Mitchell Rabin Dialogues with Author, Scientist & Former Monk, Kurt Johnson

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johnson kurt speakingWed., Dec. 26, 6pm, EST:  This evening, Mitchell Rabin’s guest is renowned author, scientist and former monk, leader of the inter-spiritual Movement, Kurt Johnson.   

We will be looking at a series of extraordinary events the are coming up in the next few months in general and in NYC in particular.  We’ll also be discussing what we need to do to preserve our planet at this tenuous moment in human history.  We’ll look at systems, patterns, the meaning of the solstice and cycles we’ve been able to identify as well as tendencies of human nature, toward altruism, toward cooperation, in the name of the basis of survival and evolutionary growth.

Kurt is well known internationally as a scientist, comparative religionist, social activist and former monastic. With a PhD in evolution, ecology, systematics, and comparative biology plus extensive training in comparative religion and philosophy, he was associated professionally for twenty years with the American Museum of Natural History and also the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. Ordained in three spiritual traditions, he is widely regarded as the closest associate of Brother Wayne Teasdale, the founder of the modern “interspiritual movement,” and works also with the international Contemplative Alliance and Father Thomas Keating, founder of the Centering Prayer Movement. In science,

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Kurt has published over 200 professional articles and seven books on evolution and ecology. His popular book Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius (co-authored with New York Times journalist Steve Coates) was a “ten best” book in science in 2000 at Booklist, Library Journal, the Washington Post and HMS Beagle and “Editor’s Choice for 1999” at The Seattle Times. Johnson and Teasdale cofounded the international Interspiritual Dialogue association in 2002, which presented at the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions and then expanded to become the virtual Interspiritual Multiplex web resource. Today’s show will focus on altruism in an adaptive and evolutionary context, calling upon contemporary neuro-science which contradicts the idea of “survival of the fittest”  typically attributed to Darwin and which is an assumption that has permeated our cultural attitudes, beliefs and thinking, despite the lack of science to corroborate it.  So this will be de-bunked this evening and a more elegant, evolutionary tapestry of what is biologically accurate and spiritually possible will be offered, asserted and mapped for general consideration.

Kurt has been a guest on A Better World Radio several times over the years, back in the days of A Better World on Progressive Radio Network and since. Mitchell and Kurt serve on the Board of Directors of FIONS, Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in NYC and have multiple weavings of pioneering activity together in the inter-spiritual and sacred activism space.

among other things, Mitchell discusses the meaning of the Winter Solstice and mental and as a result, historical patterns which tend to repeat yet healthiest would be to learn from our experience.

This is Kurt’s most recent article, published in Kosmos Journal. 

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