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Study Addendum: The Key Factors that Have Caused Evolution 2.0's Universe Evolutionary Worldview to Emerge Into Being

Empowered by Evolution 2.0's Universe Evolutionary Worldview, a great new re-structuring and re-alignment of our individual lives our groups and organizations and the planet is now possible. There are many factors that have caused the Universe Evolutionary worldview to emerge and to be so useful to the 21st century.

For those of you that love diving into the details and antecedents here is an overview of those contributing factors, but not necessarily presented in the order of most importance or impact:

  • Factor One:New Technology and new analysis procedures have Expanded Our Picture of the Universe. Through our most forward-thinking leaders and individuals, humanity is now rapidly moving from the older and limiting Newtonian (mechanistic,) planetary worldview to the non-mechanistic, complex adaptive whole-systems and a dialectical meta-systemicly revealed Universe Evolutionary Worldview. The Universe Evolutionary Worldview has recently emerged because --- for the first time in human history by using super-computers and powerful telescopes like the Hubbel we are finally able to see the full scope of evolutionary time and space back from the present time to the beginnings of the universe at the Big Bang some 13.8 billion years ago. And from where we are located in the Milky Way Galaxy we can now see to the very edge of the 200 billion light year cosmic horizon in all directions.

    We have finally transcended the vastly smaller and partial time and space views of the past in a monumental surge through a complex adaptive whole-systems view breakthrough. For the very first time in human history, because of the newest technologies that allow us to finally see all of the Universe's time and space evolution and the new discoveries within the cosmology-related sciences, we are able to see and understand the universe from this big history perspective as a whole and as a complex adaptive whole-system. Unlike any previous generation who looked at the vastly smaller and partial space-and-time views of the universe in the past, we at this time are able to see and understand vastly more of the universe than anyone before us!

    This new big-picture, big-history view of the universe is monumentally important because up until about a decade or so ago, we as a species were only able to get accurate information about the universe from exclusively partial and sub-system views. Seeing the universe and its history for the first time as a whole and at the master-system level has created a quantum and sometimes counter-intuitive re-alignment in our understanding of both the nature of the universe as well as the progressive directionality qualities of universe evolution itself. Both of these factors also significantly affect the success, survival and sustainability of every sub-system and living thing within the universe!

    As a species, with the advent of our new technology for seeing and understanding the universe as a whole system and its full history, we have finally moved from and beyond a limiting planetary consciousness to an expansive and encompassing universe consciousness. This transition is critically important to humanity's current planetary survival because, as Albert Einstein said, "the consciousness that creates the problem is not the consciousness that will be able to solve the problem."

    Our current partial view and older Newtonian planetary consciousness is simply not capable by itself of resolving the critical life and life-system sustainability challenges facing all of humanity at this critical moment in history. It is only when the Universe Evolutionary Worldview's new science and meta-perspectives are added to the best of humanity's earlier worldviews that humanity now has a realistic hope and the proper tools to create a sustainable prosperity for all that holds the potential to last for a million generations.

  • Factor 2: A new set of thinking tools and forms. Just as the first Enlightenment of the 1600's had its thinking process breakthrough in the form of rational analytical thinking and scientific methodology tools, this "Second Enlightenment" impulse embraced within the Universe Evolutionary Worldview also has emerged its own transcending-and-including new understanding of complex adaptive systems and dialectical meta-systemic thinking tools and processes. These new dialectical meta-systemic thinking tools and processes are essential to a understanding of the complex adaptive systems in which we live. These new thinking tools will help solve both humanity's and the individual’s global and local complex adaptive systems challenges.

