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DarwinianEvolution of Molecules: Physical and Earth-Historical Perspective ofthe Origin of Life by Hiromoto Nakazawafrom Springer(May 20).

Veterinary company looking to hire StatisticalGenomicists. (May 18).

A special issue of GENES will be prepared on cytonuclearinteractions in polyploid organisms. Manuscript deadline September30th.(May 13).

TheOrigin of Snakes: Morphology and the Fossil Recordby Michael Wayne Caldwell from CRC Press(May 11).

The Story of the Dinosaurs in 25Discoveries: Amazing Fossils and the People WhoFound Themby Donald R. Prothero from Columbia University Press(May 4).

TheWiley Handbook of Evolutionary Neuroscienceed. by Stephen V Shepherd fromWiley Blackwell(Apr 28).

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The candidate wanted no part of the negativity endemic to politics. Instead she offered an aggressively upbeat view of the future she foresaw for the human race.

We must combine our compassion with our creativity, she urged the convention. We must initiate a new process in democracy to identify our positive options, discover our potentials and commit our political will to long-range goals.

The words might have fit nicely into the current presidential campaign, but they actually were spoken 35 years ago at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco by a woman few expected to see take the stage, much less be nominated for the vice presidency. She was Barbara Marx Hubbard, who was not a politician by trade but a futurist, spiritual thinker, author and proponent of what are today lumped under the label of New Age ideas.

Ms. Hubbard, campaigning for months, had gathered enough support to have her name placed in nomination, mostly so that she could make a symbolic speech to the convention before endorsing the already assured ticket of Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine A. Ferraro. Ms. Hubbard believed that humans would graduate to a new level of cooperation and enlightenment, and in her speech delivered to a largely inattentive audience, and not in the prime-time television window she suggested who might lead the way into that brave new world.

The office of the vice president is the perfect place to call forth the genius of our people to build a world equal to our power and our aspirations, she said.

When Ms. Hubbard died on April 10 in Loveland, Colo., at 89, her vision of a newly vital vice presidency remained unrealized. But her ideas, books and lectures had reached countless seekers looking to clarify their purpose and expand their consciousness.

Peter Hubbard, a grandson, said she died after a brief illness.

Ms. Hubbard was a frequent speaker at seminars and conventions organized by groups like the World Future Society, and her 1998 book, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential, is a core text among those who think the human race is on the brink of an enhanced way of existing.

Conscious evolution is occurring in our generation because we are now gaining an understanding of the processes of nature: the gene, the atom, the brain, the origin of the universe, and the whole story of creation from the big bang to us, she wrote. We are now changing our understanding of how nature evolves; we are moving from unconscious evolution through natural selection to conscious evolution by choice.

With this increased knowledge and the power that it gives us, she continued, we can destroy the world or we can participate in a future of immeasurable dimensions.

Barbara Suzanne Marx was born on Dec. 22, 1929, in Manhattan. Her father, Louis, founded Louis Marx & Company, a leading toymaker.

By the time I was 6 years old, Ms. Hubbard said in American Visionary, a recent documentary about her directed by Karen Everett, I had so many toys that I learned one big lesson: More toys cannot make us happy.

Her mother, Irene (Saltzman) Marx, died of cancer when Barbara was a teenager; her father, with his self-made-businessman ethos, was a strong influence.

I had asked my father, who was completely areligious, What religion are we? she recalled in the documentary. Oh, he said, youre an American. Do your best.

The atomic bombing of Japan that ended World War II made a stark impression on Barbara when she was a teenager, she said: It underscored the truth that the human race had attained the ability to wield enormous technological power that could be either beneficial or destructive or both.

The first major question to shape my life was, What is the meaning of all our new power in science, industry and technology thats good? she said.

She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1951. That same year she married Earl Hubbard, an artist she had met in 1949 while in Paris. They settled in Connecticut and had five children, but Ms. Hubbard was not content with fitting into the suburban-housewife mold of the day.

She began reading the works of the philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who wrote about the further evolution of the human race; worked with Jonas Salk and the future-oriented Salk Institute; developed an interest in space exploration; and more.

