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Intelligence Came First (2nd ed.)

Smith, E. Lester. (Ed.). (Revisions by Patrick Milburn)

 The first edition of this book was by a chemist, E. Lester Smith, together with several associates, some of whom wrote parts and all of whom edited the text. The revision is largely the work of biologist Patrick Milburn, who contributed new chapters and incorporated recent scientific thinking on the subject matter, which is that "the cosmos is both grounded in and pervaded by Intelligence" and "the origin and evolution of human life on Earth is part of a cosmological process" (p. 204). The book concludes that each human is one with nature and with every other human being. We share one Earth. one metabolic pattern, one life, one humanity, and one Cosmic Intelligence, or God. The authors insist that although for many this remains but an article of religious faith, "for others it is a luminous certainty, born of profound personal experience" (p. 210). (And those experiences are the ones this Journal calls "exceptional.")
Publisher Information:Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1990. 222p. Chap. bibl; 7 figs; Index: 213-221
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