reasoning in line with the rational empiricism introduced by René Descartes some 400 years ago. Although the Tree of Life theory may be a controversial theory because of its metaphysical implications, the factual material upon which it is based is not controversial.

The Origins of Beauty in Sacred Geometry

On a macro scale it was shown already in chapter 4 that evolution adheres to the Mayan Calendar and we can now understand how the pulses that this describes on a micro scale are mediated to our cells by the cellular Tree of Life, the centriole. The centriole is an organelle in the cell close to the spindle apparatus that is important in cell division. It is made up of a cylinder with nine microtubules arranged peripherally in a circle. Although the finding that the centriole in its design directly reflects the Mayan Calendar may seem astonishing at first, this is only because our whole culture is imbued with the Darwinist idea that evolution is random and undirected and not precisely timed. If, however, evolution at large follows a time plan, it also makes sense that this plan is integrated in our bodies and in our cells.
It is important to point out that the centriole is not the Tree of Life as such, but rather a manifestation of it. The Tree of Life is primary to any of its possible material manifestations and is thus of a non-physical nature. It projects the True Cross beyond all the forms in which it has been worshipped by human beings. Yet the discovery that the centriole is a direct physical manifestation of the Tree of Life does allow us a good inroad to learning about its nature.
The Trees of Life on different levels were earlier demonstrated to be the fundamental space-time organizers of the universe. Thus, we have reasons to expect that also the centriole in its design reflects not only sacred time but also sacred space. The nature of Sacred Space may be brought to any level of complexity, though like the Mayan Calendar, which often is misconstrued to be about the precessional cycle known from European astrology and end on December 21, 2012, rather than to be about the Nine Underworlds and the Thirteen Heavens known from the Maya, Sacred Geometry is sometimes also trivialized. Yet we now have some direct knowledge from the cellular Tree of Life as to what are real expressions of sacred time and sacred space. The cosmos may speak directly to us through the way the cellular Tree of Life has been designed.
As we study the cellular Tree of Life in the form of the centriole, we will find that it expresses Sacred Space in ways that are equally astounding as the ways in which it expresses Sacred Time. Before studying this it may however be pertinent to repeat that in this new theory of biological evolution the human being has a very special place, as this is the organism that creation has been aiming for all along. What this means is that we should expect ourselves to a higher degree than any other species to reflect the Tree of Life in its capacity as an organizer of time and of space. We, unlike most other species, have a number of cell types that is often estimated at 260, which happens to be the number of days in the Sacred Calendar. As another example the average time of a human pregnancy is 266.2 days, which is closer to 260 than in most, or all, other species.
The centriole embodies two geometrical structures, the straight line and the circle, that are basic to the creation of the universe, which is a rare if not unique phenomenon in any biological structure. The combination of these two may by itself account for the creation of many, if not all, forms. The tubulin proteins on the microtubule surface are organized in a hexagonal pattern. This hexagonal pattern, present also in snowflakes, is the starting point for a branch of Sacred Geometry based on the so-called Flower of Life that was elaborated also by Leonardo da Vinci. What is noteworthy in this context is that there are tubulin structures known as the Seed of Life and the Fruit of Life present on the centriole. The Fruit of Life has been said to hold a blueprint for the universe. If we assume that Earth’s inner core, with its hexagonal iron crystals, plays a role in the halographic projections mediated to the cellular Tree of Life there may be some truth in this.
Through the centriole we may directly study the real Tree of Life on a cellular level and its expression in biology. Such studies may thus allow us to verify what previously might have seemed like abstract esoteric ideas. Thus, we now have tangible reasons to believe that certain geometric structures, if they are present in the geometric architecture of the centriole, may reflect principles and patterns that are of primary importance for the creation of ourselves and the universe, and the centriole as such may thus serve as a meaningful guide for the practice of Sacred Geometry.