Her marriage ended in the 1970s, a casualty of her increased activity in these areas, which included founding an organization she called the Committee for the Future. She also took to organizing synergistic convergence conferences, or Syncons, at which representatives of disparate groups would exchange perspectives and ideas.

From 1972 to 1976 she organized 25 such conferences. One brought together members of Los Angeles street gangs, police officials, crime victims and more. All participants met as equal members of the community, she wrote in Conscious Evolution, trying to work out something together.

A pivotal moment in Ms. Hubbards life came in 1966, when she had a particularly strong spiritual vision.

In a flash, I was catapulted into the future, and I could see a few frames ahead in the movie of creation, she said. She saw human knowledge and social systems meshing into a positive, empathetic force.

What Christ and all the great beings came to earth to reveal is, Were one, were whole, were good, were universal, she said, an insight that came with the message Go tell the story, Barbara.

Her eldest son, Wade, died in 2008, and her longtime partner, Sidney Lanier, died in 2013. She is survived by a son, Lloyd; three daughters, Woodleigh Hubbard, Suzanne Hubbard and Alexandra Morton; two sisters, Jacqueline Barnett and Patricia Ellsberg; a brother, Louis Marx Jr.; a half brother, Curtis Marx; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Though many of Ms. Hubbards ideas were somewhat esoteric, one that she expressed in the 1984 address to the Democratic National Convention involved a very practical rebranding.

Eighty percent of our scientific and technological genius is focused on killing, she said.

We must bring together the genius now focused in the War Room in a Peace Room in the White House, she continued. Its purpose will be to defeat the real enemies of humanity: hunger, disease, illiteracy, poverty and war.

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Conscious Evolution – ISHK

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There is now a wealth of physiological and psychological data on the mechanics of consciousness, such as our sensory selection system and linear experience of time. Scientists know how these mechanics evolved for survival and how they limit and distort our perception, contributing to the seemingly intractable problems in the modern world: misdirection of effort in medicine and education; ecological shortsightedness; propensity to brainwashing; the constant failure to understand people from different parts of the world.

In our highly secularized world, we are prone to identify these mechanics as the sum total of our human nature. But we know they are not. Modern research also points to more advanced capacities in our nature capacities often associated with the brains right hemisphere such as context formation, intuition, or whole-patterned thought. Though latent or less developed, these capacities are in evidence at the very heart of human creativity. They are reflected in our art, literature, music, scientific inspiration even in the gravity-defying moves of a skilled basketball player.

Recognizing the pitfalls in our automatic default mindset and the need to train more advanced capacities are not new themes in human history. We find them in myths and stories that recur in all times and cultures, in the core insights of the worlds great religions, in the writings of great thinkers such as Plato and Al Ghazzali.

The gift of modern science has been an expanded framework for taking charge of our own evolution for creative, focused application of new and traditional insights to education, health care, communication, resource planning, and international relations. What we do with this gift may well be the key to our continued survival.

ISHKs current project, God 4.0, provides widespread access to the information we need to advance human potential. It is our hope that the development of these ideas will help us secure a future where humanity can unite around a common higher perspective.

Further reading on conscious evolution:By Robert Ornstein:The Psychology of Consciousness,The Evolution of Consciousness,The Right Mind,New World New Mind (with Paul Ehrlich)

The Sufis by Idries ShahThinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind by Robin Dunbar & Clive GambleSocial: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect by Matthew D. Lieberman

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Conscious Life Expo

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We live in an evolving universe, in an orgasmic nuclear dance of consciousness. Everything is changing, evolving, transforming. Wise men and women throughout history have tried to define the nature of the reality in which they found themselves. Myriad models have existed- most have fallen into the historical garbage heap, others cling by threads. We, these generations, are creating a new model. Is it all figured out and defined? No. Do we know some of the elements of what this future model might look like? Yes.

The primary intention of the Conscious Life Expo Conference and Exposition is to participate in the conscious co-creation of a new world, a world based on new paradigms in science, in spirituality, in longevity, in local and global community, in relationship, in health and well-being.

