The Cosmic Gospel
Sometimes meaning "good news", the term Gospel has been used thoughout history to signify the delivery of powerful new messages. Perhaps the most powerful message ever received by humanity is that for the first time, science and technology have allowed us to see ourselves and our place within the grand sweep of the time and scale of the Universe. Contemplating one's place in this vastness is both humbling and enlivening. How trivial are our petty concerns and conflicts seem in the face of the cosmos and how wonderful is our improbable existance!
I think you would agree with me that humanity in dire need of a new perspective, both for our survival, better stewardship of the planet and overall mental health. Religion may never give us this new perspective, whereas a wonder and respect for the universe and our (however small) place in it might just do the trick.
Many voices are emerging to bring this "good news" to humanity and this site is about finding and featuring those people (and I am one of them ;-). So, this site is dedicated to featuring the "Speakers of the Cosmic Gospel". If you want to add your voice to the ones below, please contact me, Bruce Damer, initiator of this little project.
Speakers of the Cosmic Gospel
Terence McKenna once called Bruce Damer “a visionary's visionary,” and Bruce certainly lived up to that reputation in his 2003 Burning Man presentation. Combining subjects as diverse as evolution, psychedelic experiences, and physics, he builds a mental construct to rival Olaf Stapleton's classic work Starmaker. In addition to Bruce's ideas about a conscious universe, we were also treated to an inspiring rap by his wife, Galen Brandt, as she explains the lure of the Burning Man experience.
Click here to listen to The Day the Universe Became Conscious at the Palenque Norte podcasts. Thanks to Lorenzo Hagerty for providing this in convenient MP3 and podcasting formats!
For more visit Bruce Damer's homepage here or click here for access to audio/video of Bruce's speeches.
When the Universe becomes Conscious of Itself
From a quote by Andrew Cohen in 2002
"To me it is a spiritual force in my life," from Brian's interview for the CNN article Queen's guitarist explores the cosmos. See his book "Bang! The Complete History of the Universe" with astronomers Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott.From the Bang! website:
See related sites:
NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day