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The Reflexive Universe : Evolution of Consciousness
Integrating the findings of modern science with ancient wisdom, this seminal work offers a paradigm for resolving the schism between spirit and matter. Arthur Young's Theory of Process provides a model for the evolution of consciousness out of light (the quantum of action), offering hope for an age in search of value and meaning. This is a facsimile of the original 1976 De ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published August 1st 1976 by Anodos Foundation
(first published January 1st 1976)
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This book weaves a nubbly tapestry of creation (of the physical and biological kingdoms) that features the freedom of photons, the dynasties of atoms and molecules, the phyla of life and the dynamism of consciousness, purpose and myth. First published in 1976, the ideas are timeless and remain fresh. The Reflexive Universe is my favorite example of a science fantasy, where the author (a mathematician and helicopter designer) employs scientific concepts to explore his intuitions, in this case lig ...more
This is a very unique work that recognizes that all things in the universe can be divided into different levels or degrees of order. The general public recognizes that all things in the universe can be divided between animal, vegetable or mineral, but this book goes a step further in recognizing a pattern where there are seven degrees of order. This closely corresponds to the seven days of creation in Genesis but the author does not dwell on that subject, which is unfortunate, as this book had t ...more
Crazy dense but for me did a nice job of rigorously (lots of advanced math!) describing a theory of process describing the interaction of the creative with the laws of matter and science. Why does this matter? For me as a person of faith, specifically a Christian, a scientific framework of evolution and cosmology is provided through which the unmistakable presence of the Holy Spirit can be seen in and driving each stage of descent, ascent and finally permanence. For me this married nicely with C ...more
Thought-provoking. I'm still digesting to what degree I buy all of the theory, but it has certainly given me a new lens and I laud Arthur's original thinking. A very enjoyable, interdisciplinary, and insightful read.
I was quite excited to read this book, but the further I got into it, the harder it became for me to follow. There are just too many errors in the science. The book was written in the late 70's so, at first, I excused the inaccuracies as outdated science. However, when he made the claim that DNA likely emits radio waves, I gave up (Close to that was the claim that he could reconcile quantum theory and relativity quite easily). There is a certain core belief I share with this author - that consci ...more