And while we co-create this new wholistic model through our authentic self expression, we also participate in a powerful and passionate celebration of life and love. The Expo is a three-day gathering of the tribes, a three-day celebration of evolution and consciousness and a three-day brainstorming session on who we are, where we are and where we are going.

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Evolution Unlimited | Resolve to Evolve

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This page embraces all the ways evolution can be pursued consciously. It deals not only with the biological evolution that so many of us are familar with (which can become conscious with bioengineering and social selection), but also with individual, cultural, organizational, and technological evolution, and the evolution of consciousness, itself.

On this wiki, the term conscious evolution refers to change undertaken intentionally as part of a larger progressive development -- especially informed by -- or as part of -- the epic of evolution or the Great Story of evolution.

Conscious evolution always involves intentionality, exercised with a degree of awareness of relevant factors (context, causative dynamics, possibilities, etc.). Some people believe it also involves wisdom, informing intentions with broader, deeper, more systemic, longer-term, and nuanced perspectives.

There is widespread concern that unconscious -- poorly understood, unwise, often unintentional -- developments in humanity's large scale activities are generating crises and potential catastrophes including extinctions, climate change, and unnecessary human suffering.

This has led to growing demand for more thoughtfully intentional development of social organization, technology, and even consciousness. The processes of nature, including the lessons of evolution, are rich with guidance for such development.

Our efforts to consciously develop life-serving, responsive, self-organizing human and natural systems constitute a new facet of the evolutionary process, itself. This conscious evolutionary activity is a natural expression of the universes developmental creativity and a milestone in its progress.

Some believe that this shift in evolutionary dynamics constitutes an "evolutionary leap." Specifically, the social systems, technologies, and consciousness that arose out of the processes of evolution are now -- for the first time -- being consciously applied to those evolutionary processes. In a sense, evolution -- in its human aspect -- can now consciously shape its own processes and direction. This is evolutionary news.

Furthermore, a civilization capable of conscious self-evolution would be a thoroughly new type of life form to add to the remarkable achievements of our alive, evolving universe.

A significant challenge in our conscious evolutionary undertaking will be, therefore, to learn more about evolutionary dynamics and how we might apply them to the development of ourselves and our lives, technologies, societies, and world.

Intentionality implies choice. Much of what is unfolding in natural and human environments today is being generated by the choices of individuals and institutions -- but it is happening at a different level than the choices were made. We choose to drive our cars, but did not choose to generate climate change.

Furthermore, just as our choices affect the state of the larger systems we are part of, so the structures and conditions of those systems affect the the choices we make. We often choose to drive our cars rather than ride our bicycles because the places we need to travel to are so distant (because of our car culture) and there are so many highways in the way (because of our car culture) that using our bikes is very impractical.

Conscious evolution thus necessarily involves becoming aware of the various levels of reality at which our choices are (or could be) causing effects, and further becoming aware of the systemic (and other unconscious) factors affecting our choices. This awareness increases our ability to generate the effects we desire with the choices we make.

There are many realms in which conscious evolution can be pursued. Some are listed below. The dynamics, challenges and stories associated with each can be explored on the linked pages. Furthermore, many of us have had epiphanies, revelations, and reflections regarding conscious evolution, which we can share through the "personal essays" links at the bottom of this page.

Tom Atlee's initial take on conscious evolution

Lion Kimbro on Conscious Evolution

Center for Human Emergence Synergizing the work of John Peterson, Don Beck, Ken Wilber, Andrew Cohen, and others.

Center for Conscious Evolution - Barbara Marx Hubbard's Gatway to Conscious Evolution website

Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential book by Barbara Marx Hubbard

The Graduate Institute's Masters Degree in Conscious Evolution Master of Arts degree in Evolutionary Spirituality, Sacred Activism and Transformative Education

Journal of Conscious Evolution ART, CONSCIOUSNESS, TIME, CULTURE, AND EVOLUTION, edited by Allan Combs and Sean M. Avila Saiter

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For most of us, spiritual evolution does not occur simply as a result of one flash of insight or revelation. On the contrary, it usually requires inspired intention and consistent, diligent effort. And the way this is achieved is through the greatest gift that evolution has given us: the power of choice.