  • Factor 3: The piecemeal discovery the progressive directionality of evolution: In spite of its extinctions, failed experiments, retrogrades and meanderings, the trend of evolution at the cutting edge is now being seen as progressive. This is the most key foundational factor in both Evolution 2.0 and the Universe Evolutionary Worldview. Progressive evolution simply means that there is a definite, objective and testable directionality to the evolution of life and the planet that we all share. Universe evolution is progressively going somewhere and in one way or another it is carrying all of its universe embedded participants (individuals, groups, organizations, subsystems and systems,) in that SAME direction. The realization of the progressive directionality of evolution also has monumental implications for all individuals and life on the planet. Those individuals and groups that better align and partner with the now-known progressive directionality and nearly unstoppable forces of universe evolution will naturally be far more successful, adaptable and sustainable than those individuals and organizations who are ignorant of this new "evolution is progressive" meta-principles and information. Additionally, there is no deeper source of meaning for human beings than to experience their own lives as reflecting the nature and origin of our universe. When the progressive directionality of evolution is understood, seen and embraced, the most common evolutionary meanings, purposes and values of our individual and collective identities become more clear and our lives become renewed and more energized. In those new evolutionary meanings, purposes and values our lives will continue to grow as we individually and collectively align ourselves and then proactively partner with evolution’s inherent directionality. With the knowledge of the progressive evolutionary sciences, humanity has gone from wondering or theorizing about its natural origins to not just better understanding them, but also to the possibility of becoming a partner in co-evolving evolution itself. This great new re-alignment of scientific understanding of the universe and its potential capability to actively co-evolve evolution presents the greatest sudden leap in the operational capabilities of humanity to create and maintain its own future since the earliest forms of humans first emerged on this planet. Becoming aware of and intentionally using the meta-principles of the progressive evolutionary process is a monumental opportunity and liberation for humanity! To see some of those evolutionary meta-principles,"values" and universal evolutionary ethics of the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview subtly expressed within a quick overview of the core steps and levels of progressive evolution, click here. To see some of those evolutionary "values" and alignment ethics of the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview expressed as a creative interpretation of the vital success actions of life and what we call the new Universe Principles of Sustainabilityclick here.

  • Factor 4: The Universe Has Become More Conscious of Itself As We Become More Conscious of It. This is possibly the most momentous evolutionary jump and new perspective in the 13.7 billion-year evolutionary history of the universe!

    "We are the way the universe thinks about itself." Carl Sagan

    Just as there was a momentous progressive evolutionary jump when the multicellular collections of organs in apelike pre-hominids finally became self-conscious and self-reflective and became what we know today as the first self-reflective humans, humanity (as a collection of individual universe parts) has provided a momentous opportunity for the universe to become more conscious of itself in and through us. This occurs every time we peer into our telescopes or analyze information about the universe as a totality.

    When we individually look at and become more aware of the universe as a unified living system and organism, in essence, the universe is looking at itself and becoming more aware of itself through the ongoing universe-awareness-increasing actions of its self-reflective individual parts. Through our individual and collective time-and-space awareness of the big history of the universe through our universe-mapping-and-analyzing super-computers and new telescopes, the universe is not only becoming more aware of itself, it is also becoming more aware of the process of its own progressive evolution.

    Just as we are becoming aware of our own progressive evolution, this momentous evolutionary jump in the universe’s reflective awareness of its own progressive evolution has amazing implications for future evolution that have yet to be imagined and discovered. When combined with humanity's new understanding of progressive evolution and humanity's ability to now partner in co-evolving the future of evolution, the future truly looks brighter and more exciting than ever.

    The new Universe Evolutionary Worldview expands upon the many discoveries about progressive evolution that began with Darwin's first discoveries. It also explores how to capture the benefits and synergies of a self-reflective humanity co-evolving the future with and within a living universe that is growing more aware of itself through us.

  • Factor 5: Critical Need: As a global species living in a globalized age, we urgently need a centering and aligning new, bigger and more accurate trans-global vision, perspective and worldview to help us restructure and realign our existing systems now necessary to resolve our many serious global challenges (global warming leading to potential extinction level climate destabilization, the international economy, resource depletion, peak oil, war, population and poverty, etc.) This need is critically simply because the way the separate segments and nations of humanity are currently living hyper-competitively with no real central management of the planet with conflicting systems is simply not sustainable on almost every level! Our current vision and tools are too small for our challenges! The easiest and most effective way to better solve planetary challenges is from a universe evolutionary perspective.

  • Factor 6: A Global Movement Toward Sustainable Prosperity: Our scientists have told us that humanity as a collective cannot continue to live the way it currently is living and using the Earth's resources or there will be dire physical consequences to ourselves, the planet's biological systems future generations. Humanity has already begun to heed this warning by very slowly starting to move its laws and value systems toward creating a new form of sustainable prosperity. (The current correctional spearhead that is an important part of the sustainable prosperity movement lies within the Job One for Humanity Climate Restabilization Plan, which deals with human-caused carbon pollution causing escalating climate destabilization. If we do not get this single greatest challenge to humanity resolved, sustainable prosperity for all is an impossibility.)

