offers a "bigger picture" than science's conventional view of reality.
In addition to empirical research, it includes intuitive and other
sources of knowledge, but subjects them to verification by the
believes a cosmology based only on a single discipline (whether
physics, astronomy, biology, mathematics, evolutionary theory, or
metaphysics) omits many areas of the human experience of the
universe, including the mind of the cosmologist. Given the quality of
21st-century consciousness research, an interdisciplinary cosmology
would suggest a dimension of consciousness (conterminous, coterminous,
and coincident with matter and energy) animates all life forms in our
Paul first took on the
role of a cosmic puzzle master in researching his book Our Solarian
Legacy. It suggested that ours is a self-learning universe where
all life reflects the conscious, purposeful, adapting, and evolving
nature of its Source. A good overview of this "bigger picture" can
be found at Tom Nielsen's website on Our Enfolded Universe. Click here for definitions of a scholar and here for a graduate student.
WHO IS PAUL VON WARD?
An interdisciplinary cosmologist and independent scholar, Paul is internationally known for the hypothesis of an AB (advanced beings) intervention in human development; his theory of natural spirituality in an
evolving, self-learning universe; and research on the
survival of a personal soul-genome. His current books on these topics are
We've Never Been Alone; Our Solarian Legacy; and The Soul Genome.
Paul's academic background (Florida State, Harvard and other
institutions); his military, diplomatic, international executive career;
and research on five continents keep his provocative publications grounded
in emerging science and credible human experience. (See his CV for educational and career details.)
Paul assumes our universe is multidimensional, part of a living multiverse: With an evolutionary imperative to self-actualize, its inherent processes require struggle, experimentation, and adaptation. This suggests all species, at some level of consciousness, evolve in each generation to co-creatively shape the future of the whole. Worldview example.
Current discussion of the theme — Gods, Genes & Consciousness by Paul Von Ward with Larry Lowe on C-Realm Podcast
This discussion explores the central themes of Paul's work: — the origins of ancient non-human reports — their impact on human history —the implications of this evidence for religions — and why we need to re-examine our past.
Special C-Realm Interview on Gods, Genes & Consciousness
We've Never Been Alone: A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention by Paul Von Ward Now on Amazon.com (book or Kindle). Synthesizing years of research, it provides a comprehensive new perspective on human evolution and Western Civilization. You can't understand the nature of modern human culture and its conflicts without it. Click here for more information.
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Paul Von Ward on Coast to Coast AMRadiowith George Knapp
Twelve 2012 Myths
January 15 from 3 a.m. - 5 a.m. (EST)/ 12 midnight - 2 a.m. (PST)
ENJOY TWO FREE FILMS Two films of Paul's interdisciplinary and cosmological work can be seen for free on Gaiam TV. By using this link you can receive a free 10-day membership for access to all Gaiam TV films, including Paul's. TV host Regina Meredith engages Paul in a mind-boggling tour de force of evidence for a universal consciousness, including the phenomenon of reincarnation.
Paul addresses the four "big picture" events below.
INTERNATIONAL BIG HISTORY ASSOCIATION Big History seeks to understand the integrated history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity, using the best available empirical evidence and scholarly methods. The goals of this group of scholars and educators are very consistent with the "Big Picture" dealt with on this website. Paul presents a paper and participates in a panel at its 2nd annual conference: Big History Overview August, 2-5, 2012 at Grand Valley State University - Allendale, Michigan
Paradigm Symposium Revisioning Our Place in the Universe Paul's presentation and panel discussion: We've Never Been Alone: The Bigger History of Earth & Humans October, 18-21, 2012 — Minneapolis, MN
Paul will also be a speaker at the 2013 Spirits, Shadows, and Secrets International Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland. It encompasses the Bigger Picture of humans on planet Earth and our multidimensionality and transcendence.
Listen to Paul's discussion of We've Never Been Alone with radio/TV hosts:
(1) NCR Radio host Miriam Knight (click here) (2) Canadian TV host Brent Holland (click at picture below)
Paul Discusses "We've Never Been Alone" with George Noory Host of Coast-to-Coast Radio
Corroboration of We've Never Been Alone AB-Intervention Hypothesis
During and following his research for We've Never Been Alone and its earlier version Gods, Genes & Consciousness, Paul has archived reports by other researchers whose unintentional evidence tends to corroborate the AB-Intervention hypothesis. They include material from many academic disciplines and various professions. Over time he will make available on this website their insights and findings that take on new meaning when examined in the context of a human history inextricably interwoven with more advanced species. Check here for occasional postings.
After people read Weve Never Been Alone, they frequently ask Do you believe in God?
After learning of the ordinary AB-human origins of their religion, they want a new concept of God. See response to the right.
Do you know of archaeologist Semir Osmanagic's discovery of pyramidal structures and tunnels with artifacts dated from 3,500 to 12,000 BP or earlier? During a May 2010 site visit Paul urged a UNESCO-level of research. Click here for details and recent events.
Interdisciplinary Cosmology and Human Self-Governance
An interdisciplinary cosmology has ramifications for all aspects of life. Paul's books and articles and other parts of this website deal with them. But given the social, health, environmental, and economic challenges now facing humans, the most fundamental is development of a new system of governance appropriate for 21st-century crises. (Paul contributes to international self-governance.)
