Biocentric Health of the Universe

“What is the role of your presence in this particular time and space?” I asked that question exactly two years ago today in a piece I curated on Biocentrism.  It’s a theory that lends a unified view of the foundations of science by turning reality outside-in.  In other words, it assumes the primacy of consciousness by asserting that life creates the universe, rather than the other way around.

I can’t say the perspective is entirely “shocking” for me.  Partially because I’m stimulated by ideas that conjoin the camps of Science and Religion. I see them both as allies in ensuring the survival of our species.  What’s cool about Biocentrism is that we can assume consciousness plays role in shaping our universe.  Why is that cool?  Well, in case you haven’t noticed, you’re a highly conscious mind with a brain unlike any other.  I’d like to think you could make an impact.

You should know the key proponent of Biocentrism is Robert Lanza, a stem cell researcher, who has been so bold to turn the table on physics by suggesting that life doesn’t emerge from matter.  Rather than keeping biology and physics separate, his model combines them and places we, the observers, firmly in the equation.

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Biocentric Health of the Universe

Cultivating Society’s Civic Intelligence

Governments, companies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are figuring out how to engage citizens in “civic problem solving”.  The aim is to derive beneficial strategies, tactics and paradigms that might ameliorate the threats facing the planet and future generations. According to Doug Schuler of the Public Sphere Project, this involves “civic intelligence”, which is a means of bettering society as a whole through interaction, learning, and maintaining knowledge about the world and our place within it.

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Cultivating Society’s Civic Intelligence