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Give Us Ten Minutes, We'll Give You the Kosmos

Go ahead. Check your watch. Let's see if we can pull this off. The next 10 minutes may change the way you think about evolution, psychology, ecology, even God. The cosmos is merely the physical universe. Here, we're talking The Big K... everything from matter to mind to Spirit. We hope you'll come away feeling that the half of the Kosmos that tends to get crushed flat by modern science -- your emotions, your dreams, your spirituality -- actually provides the high ground we need to make sense of our lives. But first let us give the credit to Ken Wilber (author of such monumental works as Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality, The Marriage of Sense and Soul (one of Al Gore's new favorites), and, with Tony Schwartz, A Brief History of Everything. Wilber, a former biochemist, lives in a mountain aerie outside Boulder, Colorado, where he rises each morning around four o'clock to meditate for hours in advance of his heavy thinking. But he's not a guru. Instead, he's a voracious reader and disciplined thinker who is attempting to synthesize all that is known about science and religion. Each of his books is well wor …

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