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ABSTRACT: A Phenomenology of an Emergent Universe: From Whence Into What Are We Emerging



Each discipline's perspective has its own connotation for emergence. For example, emergence may be Order out of chaos or may refer to the existence or formation of collective behaviors – what parts of a system do together that they would not do alone or a phenomenon whereby larger entities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities such that the larger entities exhibit properties the smaller/simpler entities do not exhibit. In short, out of what into what.

Out of what did the phenomenon of the universe, and the collective behaviors of God, love, and sex emerge? Into what is God, love, and sex emerging? Tenderness, perhaps? The Heart Sutra, a concise summation of Quantum Theory and Buddhism, recommends that Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form. It is commonly held that the Universe emerged (done deal) or emerges (continuing process) out of nothing. Nothing itself holds various connotations: that out of which a void emerges to chaos (which implies things in random disarray), to that space of existent/nonexistent energy packets. And such we find ourselves amid the emerging universe today: the human condition comprised of complex behaviors of worry, depression, anxiety and/or presence, peace, and joy.

What comprises form or emptiness? The composition of either comprises the composition of God, love, and sex and/or presence, peace, and joy: the foundation of the Human Condition. From what perspective does resolution to the Human Condition emerge? From what perspective does perspective itself emerge? The name of this perspective? Join us a stimulating exposition and discussion of a perspective far beyond form and emptiness.

Laugh and be Merry, Quiet and be Still. See you! Peace.


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