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Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind

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Review Quotes: Rolston has found a creative way for integrating three of the most enduring, complex, and intriguing problems in the sciences today. A former Gifford Lecturer, he can look over the shoulders of scientists and the work they are doing and spot what is metaphysically interesting. This book is...

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Rolston has found a creative way for integrating three of the most enduring, complex, and intriguing problems in the sciences today. A former Gifford Lecturer, he can look over the shoulders of scientists and the work they are doing and spot what is metaphysically interesting. This book is a wonderful addition to the current science and religion dialogue.--J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary, editor, "Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature"

Commendation Quotes:
"Rolston relates disparate perspectives on the nature of the universe that most scholars are content to leave unrelated. He infuses his book with scientific sources and a rich summation of what the specialists say about the history of the universe." -- Donald W. Shriver Jr., Union Theological Seminary

Commendation Quotes:
"Holmes Rolston III is University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Colorado State University and recipient of the Templeton Prize in Religion. His books include "Genes, Genesis, and God"; "Science and Religion: A Critical Survey"; "Philosophy Gone Wild"; and "Environmental Ethics.""

Commendation Quotes:
"Holmes Rolston III wants to relate disparate perspectives on the nature of the universe that most scholars are content to leave unrelated. His book is infused with scientific sources and is a rich summation of what the specialists in physics, biology, and cybernetics are saying about the history of the universe." -- Donald W. Shriver Jr., Union Theological Seminary, New York

Commendation Quotes:
"The universe, life, mind -- are they plausible? Apparently yes, because we are here. But are we inevitable? Or are we a massive singularity? Holmes Rolston, "the father of environmental ethics," is not shy about asking unanswerable questions nor about giving a vast sweep of relevant data for reflection. This is an extraordinarily impressive and hugely stimulating book. The whole idea of writing about the three big bangs is in itself awesome." -- Owen Gingerich, author of "God's Universe" and Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, Harvard University

Commendation Quotes:
" "Three Big Bangs" is a scientifically informed meditation on three major historical developments of complexity that led to the existence of human beings in an evolving universe, examining the degree to which these developments were inevitable or simply the result of chance. Holmes Rolston III brings to the task a profound knowledge of biological development, and a deep wisdom about human nature." -- George Ellis, University of Cape Town

Commendation Quotes:
"Holmes Rolston III knows the art of seeing the big issues in the miniatures. While constantly attending to the details and detecting the differences of opinion among leading scientists, "Three Big Bangs" weaves together the best available knowledge we have about the trajectories that lead from matter-energy onwards to life and mind. The key idea is that the universe is ripe with information, and information is what is both reaped and released in the rarity of life and the uniqueness of humanity. This book is not only a scientifically updated guide for the perplexed. It is masterly written, and involves the reader in an open inquiry about the meaning in science as well as beyond science." -- Niels Henrik Gregersen, Copenhagen University

Commendation Quotes:
"Rolston has found a creative way for integrating three of the most enduring, complex, and intriguing problems in the sciences today. A former Gifford Lecturer, he can look over the shoulders of scientists and the work they are doing and spot what is metaphysically interesting. This book is a wonderful addition to the current science and religion dialogue." -- J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary, editor, "Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature"

Commendation Quotes:
"Holmes Rolston III is one of the leading figures in the field of science and religion. With this work he continues the high quality of scholarship and writing elegance that he has displayed in previous works on science, theology, philosophy, and ecology. In my opinion, "Three Big Bangs" will prove to be an important contribution not only to the field of science and religion but also to the wider world of intellectual culture. Rolston asks about the ultimate origin and explanation of the universe and then of the emergence of life and mind, and he does not disguise his conviction that something of a deeply spiritual nature is going on throughout cosmic history. He also demonstrates that there can be no real contradiction between scientific and theological understandings of our still unfolding cosmos. This readable work gives evidence not only of the writer's breadth of learning in the various sciences ranging from cosmology and biology to neuroscience, but also of his expertise in the philosophy of science and theology, qualities that very few scientific thinkers can claim to possess. I recommend Rolston's book enthusiastically." -- John F. Haught, Georgetown University, and author of "Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life"

Commendation Quotes:
" "Three Big Bangs " is a scientifically-informed meditation on three major historical developments of complexity that led to the existence of human beings in an evolving universe, examining the degree to which these developments were inevitable or simply the result of chance. Holmes Rolston brings to the task a profound knowledge of biological development, and a deep wisdom about human nature. I particularly enjoyed his exposition of the uniqueness of human beings within the animal kingdom. " -- George Ellis, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Emeritus, University of Cape Town

Commendation Quotes:
"Holmes Rolston, III knows the art of seeing the big issues in miniatures. While constantly attending to the details, and detecting the differences of opinion among leading scientists, The Three Big Bangs weaves together the best available knowledge we have about the trajectories that lead from matter-energy onwards to life and mind. The key idea is that the universe is ripe with information, and information is what is both reaped and released in the rarity of life and the uniqueness of humanity. This book is not only a scientifically updated guide for the perplexed. It is masterly written, and involves the reader in an open inquiry about the meaning in science as beyond science." -- Niels Henrik Gregersen, Copenhagen University

Commendation Quotes:
"Three Big Bangs is a scientifically-informed meditation on three major historical developments of complexity that led to the existence of human beings in an evolving universe, examining the degree to which these developments were inevitable or simply the result of chance. Holmes Rolston brings to the task a profound knowledge of biological development, and a deep wisdom about human nature. I particularly enjoyed his exposition of the uniqueness of human beings within the animal kingdom. " -- George Ellis, University of Capetown

