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If you are at all interested in these topics, just go for it. Swimme presents a refreshing, exhilarating and scientifically sound philosophy in developing a knowledge-based spirituality that demands to a wider audience. A mathematical cosmologist, he knows his science, yet he remains utterly enthusiastic when it comes to interpreting the findings of science for the human race and this planet. He insists that we reorient our cosmology, philosophy and spirituality with the allurement of science.
Now I'm not very good at summarizing his viewpoint, and I was admittedly hesitant to give this audiobook a try because I did not want some pseudo-spiritual New Age garbage. This is anything but. Brian Swimme is in awe of the findings of science, just as he is in awe of the role that we play in the unfolding of the universe. His awe is inspiring in itself, and he is very well spoken. This works in the audiobook because it's his voice with his intonations and passions throughout instead of a third party reader.
This is real philosophy, people. I maintain that you cannot be a true philosopher in our day and age without scientific expertise. How could you? The claim that science has toward truth is far too great to be dismissed, ignored or simplistically incorporated into any philosophical worldview. Philosophy once meant the search for truth. This is what Swimme has clearly given his life to. He's presenting his answers in the human quest for truth that beautifully incorporate scientific, spiritual and planetary aspects. But the science is where it really shines, in particular in regard to the physical creation and expansion of the universe.
As for the audiobook itself, it's actually a series of lectures that Swimme gave, about 45 minutes each. I was not thrilled when I heard this, but Swimme presents frequently enough that his vocabulary is book-impressive and his presentation style is very compelling. Occasionally audience members laugh, but this adds more than detracts from the audiobook experience. Apparently you can purchase the video somewhere as a lecture series, but I didn't feel like I missed out an anything except for maybe one or two images. As a stand alone audiobook, it's simply outstanding.
What a breath of fresh air.
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Brian Swimme lives, breathes, scientifically comprehends and whole heartedly communicates the most profoundly inclusive vision of Life that I've ever come across. I'm unboundedly and eternally grateful to have found this book.
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