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The Awakening Earth

Our Next Evolutionary Leap, 1st Edition

By Peter Russell


240 pages

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Originally published in 1982 The Awakening Earth explores the idea of the Earth as a collective, self-regulatory living organism, and considers in this context, the function of the human race. The book provides an exploration of humanity’s potential and explores the possibility of mankind’s evolutionary future. Drawing on the work of physicists, psychologists, philosophers and mystics, the book argues that humanity is on the verge of another evolutionary leap and explores evolution in the context of spiritual growth, arguing that widespread inner awakenings could lead to a more analogous society, functioning as a single social super-organism, much in the way cells in a body function as a biological organism.

Table of Contents




1 The Blue Pearl

Part I: Evolution Past, Present and Future

2. Evolution so Far

3. Hidden Orders in Evolution

4. The Increasing Tempo of Evolution

5. Our Evolving Society

6. The Emergence of a Social Super-Organism

The Journey So Far

Part II: Inner Evolution


7. The Skin-Encapsulated Ego

8. The Quest for Unity

9. Awakening the Self

10. The Spiritual Renaissance

11. On the Threshold

12. Towards the High Synergy Society

13. Choosing the Future


14. Beyond Gaia

Further Reading


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Evolution

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1913 and 1997, draw together research by leading academics in the area of evolution and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines evolution from a broad range of disciplines, from the anthropological development of modern society, to the scientific examinations of cellular and genetic evolution. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, natural history, anthropology, sociology and religion. The 16 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into the psychological evolution of the brain, philosophical and theological examinations of evolution, analysis of genetic and cellular evolution, discussions of Darwinian theory, the affect of survival of the fittest from both genetic and political standpoints and examinations into the affinity between man and ape. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of evolution and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and anthropology, but of history, psychology and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General