  • Factor 7: A New Importance  for Humanity and the Individual in the Universe: These new big-picture and big-history science-informed universe views have, among other things, demonstrated and recently restored humanity's more appropriate current value to the universe's evolutionary process as its current known apex species. We are no longer meaningless specks in the vastness of cold dark space. In addition to Brian Swimme's Universe Story, another book that explain this particularly well is: View from the Center of the Universe by Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams. To see some of the other cosmological "values" of the new Universe Worldview expressed in a quick overview of the nature of the master universe as a system, click here. To see some of the other cosmological "values" of the new Universe Worldview expressed as a creative interpretation of the vital success attitudes of life in what we call the new Universe Principles of Sustainability, click here.

  • Factor 8: A New Form of Universal Ethics and Individual and Group Identity and Purpose has Emerged. The perspectives of the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview offers a science-grounded new Genesis Story or, as others call it, a new Great Story, Big History, Modern Creation Myth or Evolutionary Epic that discloses and holds a vital new common meanings, purposes and new common identities (evolutioneers, universe citizens, universe community members) for solving both personal planetary challenges that can be shared by all of humanity. The new Universe Evolutionary Worldview provides individuals with a vastly larger identity--that of evolutioneers and  universe citizens for solving our current planetary challenges. It also provides a new set of universal ethics based on the time-tested reoccurring patterns of sustainability for parts and wholes (individuals and groups,) found within universe evolution itself.

  • Factor 9: The Integration and Unification of all Human Knowledge: The new Universe Evolutionary Worldview and the Universe Age transcend, include and encompass all of the best of all of humanity's most monumental historic worldviews. For increasing numbers of individuals within humanity, the emerging Universe Age has now expanded human perspective far beyond the limitations of the previously dominant Newtonian planetary worldview and the misconceptions of "survival of the fittest" non-progressive-evolution model to the larger and more useful perspectives of the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview. In this new, larger and science-grounded Universe Age perspective is found a new more universal and unified way of seeing and understanding all life and things evolving in the universe.

  • Factor 10: The Access to all Human Knowledge: The new Universe Age (birthed by the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview) has emerged at a time when, for the first time in human history, a near totality of all science and wisdom from all existing and previous cultures is readily available and accessible on the Internet. This totality of information is now accessible by billions of people and that number is growing every year.

  • Factor 11: The Tremendous Improvement in the Speed of Distributing Knowledge: This is due to the advent of both the Internet and the Peer to Peer (P2P) networking movement as well as the vast improvement in the speed and efficiency of distributing and upgrading knowledge and knowledge management systems due to the advent of the Open Source movement in its many application flavors. (Open Source Spirituality is just one of the many new flavors of creatively applying the original open source software principles to other important areas of life.)

  • Factor 12: The Decline of the WestWestern society is in a period that has been called a Declinology where western culture is failing to provide an adequate sense of meaning, belonging and purpose and, a framework of values. While people are more happy with their personal lives they are concerned about society. They are  particularly concerned about greed and selfishness, consumerism, too much competition, loss of community, growing pressures on families, drugs crime and violence. There is the feeling that with individual freedom and material abundance people do not seem to know where to stop or when they have too much of a good thing. The high costs of increasing western materialism and individualism include a heightened sense of risk, uncertainty and insecurity, lack of clear frames of reference, a rise of personal expectations, coupled with the perception that the onus of success lies with the individual, despite the continuing importance of social position, an excess of freedom and choice, which is experienced as a threat or tyranny; the construct of the self as separate from others; and a shift from intrinsic to extrinsic values and goals. Western  society particularly needs revitalization and renewal. Only a new and bigger worldview based in universe science will do it.
  • Factor 13: Other Key Facilitating, Integral and Supporting Factors: There is an combination of additional facilitating, technical and philosophic sub-factors or operational values, which integrally contribute to this accelerating new realignment and restructuring of humanity’s perspective into alignment with the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview.

