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Race and the Cosmos: An Invitation to View the World Differently

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In Race and the Cosmos, Barbara Holmes boldly suggests that theoretical physics and cosmology have the power to break through our stalled and difficult discussions about race. At the intersection of ethics, cosmology and physics, a new view of human life is emerging - a view not neatly divided along lines of race, ethnicity, class or sexual orientation. Human life at cosmi ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by T & T Clark International
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Ali M.
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-food, soul-food
As erudite and carefully argued as you'd expect from Barbara Holmes; I could hear her voice while reading (she's a captivating speaker). Each of the cultural/social connections she makes in this book—exploring theories like dark matter, dark energy, omnicentricity, etc—deserves a book unto itself. But in this one, Holmes is primarily concerned with arguing that science has import in non-scientific discourses, that we need a cosmological perspective (e.g. an understanding that the universe thrive ...more
Elizabeth Andrew
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I'm immensely grateful to Barbara Holmes for the work she does here and in JOY UNSPEAKABLE. She's building a new paradigm for equity work on contemplative roots by using what we now know about quantum physics and the vastness of the universe. It's brilliant, and exceedingly helpful. This is not an easy read (I wish Holmes would shed her academic voice to speak more plainly), but it's worth the effort.

"What does race mean when darkness becomes a metaphor of power and cosmic predominance? Who's in
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Riley
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“To awaken means we are subject to trauma, but also to healing. If that were not enough, it also means that we must maintain some level of sentient consciousness or, in the vernacular, “stay woke”. We need to know who we are. We also need to know whether our choices in relationships are random and funeral or tethered to a force that exceeds our conceptual limitations.”
It is the connections of our every day language as shared above, along with scientific and spiritual concepts, that connects mult
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Kalimorgan
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The writing is more academic than I'm used to so it took me a little while to get into/through it, but I'm so glad I did. Lots of ideas in it to love. Made me feel better about the future and comforted in the present.
Richard Pütz
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
if you are looking for spiritual insights into how we are all one in the universe and to better understand the meaning of panENtheism this is a must read
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You can find her in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoLye... and http://www.openhorizons.org/barbara-h...
In reviewing this powerful book I let the author speak for herself. On page172 she says:
It is nothing short of a miracle to be situated in a cosmos that keeps its secrets but reveals just enough to keep us intrigued. Each day that dawns is a celebration of the fact that we have been invited to consider how our lives are spent; how we embrace and recoil fr
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