Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind by Holmes Rolston IIIThree Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind by Holmes Rolston III

Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind

byHolmes Rolston III

Hardcover | October 11, 2010

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By dividing the creation of matter, energy, life, and mind into three big bangs, Holmes Rolston III brings into focus a history of the universe that respects both scientific discovery and the potential presence of an underlying intelligence. Matter-energy appears, initially in simpler forms but with a remarkable capacity for generating heavier elements. The size and expansion rate of the universe, the nature of electromagnetism, gravity, and nuclear forces enable the the explosion of life on Earth. DNA discovers, stores, and transfers information generating billions of species. Cognitive capacities escalate, and with neural sentience this results in human genius.

A massive singularity, the human mind gives birth to language and culture, increasing the brain's complexity and promoting the spread of ideas. Ideas generate ideals, which lead life to take on spirit. The nature of matter-energy, genes, and their genesis therefore encourages humans to wonder where they are, who they are, and what they should do.

Holmes Rolston III is University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Colorado State University, a Gifford Lecturer, and recipient of the Templeton Prize in Religion. He has lectured on seven continents, and his books include Genes, Genesis, and God; Science and Religion: A Critical Survey; Philosophy Gone Wild; and Enviro...
Title:Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, MindFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pagesPublished:October 11, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231156391

ISBN - 13:9780231156394

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPreface1. The Primordial Big Bang: Matter-Energy2. Life: Earth's Big Bang3. Mind: The Human Big BangReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

This concise but remarkably comprehensive work likely will be the best general source for anyone seeking to understand the evolution of nature and human nature.