INVOLUTION-An Odyssey Reconciling Science and God
(Nominated for, and joint runner-up of the Scientific and Medical Network’s Book of the Year 2013)
So give it straight. What’s the book about?
So here we go. An overview.
Involution presents a very simple hypothesis—that evolution has been the result of the ‘in-‘forming’ by memory of and in the very structure of cells and nervous systems, leading to the progress of the natural world and its convergence to a single species, Man. In man, at different levels(chemistry, DNA and latterly, the brain) lies the memory of the whole adventure.
Science is the recovery of this memory through the intuitions of genius and moments of inspiration. From unthinking unity (in early man), through fractured understanding (in intellectual inquiry) science returns back to the original unity at the start of creation. The severing of scientific intellect from spiritual integration has been the result. The fruit of the tree has afforded mastery, but at the price of a bleak alienation. We have separated ourselves from Eden, our true nature, at-one-ment with all, and the web that links each to all.
If you think about it, the perfection of the natural world has one major aberration. Mankind. Not kind. This book offers an explanation of how and perhaps why.
The travel is a swift ride through the recovery of memory. Along this rosary of time the beads of maverick genius are threaded (sometimes joined by music, and a gallery of paintings quietly edging in). Telling these beads, you will find some hard science, but with a different taste, softer on hope, gentle with belief. For science is merely one language, and genius speaks them all.
Think for a moment. To present the evidence of the penetration of memory from the start of human recorded history requires every scientific discipline, and every culture and epoch of thought. Pretty unwieldy to master: worse to argue. By clothing this alternative in poetic language, of appropriate simplicity, all can be alluded to, nothing over-important, except as an impetus for new thinking. It is the science behind science it illuminates, the next world to explore.
What made you the person to write it?
Perhaps because although scientifically trained I had no ‘field’ nor specialism through which to view (or distort) the whole of Creation. Ignorantly impartial but scientifically literate. Upon which new and un-looked for experiences shook me from established ‘certainties’, but needed integration, for there was no doubt of their validity, truth or importance.
As a life-long solitary (circumstantially) I understood the experience of other solitaries exploring the scientific world view; as a narrative poet I was comfortable with the challenge of necessary economy. As an eclectic reader of almost anything expressing ideas, and a musician of sorts, and a student of art, I had accumulated the carpet bag of languages necessary to the research for this work.
Underpinning the whole book is the belief that individuals bring their own unique skills to the requirements of the collective journey. No-one else could have written this book in this way. I realize that to write the chronology of science as poetry is unorthodox, (some would use another word) but language has always had to adapt to intended purposes, and poetry, more direct than prose was the language most suited to mystical science: a familiar world in a different light, so as always to keep in mind the wood above and beyond the trees.
Why should I read it?
Because it is fun, irreverent about sacred cows, both scientific and religious. It offers an easily digested scientific education across all the disciplines, and links all expression, artistic, musical, cultural as indicative of a single human adventure, of which you are undoubtedly part. An active part. It will get you into interesting arguments over dinner. But mostly so we can discuss it together, because having now delivered myself of it, I could use some company.
For now I’ll give you a menu:- Dip and Taste. (Please tell: What do you think? Verdict? Objections? Questions? Any and All welcome.)
Canto the First:The Map and Older Tracks (click on headings to read excerpts- they offer brief prose expositions for orientation. These do not appear in the book)
1. Embarkation: Reason and Soul start packing.
3. Darwin’s Glass Half Empty?
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