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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
Most people believe our universe was either created supernaturally by a divine entity or that everything exists as the result of natural occurrences devoid of any creative, organizing force. But could there be another explanation for how things came to be? Could it be that the evolution of superior forms of intelligence is part of a greater narrative, written before the birth of our universe? Tony Sunderland tells the story in two parts: first is the story of the relentless struggle of our genes across time, and the cultural attempts to transcend our predetermined genetic nature—both personal and societal. In the second part, he discusses the constant spiritual yearning that lives within each of us, and urges us to envision life as more than mere survival. But this unique trait has also been abused and manipulated by other (usually religiously inspired) forces.
Tony Sunderland has written a profoundly intensive study of evolution by natural selection and intelligence, coupled with the concept of the internal spirit, rather than an omniscient/omnipotent creator that drives humanity forward; a spiritual yearning for the truths of the universe, our lives, and the interconnection of the whole. This is not the spiritual of an omniscient /omnipotent god; rather, the inner spirit genetically passed to successive generations that strives to improve, to discover, learn and transcend earthly bonds. The historical interpretation provided at the beginning of Our Godless Universe is exceptionally interesting, as it differs dramatically from what most of us have been taught and told to believe. Following the recounting of how we got to where we are is a masterpiece of investigative and philosophical discovery, and the results of that are also scary, particularly the interface between humanity and AI and the advances made toward trans-humanism!