Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World

We have the crucial new knowledge! Earth was not created a few thousand years ago, but neither is it an average planet of an average star in a universe where no place is special, as many scientifically educated people assume. Earth is incredibly special, more so than anyone imagined before recent discoveries of hundreds of other planets orbiting nearby stars. In fact, everything visible to all our scientific instruments -- the stars, planets, dust, nebulae, and all the galaxies -- is less than 1 percent of what's actually out there. Most of the matter in the universe is invisible, non-atomic "dark matter," and most of the density is not matter at all but "dark energy," which powers the expansion of the universe

The dance between dark matter and dark energy dominates the universe; the complex atoms that incarnate us and our entire planet are rare jewels created inside stars and blown out in supernovas to join a forming solar system. We humans all share an identical line of ancestry back past the first cell into supernovas across the galaxy and back to the Big Bang. These and other fundamental discoveries may make it possible to figure out how the universe operates on all size and time scales -- including our own. The Big Bang Big Bang Image by ToniVC via Flickr

Long before science, every tribe shared a "cosmology," that is, a big picture. If we construct a shared cosmology today, based on our best scientific understanding combined with a deep appreciation that in human brains, the sense of reality is created by metaphor, it could transform our minds and thus our world.
Tikkun Magazine - A Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World

Tikkun comes from the Hebrew phrase, tikkun olam (healing the world).  Generally speaking, Tikkun Magazine focuses on contemporary culture, politics and history.  I think the au is also trying to construct a framework to understand the changes in contemporary world by looking at how we fit into the greater universe.  Constructing a shared cosmology would also begin a framework for peace studies.

I would like to extend this thought a step further and think about understanding our inner cosmology through the advances in neuroscience as part of a new framework for peace studies.  There is a lot of work done in Eastern studies about the interdependence of the five senses and consciousness and cosmology:  how we relate to the world, how we understand the world and what is the world we seek to understand.

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