What Is Enlightenment Online (the magazine from the school of American "evolutionary spirituality" teacher Andrew Cohen) unveils a fascinating twelve-band rainbow graphic displaying the spectrum of perspectives on evolution and the role that conscious intelligence may play in it.
Yes, there are still those who say it’s all a cosmic accident and that’s the end of it, and those who say it’s all perfectly planned by God and that’s the end of it. But somewhere in between, there are exciting new ideas that are destined to shake the foundations of the way we understand life in the twenty-first century. [...]
Between the Neo-Darwinists on one side and the Intelligent Designers on the other are at least ten more "schools" of evolutionary thought. Here, we've spread them out along a spectrum from science to spirit, with scientific materialism on the far left and religious determinism on the far right. Generally speaking, the closer a group of scientific thinkers appear to the center of the chart, for example, the closer its view of evolution comes to integrating the dimension of spirit, and vice-versa—an integration that manifests most fully in the three groups in the middle.
Do you know what "the Esoteric Evolutionists," "the Process Philosophers," or "the Complexity Theorists" are thinking about the subject? Me neither, but I want to know. I haven't had a chance to read the whole presentation yet, but maybe here at last I'll find some resonance with, or correction to, my own unauthorized and goofy speculations on the subject. I'll let you know. I'm very excited to find this, and recommend that anyone with a least a peep through a crack of an open mind on the subject explore it with me. To be continued.