The new Universe Evolutionary Worldview is integral in that it:

  • provides a deeper and broader "big history" map of the progressive evolution of known universe reality that embraces an inclusive, multiple perspective and science multi-disciplinary way of seeing and understanding personal, cultural, biologic and organic evolutionary development.

  • is a worldview that seeks to include everything essential in its appropriate place. It excludes nothing needed for a balanced macro (big perspective) and micro (small perspective) understanding of the universe in any area.

  • anticipates what more appropriate solutions come next in the unfolding of the universe’s progressive evolutionary process. These new solutions are shifted away from much of today’s polarizing, marginalizing, right or wrong, either/or, left or right and partial or absolute truth-certainty-based choices and options. The new Universe Evolutionary Worldview solutions are more inclusive and encompassing (not overthrowing) and are “both/and” type solutions based on truth probabilities rather than illusionary truth certainties. That’s because the solutions of the new Universe Worldview embrace the entire big history--the entire span of universe time and space and the complete evolutionary developmental spectrum on all organic, biological and cultural levels while also allowing the most currently useful wisdom of previously exclusive and competitive worldviews to be systematically meshed, layered and harmoniously integrated to serve the sustainable well-being of the whole of life. The new Universe Evolutionary Worldview can do this because it is based upon transcendence, inclusion and synthesis. It includes the most useful science and wisdom perspectives from all previous worldviews and disciplines where contextually appropriate, while simultaneously pruning away all contextually inappropriate or no longer relevant perspectives and values.

  • re-frames and realigns all sub-systems (parts of the universe) to the universe as the master evolutionary system as a whole. The integral Universe Evolutionary Worldview places all sub-perspectives back into the master perspective of universe evolution so that they may be evaluated and seen from the largest of all possible perspectives and scales while they are being seen for smaller-scale applications. This telescoping to the master evolutionary universe view and alignment with the master universe systems dramatically increases the probability that smaller-scale applications will be successful.

  • unites and distinguishes all things within the universe in a coherent and structured matrix of triune relationship. It both combines and distinguishes outer (objective, “it” realities,) inner (subjective, “I” realities,) and the inter-subjective (relational, “we” realities) on any phenomena, whether singular or collective. Not only does it more clearly distinguish these three important perspectives of reality, it also orders them in a practical new way. The new Universe Evolutionary Worldview orders these three integral perspectives of reality by placing an initial learning and evaluation importance upon the outer objective, "it realities" of science. This is due to the capabilities of the outer objective, "it realities" of science to rationally ground and balance the other two subjective “I” and inter-subjective “we” perspectives of reality. The outer objective, "it realities" of science also create a vitally important common and shared reality that is testable and verifiable by any rational member of the group. Having such common and shared objective rational realities is critical to establishing the common rational agreements that allow for and expand the human cooperation at greater scales that is now essential to our planetary survival.Because the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview gives the outer objective, "it realities" of science a learning and evaluation initial priority does not mean that the other two subjective “I” and inter-subjective “we” perspectives of reality are ignored or devalued. In fact, quite the opposite is true.

  • The new Universe Evolutionary Worldview starts with and puts an unapologetic weighting toward grounding in the factual probabilities of the outer objective, "it realities" of science. After that has been achieved it then encourages the individual and groups in non-prejudicial ways to explore the subjective “I” and inter-subjective “we” perspectives. It does this to help find, interpret and expand the personal meanings and values of the fact probabilities discovered by science or to explore whole new possibilities. The new Universe Evolutionary Worldview reunites objective facts and subjective and inter-subjective personal meanings in a new order and weighting that will more effectively support the increasing cooperation at great scale of progressive evolution. This also forwards in a practical way the planetary goal of a sustainable prosperity for all.

    A key factor to keep in mind in this process is that while individuals and groups are encouraged in non-prejudicial ways to explore the subjective “I” and inter-subjective “we” perspectives for new personal meanings for the fact probabilities of science (or for whole new creative possibilities for the future) it does not mean that inner personal subjective or inter-subjective meanings should ever be treated as the common and shared fact probabilities of science without those meanings going through the vigorous testing and verification processes of science. When subjective personal meanings or opinions are treated as objective science probabilities within a society and then used to make common and shared decisions negating the actual objective science probabilities related to that situation eventual destruction or chaos is the near-certain outcome.

