The Cosmic Dance

Science Discovers the Mysterious Harmony of the Universe

Giuseppe Del Re

Foreword by Thomas Torrance

his book focuses on a new worldview, emerging from the science of the last decades of the second millennium. Its metaphor is the cosmic dance, or the harmony existing between systems that are so strongly interdependent that they behave as a single entity. This dance image hints at a general, evolving pattern in which all objects in the universe participate—like the ordered chaos of an African open-air market.

Some of the chapters discuss the nature of processes in the universe, including chaos and chance in the game of life. The reconciliation of variety and unity are addressed in reference to the space-time continuum and the unified field of relativity theory. Del Re continues the investigation into an exploration of the origins of freedom and ethics, suggesting that science indicates that the human species may have a specific task in the universe: building a bridge between matter and spirit.

Del Re ponders alchemy, the significance of symbols, and the meaning of the soul. Woven throughout a variety of esoteric and scientific inquiries is the underlying sense of the unifying principles of science and a spiritual outlook. The questions raised are issues that will be discussed by an emerging network of scientists and spiritual seekers, and this book will add a valued and informed perspective to these conversations.

Features

  • Explains a new worldview connecting science and spirituality
  • Presents a cosmological metaphor for the new science

Foreword by Thomas F. Torrance ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments / xv

1. The Great Dance Image / 3

2. Information, Order, and Life / 29

3. The Structure of Sensible Reality / 55

4. Time and Becoming / 85

5. An Interlude on Chaos, the Game of Life, and Chance / 113

6. Birth of a Voice / 133

7. Regularity, Variety, and the Unity of the World / 159

8. The Place of Man / 185

9. Mechanism, Magic, and How Nature Is One / 215

10. Alchemy and Technology: From Wisdom to Know-How / 247

11. Universal Communication, Meaning, and Symbols / 275

12. Mind, Soul, Psyche / 309

13. About a Scientific World-View / 345

14. Envoy / 379

Bibliography / 393

Index of Names / 401

Index of Subjects / 405