I. The Genesis Vision: A Creative Organic Universe
In Historic Prescience, earlier 20th century attempts are noted that glimpsed the broad outlines of a biologically developmental universe. A large section, Current Vistas, follows to express and document the latest integral articulations of this discovery and revolution as it gains scientific verification and humanist import.
Although a mechanical philosophy of the universe arose in the 17th and 18th centuries due to a necessary physical and spatial exploration, an intuitive organic sensibility remained in the popular imagination. After Charles Darwin published its evolutionary expansion in the mid 19th century, this Romantic view took on the appearance of a temporal gestation. A progressive rise of life, mind, and spirit distinguished the idealist persuasion. But in the 20th century, as John Boodin notes, an expiring cosmos indifferent to human beings has taken over. This pessimism holds today, as John Updike observes in Current Vistas, and lies at the deep root of our secular calamity. These selections glimpse the outlines of a genesis universe from past times. Three lifeworks stand out - the Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), Russian geochemist Vladimir Vernadsky (1863-1945), and the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947). A significant publication for each is cited as an entry point. The image is from the cover of the Teilhard in the 21st Century book to suggest an innately convergent cosmos that grows in numinous intelligence and community.
As evolution was said to be “in the air” in the 1850’s, today an epochal revolution in our conception of what kind of universe a valiant people and special planet find themselves in seems much underway in a new conducive spacescape. The old gloom of a mechanical, particulate, entropic cosmos, with life but a random tangent, is in waning disarray. These disparate overview sources, backed by the 5,000 entry website, express a quite different, self-developing, life-friendly, unfinished genesis just awakening to our phenomenal recognition and discovery. We coin Cosmome for a title, in accord with the outline, to represent its natural, parents to children, genetic code. The image is a work by Charles Jencks and friends as one luminous example of such a procreative uniVerse.