Commendation Quotes:
"Holmes Rolston III, long-time dominant voice in the interdisciplinary field of science and religion, has found a creative way for integrating three of the most enduring, complex, and intriguing problems in the sciences today. Rolston, a former Gifford Lecturer, can look over the shoulders of scientists and the work they are doing and spot what is metaphysically interesting He has carefully balanced academic information with accessibility. This book a wonderful addition to the current science and religion dialogue." -- J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary

Commendation Quotes:
"Three Big Bangs is a scientifically informed meditation on three major historical developments of complexity that led to the existence of human beings in an evolving universe, examining the degree to which these developments were inevitable or simply the result of chance. Holmes Rolston III brings to the task a profound knowledge of biological development, and a deep wisdom about human nature." -- George Ellis, University of Cape Town

Commendation Quotes:
"An important contribution not only to the field of science and religion but also to the wider world of intellectual culture. This readable work gives evidence not only of Rolston's breadth of learning in the various sciences, ranging from cosmology and biology to neuroscience, but also of his expertise in the philosophy of science and theology, qualities very few scientific thinkers can claim to possess." -- John F. Haught, Georgetown University, author of "Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life"

Commendation Quotes:
" "Three Big Bangs" takes us on the grand tour, from cosmic origins to the significance of the human spirit. Through it all, Rolston is a reliable guide, revealing both the marvel and the mystery behind our biological and cosmic history and taking on both the critics of religion and the critics of science. Rolston's encyclopedic knowledge and poetic deftness continues to amaze me." -- Greg Peterson, South Dakota State University

Commendation Quotes:
"Rolston, 'the father of environmental ethics, ' is not shy about asking unanswerable questions nor about giving a vast sweep of relevant data for reflection. An extraordinarily impressive and hugely stimulating book. The whole notion of writing about the three big bangs is in itself awesome." -- Owen Gingerich, Harvard University, author of "God's Universe"

Commendation Quotes:
"Three Big Bangs" takes us on the grand tour, from cosmic origins to the significance of the human spirit. Through it all, Rolston is a reliable guide, revealing both the marvel and the mystery behind our biological and cosmic history and taking on both the critics of religion and the critics of science. Rolston's encyclopedic knowledge and poetic deftness continues to amaze me.

Review Quotes:
Rolston, 'the father of environmental ethics, ' is not shy about asking unanswerable questions nor about giving a vast sweep of relevant data for reflection. An extraordinarily impressive and hugely stimulating book. The whole notion of writing about the three big bangs is in itself awesome.--Owen Gingerich, Harvard University, author of "God's Universe"

Review Quotes:
"Three Big Bangs" is a scientifically informed meditation on three major historical developments of complexity that led to the existence of human beings in an evolving universe, examining the degree to which these developments were inevitable or simply the result of chance. Holmes Rolston III brings to the task a profound knowledge of biological development, and a deep wisdom about human nature.--George Ellis, University of Cape Town

Commendation Quotes:
Rolston relates disparate perspectives on the nature of the universe that most scholars are content to leave unrelated. He infuses his book with scientific sources and a rich summation of what the specialists say about the history of the universe.

Review Quotes:
An important contribution not only to the field of science and religion but also to the wider world of intellectual culture. This readable work gives evidence not only of Rolston's breadth of learning in the various sciences, ranging from cosmology and biology to neuroscience, but also of his expertise in the philosophy of science and theology, qualities very few scientific thinkers can claim to possess.--John F. Haught, Georgetown University, author of "Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life"

Review Quotes:
Holmes Rolston III knows the art of seeing the big issues in the miniatures. While constantly attending to the details and detecting the differences of opinion among leading scientists, "Three Big Bangs" weaves together the best available knowledge we have about the trajectories that lead from matter-energy onwards to life and mind. The key idea is that the universe is ripe with information, and information is what is both reaped and released in the rarity of life and the uniqueness of humanity. This book is not only a scientifically updated guide for the perplexed. It is masterly written, and involves the reader in an open inquiry about the meaning in science as well as beyond science.--Niels Henrik Gregersen, Copenhagen University

Biographical Note:
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 "Environmental Ethics."

Marc Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.; 8; Rational explanations of the universe leave the spiritually curious cold, and religion-based theories tend to devalue the findings of science. By dividing the creation of matter, energy, life, and mind into three big bangs, Holmes Rolston III strikes a middle path between these two camps.

Table of Contents:
List of Illustrations -- Preface -- 1. The Primordial Big Bang: Matter-Energy -- Explosive Startup and Ongoing Expansion -- A Singular Universe: Unfolding Order -- Logical Explosion: A Theory of Everything? -- A Biogenic/Anthropic Universe -- Cosmic Results: Predictable and Surprising -- 2. Life: Earth's Big Bang -- Proactive Genetic Information and Order -- Explosions: Combinatorial and Evolutionary -- Biodiversity and Biocomplexity -- Expanding Neuro-sentience: Felt Experience -- Escalating Co-option: Serendipity -- Evolutionary Headings: Surprising or Inevitable? -- 3. Mind: The Human Big Bang -- Theory of Mind: The Human Singularity -- Hyperimmense Brain: Neural Explosion -- Ideational Uniqueness: Cultural Explosion -- Symbolic Explosion: Human Language -- Mind: Predictable or Surprising? -- Spirited Persons: The Ultimate Marvel -- Presence with Presence -- References -- Index.
Rational explanations of the universe leave the spiritually curious cold, and religion-based theories tend to devalue the findings of science. By dividing the creation of matter, energy, life, and mind into three big bangs, Holmes Rolston III strikes a middle path between these two camps.

Review Citations:
Choice 05/01/2011 (EAN 9780231156394, Hardcover)
Contributor Bio: Rolston, Holmes, III
HOLMES ROLSTON III is professor of philosophy at Colorado State University.

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