In my last column, I explored the distinction between science investigating and explaining mysteries, and the experiencing of mystery that underlies the religious mind. In this column I’d like to explore the question: Is there cosmic significance to the crisis of human consciousness, which has produced untenable fragmentation of the earth and people?
This is a spiritual and philosophical question, one that now has tremendous urgency. Short of communicating with an extraterrestrial species that has gone through the same crisis that’s coming to a head on earth, can we actually find out?
First, no matter how good the explanation, it cannot, in itself, change the explained—you and me. Emotionally experiencing insight does change our perceptions and worldviews however.
In science, insight is rightly translated into knowledge. With respect

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