Living universe

Living Universe (books)
The last of the two great "living universe" themed books, namely: Henry Bray's 1910 The Living Universe, which attempts crudely to salvage the concept of "spirit", and Pierre Teilhard's 1936 The Phenomena of Man, which attempts to salvage the concept of "god".
In hmolscience, living universe, as compared to a “dead universe”, "dynamic universe", or "thermo-dynamic universe" (modern view), refers to the premise that the universe is “alive”, in some sense of the word, whether be it a religious sense or an anthropomorphism sense.

In 45BC, Cicero, in his On the Nature of the Gods, speaking through the voice of Balbus the Stoic, i.e. one who follows the teachings of Heraclitus, states the living universe view as follows: [3]

“Here we must lend an ear to Plato, the god so to say among philosophers. His view is that motion is of two kinds, the first self-propelled and the second directed from without; and that which is achieved spontaneously of its own accord is more divine than that awakened by the thrust of another. Spontaneous motion he attributes only to souls; in his view, it is from them that all motion takes its rise. So since all motion has its origin in the heat within the universe, and since such heat is achieved spontaneously and not by an external thrust, that fiery heat mush be a living soul (see: dead soul). In other words, the universe is alive.”

In 1910, Henry Bray, in his The Living Universe, was the last person to cogently argue for the living universe hypothesis, inclusive of Goethe’s human elective affinities theory. [2]

New age
In 2009, Duane Elgin, in his The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We?, a book prefaced by Deepak Chopra, outlined a straight new age, life energy, god as quantum ontic opening stylized view of things (Ѻ); Elgin states (Ѻ|0:24-) that he was moved to wright this book per the following reason:

“I was led to write The Living Universe, in that I saw that we need a new paradigm of perception, if we’re going to move from seeing the universe as a place of fragmentation and deadness to seeing it as a place of unification and aliveness. That’s a profound shift in perception. And with that shift in perception we can move to a new sustainable and promising future. But if we just see the earth and the universe as essentially non-living and dead, that were here just to compete for resources and material advantages, we’re going to move into a time of profound conflict, and we’re going to just pull apart as a human species.”

Here, we see Elgin rehashing the old humans residing in a universe of “dead atoms” and the “living earth” (aka Gaia hypothesis) of James Lovelock confusions.

In c.2011, James Carter, self-characterized “outlier crank theoretical physicist with my own crackpot pet theories of photons, atoms, gravity, and the Big Bang”, via, has been promoting covert Bible-based, i.e. 8-days of creation model of a living universe, using barely-readable renditions of physics. (Ѻ)

See also

1. Cicero. (45BC). The Nature of the Gods (Introduction, translation, and notes: Patrick Walsh) (pg. 58). Oxford University Press, 1998.
2. Bray, Henry T. (1910). The Living Universe. Truro Publishing Co., 1920.

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