Imagine a university that was dedicated to studying the universe as a whole, not in specialised pieces creating conflicting worldviews. Since humans on this planet are a component of the universe that would mean also studying the nature of humans on the planet earth and the wider system of universe. In this extended programme Anthony Hodgson will share a vision and a narrative of a cosmic ecology he has developed over a lifetime of research, drawing on many dimensions of the subject including science, history, spirituality and the arts.
About the Cosmic Ecology Programme
As we increasingly discover that the Anthropocene Era is not just a scientific concept, but a stark reality of humans that they are now acting on the planet at a geological scale and are themselves being acted upon by the feedback from the planetary systems, a terrestrial ecology is no longer sufficient to account for our predicament. Many of us are driven to seek for deeper meaning and find that the different special interests from which different authorities try to tell us what is going on, are no longer adequate. We have been holistically alerted by the image of the blue planet, but we do not have an equivalent holistic narrative of the cosmos that satisfies science and soul.
Some philosophical schools have stated the principle that if you wish to understand humanity, you need to understand the universe; and if you wish to understand the universe you need to understand humanity. On these grounds the programme is designed in in two parts. Part One is The Human Being in the Universe and Part Two is Universe in the Human Being.
In the first part the basic framing of a holistic concept of an intelligent universe will be described and the position of humanity in that context. It will integrate what we have learned from science and history with perspectives of dimensionality, levels of being and the complexities of energy transformation, concluding with a view of where we are in the planetary evolution. All this is supported by the introduction of new ways of thinking, reflecting and investigating ‘ordinary life’.
In the second part we will study the structure and nature of the human in the context of part one and the implications for practices of individual and cultural transformation. This draws on the tutor’s own study and practice of a range of self-development techniques from a range of spiritual traditions but emphasising their present and future relevance without their obscuring cultural accretions.
The programme is likely to challenge many prevalent belief systems and requires of the student their best capacity to suspend disbelief and make personal experiments in thinking, feeling and physicality. However, curiosity in the meaning and purpose of life, and especially the meaning of personal life, is the main prerequisite.
The Exploratory Journey
The course is a journey of exploration of the cosmos and the place of humans in it. It is a kind of ‘Hero’s Journey’ in which you are invited to relax personal and cultural beliefs [Phase of Separation], explore new perspectives [Phase of Initiation] and reperceiving yourself and the world [Phase of Return].
Our vehicle for the journey is the spaceship of the mind, using the mind’s capacity to imagine worlds and visit unusual places. We need first of all to build this exploration vehicle. It has three main components.
Nine 2-hour sessions weekly on Thursdays starting 7th October.
Time 7pm (19:00 BST)
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Note the fees are in two tiers to allow people to participate independent of their current incomes. There is also scope to donate above the set fee to contribute to the development of H3Uni and further programmes.
The course fees are inclusive of service charges.