Endorsements

Endorsements

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Ted Chu is a pioneering visionary whose futurist concern deserves close attention. He is keenly aware that technological expertise is on the brink of reshaping our world and  humanity dramatically.”

From the Foreword by John Haught
Professor Emeritus of Theology at Georgetown University
Author of Deeper Than Darwin
 

“Ted Chu brings an astonishing breadth of philosophical, religious, and technological reflection to bear on the most important questions we could ask: where are we headed as a species? Clearly written and accessible to the lay reader, this work adds a uniquely global perspective to futurist literature.”

James Hughes, PhD
Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Bioethicist and sociologist at Trinity College and author of Citizen Cyborg
 

“Ted Chu’s elegantly written and well-researched book is a contemporary transhumanist reprise of Nietzsche’s ideal of the Overman.  .  .  . It has, for me at least, the same status as Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near, which surely helped to inspire Ted’s well-informed vision of the future. If we are sufficiently courageous and daring, he tells us, we can fulfill our cosmic destiny by making possible modes of intelligence far greater than our own. Even critics of his ‘Cosmic Vision’ will find Chu’s book required reading.”

Michael E. Zimmerman, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder

This seminal book is essential reading for every pioneering spirit on Earth. It will help us deal with our current crises, which are drivers toward our universal future when we will head into realms beyond the  imagination of most of us. Yet, in Dr. Chu, we have a wise guide, and I for one will gladly learn from his immense erudition how we can best participate in the next quantum jump. “

Barbara Marx Hubbard
President and Founder, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
Author of Conscious Evolution 

Do not postpone your reading of this book. It comes at a crucial time when humanity’s capacity to actively change the course of ‘natural selection’ is growing exponentially. . . . It will certainly take any reader out of their present comfort zone and lead them to question many assumptions they may have. There is no doubt that any reader of Chu’s book will feel empowered and will feel very differently after reading it, both about their own lives and about the universe itself.”

Hans R. Herren, PhD, entomologist and agronomist; winner of the World Food Prize (1995) and the Right Livelihood Award (2013); president of the Millennium Institute and the Biovision Foundation

“Ted Chu thinks big. . . [But] is this science fiction on steroids? [This book does not raise mere] abstract philosophical questions, but [questions that are] a matter of great practicality and urgency.  With artificial life and robots coming to replace us, we humans need a deep, thoughtful, civil, and above all inter-generational discussion of the issues Chu raises.”

Gerald O. Barney, PhD
Director, “The Global 2000 Report to the President” for President Jimmy Carter
Founder of the Millennium Institute and of Our Task

“Dr. Chu’s wide-ranging knowledge and cross-cultural wisdom allows him to as easily quote from Darwin and Spinoza, as from Confucius and Japanese Zen Master Ikkyu. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a detailed and judicious yet joyful account of a Cosmic Vision toward which we all may aspire and work.”

Michael LaTorra
Assistant Professor of English, New Mexico State University
Author of A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao

More Lengthy Endorsements

“Do not postpone your reading of this book. It comes at a crucial time when humanity’s capacity to actively change the course of ‘natural selection’ is growing exponentially. It is important to rethink where we are going even as we tinker with life—to consider deeply what higher goals we are trying to achieve. Ted Chu’s enduring optimism about our future evolution, however it’s measured, is both refreshing and challenging at the same time. It will certainly take any reader out of their present comfort zone and lead them to question many assumptions they may have. There is no doubt that any reader of Chu’s book will feel empowered and will feel very differently after reading it, both about their own lives and about the universe itself.”

—Hans R. Herren, PhD, entomologist and agronomist; winner of the World Food Prize (1995) and the Right Livelihood Award (2013); president of the Millennium Institute and the Biovision Foundation

“One of the most important issues confronting us is our place in the universe, or multiverse. Added to a list of distinguished thinkers—such as Einstein, Russell, Whitehead, and de Chardin, and many others—now we have Dr. Ted Chu. His new book is truly thought-provoking and eye-opening. For any would-be reader, this book is both intellectually stimulating and spiritually rewarding. Dr. Chu’s meticulous scholarship, interdisciplinary training, and encyclopedic knowledge are to be commended. He urges us to free ourselves from the age-old parochial or even global vision to a more comprehensive, cosmic one. He makes his case in a positive and constructive way with penetrating insight and convincing argument.”

—Ching-lin Wang, PhD, Area Study Specialist at the Library of Congress; former history professor at the Soochow University (Taiwan)

“Ted Chu is a pioneering visionary whose futurist concern deserves close attention. He is keenly aware that technological expertise is on the brink of reshaping our world and humanity dramatically. . . It is now conceivable to many thoughtful people that the human period of evolution may eventually turn out to be a transitional chapter in cosmic history. How are we to address such a prospect? In the remote cosmic future will human history appear to be anything more than an ephemeral crossing over to more fascinating episodes in an enormously inventive cosmic narrative whose eventual playing out is currently unimaginable? If you care about such questions, read this book.”

From the Foreword by John Haught, Professor Emeritus of Theology at Georgetown University; author of Deeper Than Darwin

“With deep reverence for the long philosophical, spiritual, and historical journey of humanity in our first phase of conscious evolution, Dr. Chu leads us gently yet powerfully toward the Second Stage of Conscious Evolution wherein we become ‘posthuman’—the next phase of evolution itself when we will witness the emergence of the ‘Cosmic Being,’ as Chu calls it. With almost 14 billion years behind us, we probably have even more billions of years ahead of us. Certainly current Homo sapiens sapiens is not the last model of evolution, on this one tiny planet among billions of others. I believe that his seminal book is essential reading for every pioneering spirit on Earth. It will help us deal with our current crises, which are drivers toward our universal future when we will head into realms beyond the imagination of most of us. Yet, in Dr. Chu, we have a wise guide, and I for one will gladly learn from his immense erudition how we can best participate in the next quantum jump.

—Barbara Marx Hubbard, Founder and President, Foundation for Conscious Evolution; author of Conscious Evolution