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Evolution's Purpose "Presents the author's view of the scientific story of our evolutionary origins to show how evolution's progressive generation of emergent value reveals a larger purpose within the process. He demonstrates how this purpose can be felt within each of us as the evolutionary impulse to make things better--to grow toward ever-widening realizations of beauty, truth, and goodness"--Provided by publisher Full description


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A carefully reasoned dismantling of atheistic materialism 10 novembre 2012
Par Terry Patten - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Reading this book is like eating a well-prepared and nutritious meal, one that packs a psychoactive punch. This is also the best book to read if you want to start penetrating the opacity of an atheistic scientistic friend or relative.

Evolution's Purpose is many things, including a carefully reasoned dismantling of atheistic materialism. It's really less a repudiation of old myths than a meticulous inferential exploration of what we can learn from a close examination of the very structure of cosmic, biological and cultural evolution. McIntosh notices the patterns hidden in our evolutionary history, working in a modest, parsimonious manner (avoiding immodest assumptions, always disciplining himself as per Occam's razor) and his reasoning reveals instead of a dead materialistic universe, a cosmos that has spontaneously always gently aspired, one that has been attracted to manifest not only ever-increasing complexity and consciousness as Teilhard said, but which has burst forth a series of unaccountable emergences--the big bang's something-from-nothing that gave us space-time and matter-energy, and then the birth of DNA and life, and then the emergence of mind and culture and cultural evolution.

It's no wonder that McIntosh was trained at a top law school (University of Virginia) because he excels in using rigorous logic to build, step-by-step, an argument that makes a minimum of assumptions but which proceeds to directly challenge the underlying materialistic bias of our current scientific-philosophical establishment. He looks where scientistic fundamentalists can see only dead matter churning with mechanical physical, chemical, biological and electromagnetic processes, and points to evidence they overlook, from which he carefully proves the case that there are forces at work that cannot be explained except by noticing the physics of the internal universe, and the values-gravity that draws evolution upward, toward greater Truth, Beauty and Goodness.

Reading it will awaken anyone more fully and powerfully into a clearer, more inclusive worldview. It does the hard work of philosophy. I recommend really reading it. It's a pleasure. And you'll emerge with a more powerfully grounded evolutionary worldview, intuiting an authentic trans-rational spirituality. McIntosh is making important contributions. He's not only helping build the new integral evolutionary philosophical worldview, he's building strong bridges to it, in the language of modernist rationalism. This one is broad and sturdy and as it gains the audience it deserves, I expect it will help uplift the level of the age-old debate between science and spirituality.
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I felt changed by reading this book 23 octobre 2012
Par Jeff D Salzman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Steve McIntosh makes a powerful and exciting argument for the progressive nature of evolution in matter, life, culture and personal development. He demonstrates how these fundamental dimensions of life are called forward into more complex and intelligent forms by the gravitational pull of Goodness, Truth and Beauty. Ultimately Evolution's Purpose reveals a radical spiritual teaching, and it succeeds not by relying on established religious lineages but by pointing out the profound creative forces that are demonstrably at work in our world and in our lives.

I especially appreciate Steve for his ability to transmit his insight in words. It's heartening to hear the story of creation and evolution told in such a fresh and gifted voice. I love Evolution's Purpose because I feel changed by reading it. I finished it feeling more alive, happy and awake to the presence of the loving intelligence that is animating the cosmos and my own being.
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feast of realization 22 octobre 2012
Par S. Morgenthaler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
One "ah ha" moment usually makes a book worth the price of admission. Evolution's Purpose is one "ah ha" moment after another - a string of truths that will have you nodding your head in recognition, if not agreement, from start to finish.

Evolution's Purpose is a courageous return to meaning and a call to humble but vigorous intentionality. From evolution as the seminal dynamic in all of life ("the monumental truth transcending the boundaries of science") to the "minimal metaphysics" of beauty, truth, and goodness, and finally, to the crucial responsibility humans have in co-creating a sustainable and gracious future, McIntosh has created a feast of realization, prepared with effortless clarity and grace.
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A firm footing for Evolutionary progression 23 octobre 2012
Par kurt koch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book does what quite a few others have tried and failed to do. That is to give a clear view of the direction of evolution without sounding fanatical or mystical. There is quite a bit of evidence and referencing in the book to bring to light the clear direction of evolution and to bring the topic out of just a biological framework and into a cultural context. I would highly reccomend the book because of its insightful views.
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Finding Meaning in Science 23 octobre 2012
Par Erik K. Dutilly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Yet another phenomenal book by Mr. McIntosh. I have been waiting for a sequel to his "Integral Consciousness" for some time now. And my waiting has been well rewarded.

Steve takes us on a journey that pierces one of the most profound issues troubling modern society: If a rational person struggles to believe in the literal truth of the Bible as a story of genesis, then where can he or she look? Fittingly enough, Steve McIntosh says, the pendulum has swung to science. Steve unearths the depth and innate purpose of evolution from a philosophical perspective while keeping in mind the wisdom that spirituality offers. What Steve discovers is that the Scientific Story of Origin is full of powerful insights that perhaps even the scientist themselves do not fully grasp (an observation that also neatly fits within Integral Theory). As if an act of incredible glory, an empty universe brought forth life. Once the evolution of the biological world had taken a mature form in human beings, a new type of evolution began to acceleration: cultural evolution. Steve forwards the view that, through a dialectical give and take between conflicting worldviews, humanity is evolving forward in leaps of greater and more robust expressions of Truth, Beauty and Goodness. With this ambitious new book, Steve McIntosh will take you to places that you'd never think evolution belonged. And you'll discover, as I did, that Integral Philosophy can explain so much about human behavior. You'll also discover a rather persuasive argument that dissects the purpose of evolution. I recommend this book to anyone who wonders why we're here.

Steve, if you're listening, I'm looking forward to whatever is next.
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