Applied Cosmic Anthropology
-Asian Social Institute (ASI)

Basic orientation

This site is all about Cosmic Anthropology: its meanings, its attendant principles, its perspective for viewing reality, and its approaches to solving the problems. It forms the basic framework and model around which the five subjects I taught in class are anchored.

While Cosmic Anthropology is an emerging paradigm now discussed in the academic circles, this view of looking at reality is not really something new, since our ancient ancestors, and even today’s indigenous peoples and tribal communities, have always been using the cosmic perspective in understanding the meaning of their existence and their role in this vast universe of ours. Interestingly, however, the physical sciences -- most especially cosmology, astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, medical sciences, neurosciences -- starting from the 20th century have already been discussing  issues which used to be the domain of religion, mysticism, theology, esotericism, occultism, philosophy, and theology.

Propelled by the discovery of quantum physics and heavily utilizing the methods of science and the language of mathematics and calculus, scientists are now freely discussing such issues as extraterresterial life and civilization, parallel universes, multiverse as against universe, time-space travel, intelligent design, anthropic principle, energy or spirit realm, etc. which have their parallelisms in the subjects discussed in the world's ancient religions. Recently, the physical sciences have even dared discuss such paranormal phenomena as telepathy, mind reading, teleportation, bilocation, invisibility, astral projection, dreams, spirituality, and many other occurrences that do not normally depend on the information perceived by our five physical senses from the objective world.

In the meantime, arts and humanities -- which include such disciplines as philosophy, theology, religion, and mysticism -- are now adopting the methods of science and utilizing its findings in their quest for the ultimate truth about our reality.

What could all this indicate? The boundaries between and among the various disciplines are getting thinner and thinner and a new approach, which is tending towards multidisciplinary dialogues and exchanges, interdisciplinary cooperation, holism or universalism, has emerged. Every discipline is crossing each other's boundaries in search of the truth. In the process, scientists have become mystics and vice versa. And many feel that this "crossing over" into other disciplines has created a vacuum which needs to be filled up by another overarching paradigm. Indeed, every discipline is now in search of that  "Ultimate Theory of Everything" which can give sense and meaning to all existing highly specialized theories of everything.

In developing the subject of Cosmic Anthropology, I am utilizing the approaches and methods of the physical and social sciences, as a take-off point, in trying to respond to the fundamental questions of humanity – who are we, where and how did we appear, what is our future and destiny. I will proceed by comparing the views of Science with that of Mysticism, which is used here to refer to the world's major religious or spiritual beliefs like Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Theosophy, Kabbalah, New Age, etc., including ancient beliefs of the world's tribal peoples and communities.

The overall objective is to highlight some parallelisms, similarities, commonalities, even, differences, and convergences (if there are any at all) in terms of their principles, beliefs, approaches, methodologies, programs, and so on. And this is generally what Cosmic Anthropology is all about. The contribution of Cosmic Anthropology is explored in terms of the application of the commonalities to the transformation of individuals and societies.

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