  • offers a new conflict-healing perspective about the optimal relationship and exchange balance between the needs of the whole and the needs of the part (group vs. individual, communion vs. agency,) essential to optimal sustainability for all things. (Some of these optimal part vs. whole and individual vs. group relationship-balancing factors can be found in the new Universe Principles of Sustainability. It also does the above whole-and-part rebalancing by recognizing that parts of the universe are always interconnected (and often interdependent) parts of some whole. And, paradoxically, at the same time they are also a unique whole within themselves. Each thing being both a whole and part simultaneously helps in part to create a new perspective and balance that of itself, when realized and adopted significantly facilitates a completely new set possibilities for new effective solutions not previously seen.

  • re-embraces (for those spiritually inclined,) new forms of non-pathological, progressive Religgion 2.0 and spiritual exploration that is congenial to science-grounding, the directionality of progressive evolution, open philosophic inquiry and is universal in its perspectives. (For those individuals who are not spiritual or religious in any way, the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview also stands alone and fully upon only its science-grounding and this section need not be read.) In the scientific revolution of the last four hundred years there has been an evolution toward scientism and religious reductionism. These extreme directions within science have actively denied ANY role for the meanings and values of a new non-pathological kind of personal spirituality or of spirit. For those so spiritually inclined, the new Universe Worldview once again allows for reunification of science and spirituality, but this time in new and balanced ways appropriate to their unique individual capabilities and domains for informing life with useful factual knowledge as well as meaning. This new science-grounded and balanced (but not reductionist and science-strangled) reunification of life and spirit and of science and progressive Religion 2.0 is essential because neither the objective probability of the "truths" of science nor the subjective "certainty” of the beliefs of personal spirituality are true in any fixed, ultimate or absolute sense when we enter the realm of trying to understand the completeness of Ultimate Reality or what it means to our existence.

    Just as in physics light cannot be fully or accurately described as either a stream of particles or a wave but only as something with some of the characteristics of each and yet beyond either descriptive metaphor, so too the physical universe cannot be adequately described as either something scientifically observed or spiritually experienced.

    For those so inclined to holding spiritual perspectives, the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview also holds a centering new science-grounded evolutionary cosmology and genesis story for a progressively evolving universe that can hold both the science and spiritual exploration levels at once. It can hold both the new cosmology and progressive evolutionary science with the most life-affirming non-pathological wisdom from our total human spiritual heritage. To those of a spiritual nature, the perspectives of the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview also offers a new Genesis Story or, as others call it, a new Great Story, Big History, Modern Creation Myth or Evolutionary Epic that discloses and holds a new common meaning, purposes and common identity (evolutionary universe citizens) for solving planetary challenges that can be shared by all of humanity.

    For those so spiritually inclined, with science and personalized spirituality together once again in a more appropriate and balanced relationship, they can now be additionally understood as essential alternate metaphor systems in whose juxtaposition is revealed something much larger and better than either can express alone concerning Ultimate Reality.

    The newest, self-personalized and co-created forms of this new trans-denominational, meta-spirituality is called Religion 2.0. The preceding link will take you a 4 point overview if the most simple basics of Religion 2.0.)

    It addresses both creating a science and spirituality-integrated organization closely congruent with the universal values and the perspectives of the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview while Religion 2.0 also squarely addresses the past pathologies, problems and power abuses of past religious and spiritual groups by offering innovative new solutions to these areas as well. (For all of the information about this new, individually personalized and co-created form of universe-framed spirituality called Religion 2.0, click here.)

  • is self-organizing its own dissemination through multiple channels of evolutioneers and individuals who see themselves as planetary and universe citizens. Click here for more on the principles of evolutionary self-organization.

  • is the Integration and Power Rebalancing of Male and Female Gender Issues: The rise of the power and wisdom of women has meant the reintegration and rebalancing of the currently dominant patriarchal and male-power-biased social, economic and spiritual practices, customs and institutions with the matriarchal, communion, nurturing and other qualities of the social and spiritual feminine. This rebalancing is an essential element to a successful and sustainable future for humanity. (See the Century of Women for more on this.)

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