By dividing the creation of matter, energy, life, and mind into
three big bangs, Holmes Rolston III brings into focus a history of
the universe that respects both scientific discovery and the
potential presence of an underlying intelligence. Matter-energy
appears, initially in simpler forms but with a remarkable capacity
for generating heavier elements. The size and expansion rate of the
universe, the nature of electromagnetism, gravity, and nuclear
forces enable the the explosion of life on Earth. DNA discovers,
stores, and transfers information generating billions of species.
Cognitive capacities escalate, and with neural sentience this
results in human genius.
A massive singularity, the human mind gives birth to language
and culture, increasing the brain's complexity and promoting the
spread of ideas. Ideas generate ideals, which lead life to take on
spirit. The nature of matter-energy, genes, and their genesis
therefore encourages humans to wonder where they are, who they are,
and what they should do.
Subjects: General Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Religion
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