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Everybody's story : wising up to the epic of evolution
Rue, Loyal D.
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Publication Information:
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 146 pages : illustrations 24 cm.

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BL263 .R812 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This exhilarating tale of natural history illuminates the evolution of matter, life, and consciousness. In Everybody's Story, Loyal Rue finds the means for global solidarity and cooperation in the shared story of humanity.

Author Notes

Loyal Rue is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Luther College.

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In this little book with lofty aspirations, as Rue (religion and philosophy, Luther College) notes, he proposes a story to answer the quest for an epic that would unite humanity spiritually. He wants to inspire global unity and cooperation, avoiding the conflicts aroused by varying stories in different cultures. He seeks something universal, satisfying, and true, one shared narrative that would give people a framework of meaning in their lives. Hence he looks to natural history and finds "everybody's story" in the epic of evolution. By integrating evolutionary cosmology with ecocentric morality, Rue hopes to bind humanity into a global culture. He argues that we should embrace viability as the universal value--a "nonnegotiable part of everybody's story." Such a transformation of consciousness should lead us to live in harmony with our environment. This is a clear, lively, informed overview of the big questions about human life, with forcefully argued resolutions. Appropriate for all readership levels. H. C. Byerly; emeritus, University of Arizona

Table of Contents

Edward O. Wilson
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Part I How Things Arep. 45
1. The Organization of Matterp. 53
2. The Organization of Lifep. 65
3. The Organization of Consciousnessp. 81
Part II Which Things Matterp. 97
4. What Matters Ultimately?p. 99
5. What Matters Proximately?p. 109
Epiloguep. 129
Bibliographical Notesp. 139
Indexp. 143