After centuries of trying to uncover the fundamental laws of the universe, science is still no closer to answering some of humanitys biggest questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God and the evolution of the human mind and societies. Is that because science is not sufficiently advanced to tackle such problems" Or is it because the traditional approach to science is incapable of answering humanitys deepest wonders"
It is the latter, according to University of Calgary physicist, biologist and philosopher Stuart Kauffman, who argues in his forthcoming book that natures infinite creativity should become the basis for a new worldview and a global spiritual awakening.
We are at the point where we are realizing that there are some things we are never going to fully understand because there are no natural laws that can fully explain the evolution of a species, the biosphere or the human economy, says Kauffman, a pioneer of complexity theory and founder of the U of Cs Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics. This means that reason alone is an insufficient guide for living our lives. I believe we can reinvent what we hold sacred as a view of God that is not a supernatural Creator, but the ceaseless and unforeseeable creativity of the universe that surrounds us.
Kauffmans newest book Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion (Basic Books, New York) will be released in Canada on May 19. Radical, brilliant, and comprehensive, are words being used by colleagues and reviewers to describe the book, which Kauffman hopes will provide a middle-ground between the destructive tendencies of religious fundamentalism and the anti-spiritual attitudes presented recently in popular books such as Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins The God Delusion and journalist Christopher Hitchens God Is Not Great.
Words like God and sacred are scary to many of us who live in modern, secular society because they have been u
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