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President's Address: Cosmic Epics And Global Ethics

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This introductory chapter presents a short version of a grand, sweeping story of time that takes to the limits of temporal knowledge. Cosmic Epics integrate scientific cosmological research and the history of terrestrial life into a tale of evolving complexity where human beings constitute a tiny blip at the end. &t;Global Ethics,&t; considers different ways to understand the evolution of complexity and connect it to an ethos that might lead us to contemplate and create sustainable futures for humanity. The chapter highlights briefly some guiding insights gleaned from two recent Cosmic Epics. The first is Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams's The View from the Center of the Universe. The second is Eric Chaisson's Epic of Evolution.

Keywords: Cosmic Epics; Global Ethics



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