Conscious Evolution Defined

Conscious evolution is the evolution of evolution, from unconscious to conscious choice. While consciousness has been evolving for billions of years, conscious evolution is new. It is part of the trajectory of human evolution, the canvas of choice before us now as we recognize that we have come to possess the powers that we used to attribute to the gods.

We are poised in this critical moment, facing decisions that must be made consciously if we are to avoid destroying the world as we know it, if we are instead to cocreate a future of immeasurable possibilities. Our conscious evolution is an invitation to ourselves, to open to that positive future, to see ourselves as one planet, and to learn to use our powers wisely and ethically for the enhancement of all life on Earth.

Conscious evolution can also be seen as an awakening of a ‘memory’ that resides in the synthesis of human knowing, from spiritual to social to scientific. Indeed, all of our efforts to discover the inherent design of life itself can be seen as the process of one intelligence, striving to know itself through our many eyes, and to set the stage for a future of immense cocreativity.

This awakening has gained momentum as 3 new understandings (the 3 C’s) have arisen:
Cosmogenesis: This is the recent discovery that the universe has been and is now evolving. As Brian Swimme puts it, “time is experienced as an evolutionary sequence of irreversible transformations,” rather than as ever-renewing cycles.

Our New Crises: We are faced with a complex set of crises, most especially environmental. We are participating in a global system that is far from equilibrium, conditions that are known to favor a macroshift. This kind of dramatic repatterning can be a sudden shift toward devolution and chaos, or it can be an evolution toward a higher more complex order. At this moment in evolution the outcome depends on our choices, and time is running out. We must change, or suffer dire consequences. Our crises are acting as evolutionary drivers pressuring us to innovate and transform.

Our New Capacities: The advent of radical evolutionary technologies such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, quantum computing, space exploration, etc., offer us the possibility of profound change in the physical world. At the same time that we are facing the possible destruction of our life support systems, we can also see that the tools are there to transform ourselves, our bodies and our world. We can and are actually moving beyond the creature human condition toward a new species, a universal humanity, capable of coevolving with nature.


6 Responses to “Conscious Evolution Defined”

  1. […] L’évolution consciente peut aussi être vue comme l’éveil d’une "mémoire" demeurant dans la synthèse du savoir humain, qu’il soit spirituel, social ou scientifique. En effet, tous les efforts portés à découvrir le dessein de la vie peuvent être vus comme le processus d’une intelligence s’efforçant de se connaître à travers nos multiples regards, et lancer l’étape d’une immense co-créativité future.  (source sur le site de Barbara Marx Hubbard) […]

  2. […] and conscious evolution as trending heretical. What the heck is conscious evolution? I went to the source. It seems pretty simple and non-theological to […]

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  6. […] Though presented as a fresh, exciting vision rooted in cutting-edge science, these evolutionary prophesies will sound familiar to students of evolutionary thought and the history of science. The vision accords well with what physicist-philosopher Martin Eger identified as “Epic Science.” Epic science gained prominence in the 1970s with science popularizes and synthesizers like Carl Sagan and Edward O. Wilson, but it has much deeper roots in Victorian culture. Today, as in Victorian times, one finds in these grand projects a “shared belief among the converted that by finally replacing older mythologies, the new scientific epic will provide an overarching background for human self-understanding , moral reflection, and personal and social communication.” Common features of the genre, Eger demonstrated, include an extension of the evolutionary paradigm as far as possible; an emphasis on the unification of knowledge; “flagrant excitement” about all that science can offer to an understanding of our daily lives; and even “unabashed calls for a new morality or a new ‘vision’ of the world.” Typically the claim is made that the goal of extending evolution in these directions is close to being realized and that we are living in an era marked by the dissolution of final mysteries. For some writers in this genre—Teilhard de Chardin and his followers among them—the universe is understood to have attained the fullness of self-awareness in human beings.  The cosmos is assumed to unfold in the direction of conscious evolution. […]