The power of conscious choice, or free agency, is unique to human beings as far as we know. You and I are highly evolved individuated selves who have been blessed with the extraordinary capacity for self-reflective awareness and the freedom to choose. In fact, these are the very faculties that make it possible for us to consciously evolve. Think about it: You, whoever you are, at least to some degree have the power to choose. How much do you really appreciate the significance of this extraordinary birthright? It is surprising how few people consider the deeper implications of possessing the freedom to choose. Just imagine -- without free agency, who would you be? Little more than a robot, unconsciously responding and reacting to conditioned egoic fears and desires, cultural triggers, biological impulses, and external stimuli, with no control over your own destiny. But while it is true that we are all profoundly influenced by many of these forces, both inner and outer, at the same time, it is equally true that we always have at least some measure of freedom to choose how we respond.

If you aspire to become an evolutionarily enlightened human being, your ability to do so depends upon accepting the simple fact that independent of external circumstances, you always have a measure of freedom to choose. That sounds like a simple statement, but it's amazing how many intelligent people will deny it. When you look honestly for yourself, however, you will see that it is true: you are always choosing. Sometimes your choices are conscious; sometimes they are unconscious. Sometimes they are inspired by the best parts of yourself; other times they are motivated by lower impulses and instincts. But the bottom line is that every time you act or react, at some level a choice is being made. And you, whoever you are, are the one who is making that choice. After all, who else could it be?

Conscious evolution is a simple concept to grasp, but not quite as simple to put into in practice. Our freedom to choose is not unlimited. We each have some measure of freedom. Not complete freedom, but a measure, and that measure is greater for some people than it is for others. But as long as there is some it's enough to begin. If there is a measure of freedom then there is freedom to choose.

What that means is that in relationship to the important choices you make, you are never completely unconscious. There is always some degree of awareness, however small, which gives you the freedom to choose. And the path of conscious evolution is about increasing that degree of awareness, increasing that measure of freedom, until you are living as the enlightened self that you consciously choose to be, rather than the unenlightened self you have unconsciously and habitually identified with your entire life.

I believe that it is possible to take responsibility for the entirety of who you are in such a profound way that you can consciously choose who you want to be. But that doesn't mean it will be easy. The human self is by nature a complex multidimensional process, and within that process are many factors that limit our freedom and obscure our awareness. There are powerful biological instincts that still drive us on a deep level to act in ways that challenge our higher rational inclinations. There are all the karmic consequences of our personal history, the emotional and psychological tendencies that have formed in response to our particular life experience. There are layers of cultural conditioning, values and assumptions about how things should be that color our perspectives without us even knowing it. And many people believe that within our psyches we also carry the unresolved stories of previous lifetimes. All these factors play a part in the complex web of motives and impulses that makes up your sense of self. All of this is you. And yet it is possible to take responsibility for all of these dimensions of who you are, through the transformative recognition that you are always the one who is choosing.

If you aspire to evolve, if you intend to become a conscious vehicle for the evolutionary impulse, you have to use the God-given powers of awareness and conscious choice to navigate between your new and higher spiritual aspirations, and all of the conditioned impulses and habits that are embedded in your self-system. You need to become so conscious that you can make choices that move you, consistently, in an evolutionary direction. And it is only through the wholehearted embrace of your power of choice that it becomes possible for you to do this. This is what I often call "enlightening the choosing faculty" -- bringing the light of consciousness, conscience and higher purpose to bear on the unique and extraordinary capacity within that can define your destiny.

Eventually, if you go far enough in your spiritual development, the self-generated momentum of your own evolutionary choices will become the driving force of your life, rather than the unconscious habits of the past. And that's when something very profound occurs. Your capacity to choose will become more and more aligned with the creative freedom of the evolutionary impulse, the energy and intelligence behind the initial choice to become. When free agency, the greatest gift of the evolved human, is liberated from unconscious and habitual patterns and becomes identified with a higher or cosmic will, the individual becomes a conscious agent of evolution.