By undertaking interdisciplinary research into physical and social evolution, one discovers that we are part of a self-learning and self-evolving universe. It becomes evident that all levels of life are involved in experimentation and change, with both positive and negative ramifications. As significant creatures of such a universe, humans (individuals and in groups) require a comparable form of self-governance in order to survive and fulfill their potential.
For a complex society, some form of representative government is most appropriate for this stage of human evolution. Experiments with such a model have blossomed in many cultures, but the United States is the largest such experiment on the planet. And it is at a point of existential crisis!
In comparison with more successful, but smaller democratic nations, the American society is experiencing a break-down involving its civil society and official institutions. Based on the insights produced by a new approach to history and new scientific discoveries about evolution and the nature of consciousness, this website promotes the circulation of ideas conducive to a more healthy and productive system of self-governance. See articles and comments for this debate at the Self-Governance page.
Von Ward, with host George Knapp on Coast to Coast Radio for two hours on May 22, 2011, discussed the scientific
and cosmological implications of the reincarnation hypothesis. Hear the whole show at the top of this web page on the Reincarnation Experiment link.
BELOW ARE SOME OF THE COSMOLOGICAL ISSUES DEALT WITH IN PAUL'S WORK AND INTRODUCED ON THIS SITE
DO WE KNOW WHO HUMANS ARE, REALLY?
With over six billions of us on Earth, you'd think we should know. But, the fact is that we don't know where we came from, what we're doing here, or how we fit into the "big picture." Read the musing of a poet about the need for a new concept of humankind.
Some think humans are accidents in a chance-driven universe. Others think this universe is a natural result of activities in another universe or cosmos, but have no idea of how that one got started. Others believe we and our universe are the results of causative force, but attributions of "purposefulness" to this "causative force" reflect an almost infinite diversity of worldviews.
Scientists avoid dealing with anomalous aspects of human experience and nature.
Believers fear to examine the origins of their doctrines.
Educators indoctrinate instead of helping students to become self-learners.
Institutions defend beliefs with arrogance and force.
Paul challenges us to question orthodoxy (wherever it is found) and to test its assumptions against the evidence that seems to deny them.
DO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS INTEREST YOU?
What do I really know about the birth of life and the origin of my species?
Does my life experience to-date suggest that human life serves a larger purpose?
What do I assume about reality beyond my physical senses?
What evidence suggests the possible existence of nonhuman life-forms?
How do other species relate to my own?
If the universe has multiple dimensions, how do they affect my life?
What role do humans have in our apparently self-evolving universe?
Paul believes any credible attempt to develop a viable worldview for the 21st century must fully integrate any epistemology available to humans to enhance their knowledge of the universe. Consequently, he works systematically with quantum theory, subtle energies, biological evolution, string theory, genetics, creationism, religion, spirituality, history, archaeology and anthropology, consciousness studies, mind-body interactions, UFO/ET studies, frontier and esoteric science, and other areas of research to synthesize a continually evolving human story.
WORLDVIEWS SHAPE OUR PERCEPTIONS AND BEHAVIORS
Karl Popper wrote "Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths." Our worldviews (implicit, largely subconscious, assumptions about the nature of reality) go far beyond what we really know to include the world of myths and assumptions that are based in faith. In interdisciplinary cosmology we question all of our assumptions, hypothesizing more plausible explanations and testing them against all available data. Read more...
Paul's book Gods, Genes & Consciousness (now in a new version as We've Never Been Alone) analyzed evidence for the "intervention hypothesis," the theory that beings more advanced than humans (ABs) have been, and to some extent still are, involved in human development. His research explores the "ancient astronaut" theory as a plausible explanation for the existence of artifacts that suggest civilizations more advanced than the Neolithic Era people existed prior to the Earth-wide cataclysm of 11,500 BP. His writing include the two new disciplines of exobiology and exopolitics, respectively the search for extra-planetary life forms and nonhuman cultures. (Access this perspective on this website page.) Read more...
Another major area of Paul's current research focuses on evidence for successive reincarnations of individual, transcendent souls. He has developed an Integral Model to test the reincarnation hypothesis. His multi-factor evaluation tool (either professional or self-administered) assesses confidence-levels for possible identification of individual past-life connections. Click here for a brief television interview with Paul that gives an overview of this scientific approach.
Paul's new book, The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation, based on primarily self-identified and objectively evaluated cases of possible linear reincarnation was published in March 2008. The book contains robust case studies that illuminate areas of the human personality and behaviors that have not been previously thought of in terms of reincarnation. Hear Paul on Coast 2 Coast radio.
QUESTIONING SUPERNATURAL ASSUMPTIONS
Paul's books raise questions about the validity and historical authenticity of claims made by religious institutions about the origins of their beliefs and how they came about. Gods, Genes & Consciousness particularly focuses on the origins of the three major Western supernatural religions.
See World History -- and Yourself -- Through a New Lens by Carol Hubbard
Each of us is born into a context that teaches us a particular worldview and interpretation of "reality" -- about the origins of the universe, our planet and human beings. Read more .......
Note regarding book orders. The book Gods, Genes & Consciousness included below is now out in a new version as We've Never Been Alone. The Soul Genome image facing your left orders the printed version and the image to your right is for the eBook version.