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Brian Swimme : biography

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Brian Thomas Swimme (born 1950) is on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco, where he teaches evolutionary cosmology to graduate students in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. He received his Ph.D. (1978) from the department of mathematics at the University of Oregon for work in singularity theory. Swimme was a faculty member in the department of mathematics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, 1978–81. He was a member of the faculty at the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, 1983–89, and is presently adjunct professor for Holy Names University's Sophia Center.

Swimme brings the context of story to our understanding of the multi-billion-year trajectory of cosmogenesis. His published work includes The Universe is a Green Dragon (Bear and Company, 1984), The Universe Story (Harper San Francisco, 1992), written with Thomas Berry, and The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos (Orbis, 1996). Swimme is the producer of three DVD series: Canticle to the Cosmos, The Earth’s Imagination, and The Powers of the Universe.

Jerome Stone, author of Religious Naturalism Today, lists Swimme as a contemporary religious naturalist. retrieved 3/30/2011 Mary Evelyn Tucker, historian of religions at Yale University, teamed with Swimme to produce Journey of the Universe, an HD film released in 2011. They draw together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology and biology, with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.

Major publications

  • Manifesto for a Global Civilization (with Matthew Fox), Bear and Company, 1982, ISBN 0-939680-05-X
  • The Universe is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story, Bear and Company, 1984, ISBN 0-939680-14-9
  • The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era: A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos, Harper, 1992 (1994, ISBN 0-06-250835-0)—a culmination of a 10-year collaboration with cultural historian Thomas Berry
  • The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos, Orbis, 1996 (1999, ISBN 1-57075-281-8)
  • A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us—The Evolution of Life on Earth (with Sidney Liebes and Elisabet Sahtouris), John Wiley & Sons, 1998, ISBN 0-471-31700-4
  • Chapter 5 – Cosmological Education for Future Generations - The Thirteenth Labor: Improving Science EducationEric Chaisson, Tʻae-chʻang Kim, Tae-Chang Kim, The Thirteenth Labor: Improving Science Education, CRC Press, 1999, p. v, ISBN-9057005387

Swimme's media work includes the video series, Canticle to the Cosmos and The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos. With Elisabet Sahtouris, he wrote the narrative of the book for the exhibit A Walk Through Time.

Swimme also introduced Barbara Hand Clow in her books, Heart of the Christos: Starseeding from the Pleiades (1989, ISBN 0-939680-59-9) and The Pleiadian Agenda: A New Cosmology for the Age of Light (1995, ISBN 1-879181-30-4).

Background

Swimme is a mathematical cosmologist on the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies and currently (2011) an instructor for the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness Program, an area of study within the Philosophy and Religion Program. It is designed to help shape the intellectual, moral and spiritual leadership of its students. retrieved 4/4/2011 Swimme's primary field of research is the nature of the evolutionary dynamics of the universe. He has developed an interpretation of the human as an emergent being within the universe and earth. His central concern is the role of the human within the earth community, the cultural implications of the Epic of Evolution, and the role of humanity in the unfolding story of earth and cosmos. Toward this goal, he founded the Center for the Story of the Universe in 1989.

His published work includes The Universe is a Green Dragon (Bear and Company, 1984), The Universe Story (Harper San Francisco, 1992) written with Thomas Berry, and The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos (Orbis, 1996). Swimme’s books have been translated into eight different languages. Swimme was featured in the television series Soul of the Universe (The BBC, 1991) and The Sacred Balance produced by David Suzuki (CBC and PBS, 2003). He is the producer of a twelve-part DVD series Canticle to the Cosmos, which has been distributed worldwide. Other DVD programs featuring Swimme’s ideas include The Earth’s Imagination and The Powers of the Universe. Swimme founded the international Epic of Evolution Society in 1998. This was a result of his participation in the conference Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science the year before. retrieved 4/4/2011

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