About the Book
We’ve all heard about fossils and fruit flies, Darwin and Dawkins. But what if our current scientific understanding of evolution was just the tip of the iceberg? What if there’s a way to see evolution that could transform not just your understanding of the physical world, but also your most fundamental sense of self-identity? A perspective that could give you a rational, intellectually informed sense of optimism for the future, or even a new source of insight and inspiration?
In this groundbreaking book, Phipps introduces a movement of visionary scientists, philosophers, and spiritual thinkers who are quietly forging this new understanding of evolution. Their contribution, he posits, may one day be seen as equaling the Western Enlightenment in its dramatic, culture-changing power. He calls them “Evolutionaries,” and his book provides the first popular guide to these exciting minds who are illuminating the secrets of our past and expanding the vistas of our future.
What People Are Saying
“This beautifully written book is not only a splendid survey of evolutionary thought and its spiritual implications. It is also a significant contribution to the increasingly important conversation between the natural sciences and our spiritual traditions. Enthusiastically recommended.”
—John F. Haught,
Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center and Former Chair and Professor of the Department of Theology at Georgetown University
“A profound and profoundly important new work. With clarity and deep understanding, Carter Phipps walks us through the great evolutionary pioneers and their ideas in this extraordinary philosophy, making the book absolutely indispensable for lay and professional alike. The very highest recommendation!”
author of A Brief History of Everything and The Integral Vision
“Essential reading for anyone who cares about humanity’s future and our role in creating a better one. Evolutionaries, is a brilliant, accessibly written, and eye-opening book”
—Barbara Marx Hubbard,
author of Conscious Evolution
“We live in one of those rare historical moments when the deepest metaphysical questions are being turned over and examined as we search for a new orientation for the next millennium. It would be hard to find a better guide into this fascinating conversation than Carter Phipps’s Evolutionaries.”
Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe and Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies
“Brilliantly expands our understanding of evolution. Evolutionaries is going to help create a worldview that will influence our understanding of the future direction of evolution and also our role in consciously participating in it.”
author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
“No one has their head and heart around the full range of evolutionary worldviews like Carter Phipps.”
—Reverend Michael Dowd,
author of Thank God for Evolution
“Phipps offers a challenging reexamination of the connection between the ‘evolutionary dynamics of the universe and the very being of the divine.’… Thoughtful and provocative.”
“A rare book, equally delightful and deep, Phipps explores how our growing knowledge about the evolutionary process catalyzes nothing less than a revolutionary understanding of ourselves.”
Author of Mother Daughter Revolution: From Good Girls to Great Women
CARTER PHIPPS is an author, speaker, and thought leader who works at the intersection of business, personal development, and culture. His books include Conscious Leadership (Portfolio, 2020), coauthored with Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey and Steve McIntosh, and Evolutionaries (Harper Perennial, 2012). Carter hosts the Thinking Ahead podcast, and is cofounder and Managing Director of the Institute for Cultural Evolution, a social policy think-tank. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Carter Phipps is an author, journalist, speaker, leader, and consultant. His work has focused on understanding the nature of both individual and cultural development. With his writings, dialogues, an interviews, he has been a contributor to the emerging “integral” or “evolutionary” cultural movement which combines the insights of Integral Philosophy, evolutionary science, developmental psychology, and the social sciences. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution, a non-profit social policy institute, whose mission is to bring new insights on the evolution of culture to the arena of politics and social policy.
He lives in California.