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Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea

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"Carter Phipps brilliantly expands our understanding of evolution by showing us that a new science is emerging--one that will holistically integrate our understanding of consciousness, cosmology, and evolution."--Deepak Chopra Blending cutting-edge ideas with incisive spiritual insights, Evolutionaries is the first popular presentation of an emerging school of thought called "evolutionary...

"Carter Phipps brilliantly expands our understanding of evolution by showing us that a new science is emerging--one that will holistically integrate our understanding of consciousness, cosmology, and evolution."--Deepak Chopra
Blending cutting-edge ideas with incisive spiritual insights, Evolutionaries is the first popular presentation of an emerging school of thought called "evolutionary spirituality." Carter Phipps, the former executive editor of EnlightenNext magazine, asserts that evolution is not only a scientific but also a spiritual idea in a book whose message has the power to bring new meaning and purpose to life as we know it. Readers will be fascinated and enlightened by Evolutionaries, a book which Deepak Chopra, the world-renowned author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes, Jesus, and Buddha, says "is going to help create a worldview that will influence our vision of the future direction of evolution and also our role in consciously participating in it."
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/2012):
Debut author Phipps offers a challenging reexamination of the connection between the "evolutionary dynamics of the universe and the very being of the divine." As the executive editor of the magazine EnlightenNext, the author has kept abreast of leading trends in modern science, theology and philosophy, and he denies that there is an inherent contradiction between science and religion. Phipps has coined the word "evolutionaries" to describe a group of scientists, futurists, sociologists, psychologists, philosophers and theologians who share an "evolutionary vision and a care for our collective future." He cites writings of the Jesuit anthropologist priest Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) as exemplary of those who seek inspiration from the past but are not bound by a fixed system of beliefs. Phipps is also sharply critical of environmentalists who deny the unique position of man as the highest expression of creation. He suggests that the chaos bred by rapidly changing environments creates the potential for evolution, whether of species or in the realm of culture, and he compares the "rough and tumble world of globalization in the twenty-first century [to] the dynamics at play in Earth's prebiotic soup billions of years ago." Both are chaotic environments that foster evolutionary transformation by bringing natural selection into play. At the same time, Phipps believes that evolution is not a random process; rather, it embodies directionality and purpose. "Might we in some way represent the feedback loop for the universe itself," he asks, "fulfilling the next stage in our development...[and] creating the next novel stage of cosmogenesis?" Phipps interviews a number of physicists, futurologists working in artificial intelligence, and cognitive psychologists seeking an explanation for consciousness. Thoughtful and provocative. COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Publishers Weekly (06/18/2012):
Evolution is universal in this masterful survey by Phipps of the diverse ideas that make up the emerging field of Integral thought. By presenting "culture, consciousness, and the cosmos" as dynamic and interrelated areas of expansion, mind and matter alike are viewed as part of "a vast process of becoming." The aim is to incorporate science and faith by broadening the definition and scope of what evolution is understood to be. While concepts like transhumanism, complexity science, spiral dynamics, and the noosphere will be new to many readers, Phipps, EnlightenNext editor, explains them thoroughly and makes a strong case for their legitimacy. In the process, the lives of several theorists from 20th century sages such as Teilhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo to contemporary intellectuals like Ken Wilber and Andrew Cohen are examined. These "evolutionaries" are shown to possess a worldview that is optimistic yet realistic, both rational and spiritual. The author, too, appears to share this mindset. His writing projects a palpable sense of positivity and excitement for what is to come. Agent: Natasha Kern. (July) Copyright 2012 Reed Business Information.

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"Brilliantly expands our understanding of evolution. "Evolutionaries" is going to help create a worldview that will influence our understanding of the future direction of evolution and also our role in consciously participating in it."--DEEPAK CHOPRA

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"We live in one of those rare historical moments when the deepest metaphysical questions are being turned over and examined as we search for a new orientation for the next millennium. It would be hard to find a better guide into this fascinating conversation than Carter Phipps's "Evolutionaries"."--BRIAN SWIMME, Ph.D, Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe and Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies

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"No one has their head and heart around the full range of evolutionary worldviews like Carter Phipps."--Reverend MICHAEL DOWD, author of "Thank God for Evolution"

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"A profound and profoundly important new work. With clarity and deep understanding, Carter Phipps walks us through the great evolutionary pioneers and their ideas in this extraordinary philosophy, making the book absolutely indispensable for lay and professional alike. The very highest recommendation!"--KEN WILBER, author of "A Brief History of Everything" and "The Integral Vision"

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"This beautifully written book is not only a splendid survey of evolutionary thought and its spiritual implications. It is also a significant contribution to the increasingly important conversation between the natural sciences and our spiritual traditions. Enthusiastically recommended."--JOHN F. HAUGHT, Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's Woodstock Theological Center and Former Chair and Professor of the Department of Theology at Georgetown University

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"Essential reading for anyone who cares about humanity's future and our role in creating a better one. "Evolutionaries", is a brilliant, accessibly written, and eye-opening book"--BARBARA MARX HUBBARD

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"Phipps offers a challenging reexamination of the connection between the 'evolutionary dynamics of the universe and the very being of the divine.' ... Thoughtful and provocative."--Kirkus Reviews

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"A masterful survey. ... Incorporates science and faith by broadening the definition and scope of what evolution is understood to be. ... Phipps's writing projects a palpable sense of positivity and excitement for what is to come."--Publishers Weekly

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"A rare book, equally delightful and deep, Phipps explores how our growing knowledge about the evolutionary process catalyzes nothing less than a revolutionary understanding of our selves."--ELIZABETH DEBOLD, Author of "Mother Daughter Revolution: From Good Girls to Great Women"

Brief Description:
"When it comes to evolution, we've all heard about fossils and fruit flies, Darwin and Dawkins. But the idea of evolution is far more profound-and far-reaching. Today, a movement of visionary scientists, philosophers, and spiritual thinkers is forging a new understanding of evolution that honors science, reframes culture, and radically updates spirituality. Carter Phipps calls them Evolutionaries."--P. [4] of cover.

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""Evolutionaries" is a tour-de-force where science, poetic prose, philosophical thinking, and authentic spiritual depth come together to deliver a powerful message of hope, optimism, and inspiration."--ANDREW COHEN, Author of "Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening"
When it comes to evolution, we've all heard about fossils and fruit flies, Darwin and Dawkins. But the idea of evolution is far more profound--and far-reaching. Today, a movement of visionary scientists, philosophers, and spiritual thinkers is forging a new understanding of evolution that honors science, reframes culture, and radically updates spirituality. Carter Phipps calls them Evolutionaries. His groundbreaking book provides the first popular guide to these exciting minds who are illuminating the secrets of our past and expanding the vistas of our future.

Review Citations:
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2012 (EAN 9780061916137, Paperback)
Publishers Weekly 06/18/2012 pg. 57 (EAN 9780061916137, Paperback)
Contributor Bio: Phipps, Carter
Carter Phipps is a writer and speaker and the former executive editor of Enlighten-Next magazine. He lives in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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