It 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 scientific method.
Paul 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 universe.
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 views of a scholar, here graduate student, and here for past events by Paul.
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 Children of a Living Universe, We've Never Been Alone; 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.
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.
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. He describes some of the evidence in a chapter he contributed to an anthology on lost civilations and the realities of their myths.
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 book, The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation, based on primarily self-identified and objectively evaluated cases of possible linear reincarnation was published in 2008. (Follow-up book due in 2015.) 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. We've Never Been Alone (or the earlierGods, Genes & Consciousness) focuses on the origins of the three major Western supernatural religions.
Children of a Living Universe:Discovering Our Legacy Will Change Our Future by Paul Von Ward
This book fills gaps in the incomplete scientific model used in modern physics and biological sciences — gaps now recognized by scientists like Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose. The natural science and philosophy approach of this book offers a new model to fill in these gaps. Click here for more detail.
Read a review of the book for a general audience by author and editor Joyce Shafer.
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We've Never Been Alone: A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention by Paul Von Ward 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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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.
Paul Von Ward with Mariam Knight, Robert S. Thomas, and Marie-Alix Ravel on the philosophy and research that guides the work in this website and books.
Join the conversation as we uncover a core of ancient wisdom with the latest scientific perspective on human origins, Earth history, and our role in a self-creating, self-learning, conscious universe. We’ll find solutions to today’s dogmatic clashes of scientism and supernaturalism, releasing us to become citizens of a galactic community.
Sundays, 9, 16, 3 February 2014 3-PART ONLINE SEMINAR COSMIC BEINGS IN SPACE/TIME: Evolving Bodies and Transcending Minds
In May 2010 I examined archaeologist Semir Osmanagic's discovery of huge, ancient pyramidal structures and tunnels with artifacts dated from 3,500 to 12,000 BP or earlier. In a TV interview after that visit Iurged a UNESCO-level of research. While most American archaeologists had turned a blind eye, I concluded that an international team would find even more tangible evidence. Some of the interim research is described here. However, in summer 2013, the international research team dated organic material inside the casing around 29,000 BP and a stone artifact around 20,000 BP. See the dating reports and photos here. This research is consistent with my human periods in We've Never Been Alone. Bookmark the Bosnian Pyramids for updates and new research.
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 discusses his theory of how advanced beings intervened in human history with Gary Mantz and Suzanne Mitchell in this mp3 file. Check out their show.
Listen to Paul's discussion of We've Never Been Alone with NCR Radio host Miriam Knight here. The human origin of God is postulated here. Hear research about ancient events that bring "the lost secrets of the gods" into human history at this Paul Von Ward interview with Jim Harold.
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.
Paul Von Ward C-Realm Discussion With Larry Lowe!
Grounded in the first version of Gods, Genes & Consciousness and its newer version in We've Never Been Alone on C-Realm Podcast
This discussion explores the central themes of Paul's work on: — 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
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.
A Review of We've Never Been Alone
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 Our Solarian Legacy included below has been replaced by a new version titled by Children of a Living Universe on-line and in book stores. Readers can get a copy of Our Solarian Legacy by used book sellers. A new copy can be obained from the author by clicking here. A copy of The Soul Genome image on the left orders a printed version and the image to your right is for an eBook version. Click here for budget PDF of The Soul Genome.