When your power of choice aligns itself with the evolutionary impulse in this way, your own deepest, heart-felt, spiritual aspiration becomes one with the original cosmic intention to create the universe. That's what Evolutionary Enlightenment is pointing to. To the degree to which you make conscious and transcend those outdated biological, psychological, and cultural habits within yourself that are inhibiting your higher development, you become an ever-more-powerful agent for conscious evolution.

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About Us Collective Evolution

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Collective Evolutionis a conscious media and education company focused on helping to shift our world through two key avenues:

News Media reporting on world events through a truly neutral lens, and exploring the role these events play in the evolution of human consciousness.

Consciousness Education Providing viewers with the solutions and tools necessary to build self-awareness, expand consciousness, connect with self and be an integral part of shifting our world.

Founded by Joe Martino 2009, CE has grown to become one of the worlds most popularconscious media outlets that provides readers and viewers an opportunity to expand their consciousness, unlock their potential and reshape their everyday way ofbeing.

CEs unique formula merges consciousnessand spirituality with all aspects of life and events we experience on a regular basis.

CEs content ranges from articles, to videos, to podcasts, to live events, all of which share one common goal: to raise awareness about how our world functions, and to encourage conscious change that moves beyond it.

All CE content is brought into conscious existence by an awesome, (but not too awesome) dynamic (but not too dynamic) community of writers, filmmakers, editors, speakers and other phenomenally creative minds but not too phenomenal.

To contact CE for radio or media appearances please use our contact form found byclickingthe contact menu button.

Joe Martino talks about the journey of creating CE during his TEDx talk.

Joe MartinoAlanna KetlerDulce Ruby

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Facebook:facebook.com/CollectiveEvolutionPageInstagram:instagram.com/collective_evolutionPodcast:The Collective Evolution PodcastTwitter:twitter.com/collectiveevolYouTube:youtube.com/CEvolutionTV

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Conscious Media Movement CE Explorers Lounge

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In October of 2016, we raised $76,000 to help kickstart our new conscious news platform. With this platform we hoped to have a daily recap, a lot more investigative journalism and do regular video stories. We wanted to fill a missing gap in the way quality news was told from a truth and conscious perspective.

The money raised was a big help in getting things started, however by Dec of the same year, we saw a 35% reach cut on Facebook, essentially meaning a 35% cut to our revenue.

By June 2017, we saw another 20% cut, and by Dec 2017, another 30%.

This meant that while we had some kickstart money to begin a large project, we also lost most of our momentum and steam from our reach and other revenue sources, and eventually had to slow things down on the project. In 2017 we posted a loss of over $250,000 as a result of revenue cuts by Facebook.

So we re-focused and began building new ways of generating revenue to get ourselves to a point where we could thrive. However, more reach cuts came in 2018.

It wasnt until July 2018 when we started putting up monthly numbers where we were no longer losing money. As of Novemeber, 2018, we have not been able to expand much beyond this and are currently not fully sustaining.

We have plans with our new CETV platform to generate revenue, but because we opted not to generate any kickstart funding because of what happened in the past, it has been a grind.

As of Dec 26th, 2018, we have launched CETV and hope to get our company on track by mid 2019 and then bring our news station project back into the picture.

A big part of why we are doing this CMM campaign is to get consistent and secure revenue so we can do our work.

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About Jack ButlerJack Butler is a social entrepreneur, coach, workshop leader and speaker. His latest venture provides full spectrum human development through coaching, programmes and other development resources for leaders and entrepreneurs. He founded Future Foundations (www.future-foundations.co.uk), a leading youth personal development training organization. He is a professional member of the International Enneagram Association and a former fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Jack was the IAB 2007 Young Entrepreneur of the Year runner-up and took a double first class degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Jack spends his time between London and Brighton in the UK and Boulder, CO and the Bay Area in the US. In his spare time, he enjoys physical challenges (3 Peaks Challenge 2010, Tresco Marathon 2006) and supporting The Simultaneous Policy Organisation (www.simpol.org.uk). He is a Partner in Passion and Purpose of the Grubb Guild, a voracious reader of personal, cultural and spiritual development, and likes to inquire, journal, travel and write.

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