(soft cover edition) The Universe is big, cold, violent, and doomed. What could be reassuring about this?! Welcome on a voyage through a universe of personal relevance, potential, and purpose. Your voyage will cross the blank space on the map between science and spirit. Can these words even appear at peace together? Surely our intellect and our heart must remain locked in combat for our loyalty; surely intelligence precludes faith and education exorcises belief. Entering the temple, church, or mosque you have to check your brain at the door;
(soft cover edition) The Universe is big, cold, violent, and doomed. What could be reassuring about this?! Welcome on a voyage through a universe of personal relevance, potential, and purpose. Your voyage will cross the blank space on the map between science and spirit. Can these words even appear at peace together? Surely our intellect and our heart must remain locked in combat for our loyalty; surely intelligence precludes faith and education exorcises belief. Entering the temple, church, or mosque you have to check your brain at the door; entering the laboratory or university you have to check your soul at the door. Invoking quantum mechanics, the holographic universe, relativity, string theory, M theory, multiple dimensions, alternative universes, dark matter, dark energy, and virtual particles, Part I of The Reassuring Universe unveils the surprising spiritual potential and personal relevance of modern science. Does modern science make room for spirit and soul, even God and eternal life? Part II examines repeating patterns in evolution of the universe, life, and humanity. Is humanity, and are we as individuals, still subject to these evolving patterns? Do our most personal joys and grief reflect the role of our life within those universal patterns? Can we even find hints of the meaning of life and purpose of life in the weaving together of the universal patterns of science and the deepest experiences of heart? Part III reveals a seamless Oneness and nonduality in the structure of the universe as described by science. That science-based nonduality is then rendered deeply and personally relevant for your daily life. Your tour of The Reassuring Universe unfolds in full color through photographs of the cosmos and images of the human condition. The Reassuring Universe invokes quotes from a broad spectrum of traditions, with Brian Greene (author of The Elegant Universe) and the Bhagavad-Gita sharing space with Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian sources.
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Meet the Author
Some degrees in physics, some time in research laboratories and thatched hut villages, some teaching in universities and management in international technology: all sound like credentials to lend credibility to the role of author. But such experiences provide only tools and terminology and opportunity, not wisdom and insight. You and I share the same foundation for whatever wisdom and insight we may glean out of life, the joys and grief, the celebrations and hunger that make up daily living. I hope through this book my knowledge of physics and funerals, science and spirit, quanta and cultures, can help you bridge the illusory gap between intellect and heart. If so, that will happen not through transfer of wisdom, but through an opening of windows to allow realization of your own wisdom. Questioning "what" and "how" led me to universities and degrees in physics. Questioning "why" led me to cathedral and temple and mosque. I have been blessed to learn from a winner of the Einstein Award and from village shamans. But such learning seems inconsequential in comparison to life's lessons: the grim look on the face when after the wreck you ask "will she be OK?"...the feel of the hospital sheets after the stroke...and every warm embrace and authentic smile and sincere welcome.
I am grateful to professors and priests, research centers and jungle shrines.
But they provide only the paint color to be applied to the structure built of the scope of real life, built of pets and people, love and loneliness, homes and hospitals.
I pray my degrees and travel, survival and losses that led to this book can bring a little light to your very real life and reveal to you the brightness of your heart's wisdom and the Source awaiting our discovery.