Brian-Swimme

The Universe Is a Story with Brian Swimme, Ph.D.

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Program Description

Science, humanity and the natural world have all suffered from a myopic fragmentation of scientific knowledge, according to cosmologist Brian Swimme-but some voices in physics today are beginning to echo the wonder and mystery of ancient mystical intuitions, and to present a more unified view of the nature and history of the world. “The universe is a story. It’s not a place, it’s an event,” says Swimme. A new “story of the universe” may come to serve the modern world as primitive myths served in their time, embracing modern scientific knowledge as well as ancient spiritual concepts.

Brian Swimme, Ph.D. is a mathematical cosmologist on the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Swimme was featured in the television series Soul of the Universe (The BBC, 1991) and The Sacred Balance produced by David Suzuki (CBC and PBS, 2003). He is the producer of a twelve-part DVD series, Canticle to the Cosmos, which has been distributed worldwide. Other DVD programs featuring Swimme’s ideas include The Earth’s Imagination and The Powers of the Universe. His books include The Universe is a Green Dragon (Bear and Company, 1984), The Universe Story (HarperSanFrancisco, 1992) written with Thomas Berry, and The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos (Orbis, 1996). To learn more about the work of Brian Swimme go to www.brianswimme.org

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • How have we lost the whole by looking only at the parts
  • How the split between science and religion came about
  • What is the importance of economics within the Earth’s own on-going story
  • How Einstein discovered that imagination was more than facts
  • How we are entering the Ecozoic era

Program Number: 2218                      Host: Michael Toms                       Interview Date: 10/25/1990

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