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During this interview, cultural pioneer and philosopher Gregory Sams takes a fresh look at our solar benefactor. As Sams sees it cultures throughout the ancient world were right to recognize the Sun as a living, conscious being. The implications of a conscious provider in the sky are startling, though often obvious -- and in harmony with science, logic and common sense. Sun of gOd explores exciting new ground, adding a crucial piece to the jigsaw-puzzle picture we have of the cosmos. In the light of a conscious Sun, Sams looks at our hard-wired tendency for religion, notions of god and divinity, our place in the firmament, star formation, intelligent light, electromagnetism, feedback, chaos theory, free will, the four elements, and the near-universal self-organization of systems from the bottom up. "Could it really be that the universe waited 13.7 billion years -- until we came along -- to manifest the phenomenon of consciousness and made ours the only type of vessel able to experience it?" Sams thinks not. Citing David Bohm's discovery that even on the subatomic level of electrons there appears to be intention and choice, Sams goes on to suggest that creative intelligence may be a botÂ¬tom-up system in which "everything, from a molecule of water to a neuron in our brain to the Sun itself, is a part of the bottom that is subtly steering a greater whole." From this perspective, he smoothly joins the microcosm to the macrocosm, revealing a Universe incorporating both intelligence and design, with no need for an Intelligent Designer.
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The story of Gregory Sams is the remarkable story of the British counter-culture since the 1960’s. In 1967, with his brother Craig, he co-founded Seed restaurant, the first natural and organic eatery in the UK which was frequented by his friends John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This was quickly followed by Ceres Grain Store in the Portobello Road, Harmony Magazine and then Whole Earth foods, the all-organic brand in the early 1970’s. In 1982, he launched the first VegeBurger and was soon selling over 250,000 burgers each week. In the mid-1980’s Gregory dedicated his life to the new scientific ideas of ‘chaos theory’ and founded Strange Attractions, the world’s first ever shop dedicated to chaos theory from which he created and sold computer fractal designs for everything from posters to t-shirts to jigsaw puzzles. His interest in chaos theory led to an interest in consciousness that led to writing his new book Sun of gOd.