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Table of Contents

Preface

1 The Universe Is Not Homogeneous—And It Never Was!

The Old Big Bang Theory and the Cosmological Principle
The Discovery of the “Axis of Evil”
The New Big Bang Theory and Hunab-Ku
The Physical Constants of the Universe
The Theory of Everything and the Organizational Hierarchy of Life

2 Time and the Calendars of the Maya

The Two Aspects of Time
The Maya and Their Relationship to Time
A Brief History of the Maya
The Pyramidal Structure of the Nine Underworlds
Thirteen Heavens
The Acceleration of Time
A Preliminary Test of the Tree of Life Hypothesis

3 Basic Questions Regarding Biological Evolution

The Historical Background to the Idea of Evolution
Darwin’s Theory of Biological Evolution
Random Mutations Are Rarely Benign
Biological Change Is Rarely Gradual
Quantum Jumps in Biological Evolution as Evidence of Intelligent Design
Biological Evolution Increases the Complexity of Organisms

4 The Tree of Life Hypothesis

The Cellular Underworld
The Wave Movement of Multicellular Speciation: The Mammalian Underworld
The Anthropoid and Human Underworlds
The Periodic System of Biological Evolution
Created in the Image of the Cosmos

5 The Constants of Nature Are Not Fine-tuned for Life by Accident

The Evolution of Metallicity in the Cellular Underworld
Galaxies and the Mystery of “Dark Matter”
A New Basic Constant of Nature Defining the Rhythms of Evolution
The Fine-tuning of the Forces of Physics to the Orbit of the Earth
An End to the Fuzziness of Quantum Physics

6 The Wider Context of Biological Evolution

The Quantum States of the Cosmic Tree of Life and the Evolution of the Universe
Entanglement
The Sexual Polarity of the Galaxy
The Continental Drift and the Lateralized Brain in a Galactic Context
Mass Extinctions
Common Descent?
Is Anybody Out There?

7 The Biochemical Basis of Biological Evolution

A New Definition of Life as a Basis for Understanding Its Origin
The Chemistry of Life
Corkscrewing Life into Existence
The Conscious Seeing by Halos and the Metabolism of Cells
The Panspermia of Cellular Wave Forms

8 A New Theory of Biological Evolution

From Unicellular to Multicellular Organisms
The Organismic Wave Form
The Cytoskeleton and the Development of Multicellular Organisms
The Centriole and Its Role in Evolution

9 A Biology with Soul

The Cellular Tree of Life
The Origins of Beauty in Sacred Geometry
Is God a Mathematician?
Toward a Unified Medicine
Toward a Reunification of Science and Spirit
The Return of the Soul

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

About the Author

Index

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Best Philosphical/Scientific Book of 2009

    Dr Calleman's new book is one of the best I have read in many years. It presents a solution to the greatest enigma of them all-- the Creation and the Origin of Life. Starting in the beginning with the latest data from the WMAP which suggests a Central Axis to our universe (dubbed Axis of Evil), Dr Calleman uses the fractal scaling of the Mayan calendar to trace the trajectory of the development of life and this he does with great success: The Mayan calendar does map successfully into the history of our universe in the most uncanny way. The Shamanic vision of the Mayans was able to take in the whole of reality and that vision lines up almost completely with the science of the early 21th century, the time of the Mayan End Date.

    Dr Calleman, who holds a doctorate in bio-physics, has all but delivered the death blow to some aspects of both the Modern Synthesis and the Standard Model. He has established Purpose and Design where cowed and intimidated scientists see only randomness. We are dealing here with no less than a new Summa to all scientific knowledge and the author is the second coming of Bergson and Theilhard de Chardin.

    Aside from a few typos and a few foreignisms (the author grew up in Sweden) the style is crisp, lucid, and fresh. The photographs are of poor quality but the line drawings are marvelous and enlightening.

    All in all "The Purposeful Universe" is a breakthrough book of astounding depth of knowledge and understanding. A copy should find its way into every high school biology classroom. This book is the best counter to certain remarks by Steven Weinberg about the Universe being "pointless" and certain writings of Dennett, Dawkins, and the rest of the propagandists for the promotion of life and consciousness as "epiphenomena".

    Calleman belongs to the old Chain of Being school as celebrated by Lovejoy and Arthur Koestler a few generations ago and whose principle proponent today is Ken Wilber. Calleman is the true successor to Bergson who saw Intuition as more important than the "geometric" side of the human intellect and "Purposeful Universe" is a highly Wilberian text. There are also similarities to Rupert Sheldrake. But Calleman is more impressive than either in the sense that he is more concrete-- more concrete in his knowledge of physics and biology and more focused because he is one of the world's foremost Mayan scholars. This is a formidable range of power for one man and I think this book will lead to a discontinuity in the history of the philosphy of science.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    A book about the growth of Consciousness and the Universe (both).

    A fascinating read, a little heavy on the theoretical science, no math at all (!) Calleman has some answers that are good for me as a non-scientist with an analytical and inquiring mind. Have to step outside of the box to understand his ideas. So there is much that is good about this book. I recommend it highly.

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