Involution — An Odyssey Reconciling Science to God

By Philippa Rees

Religion & spirituality, Psychology & philosophy, Poetry, Hybrid & other | Paperback, eBook


Involution offers an alternative and complementary journey through the scientific assumptions about evolution. Instead it shows consciousness encoded at every cellular level — as memory. Science is the incremental recovery of this memory, through the inspirations of genius — the mavericks that led the human cavalcade. This story is told through two companions Reason and Soul who embark upon a light-hearted poetic journey through creation's evolution and its legacy: memory. Memory's recovery is traced through the intuitions of scientific genius from pre-Socratic Greece, through the epochs of Western thought to the dissolution of Modernism, where mind and matter re-approach their recovered and essential unity. Adding involution to evolution is adding yeast to flour; it bakes a lighter loaf. Saints and scientists break the same bread. What is revealed is the science beyond, one that honours its prophets and restores Man to his origins, his deepest self.


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Involution offers an alternative and complementary journey through the scientific assumptions about evolution. Instead it shows consciousness encoded at every cellular level — as memory. Science is the incremental recovery of this memory, through the inspirations of genius — the mavericks that led the human cavalcade. This story is told through two companions Reason and Soul who embark upon a light-hearted poetic journey through creation's evolution and its legacy: memory. Memory's recovery is traced through the intuitions of scientific genius from pre-Socratic Greece, through the epochs of Western thought to the dissolution of Modernism, where mind and matter re-approach their recovered and essential unity. Adding involution to evolution is adding yeast to flour; it bakes a lighter loaf...


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Philippa's many lives read like fantasy fiction. Born in South Africa in 1941, fatherless before the age of two, she experienced the wildest parts of rural Africa in the care of her grandfather, on safari for weeks inspecting rural African schools with a cook, a tracker and a folding table. The other extreme was imprisonment in boarding schools studying the Metaphysical poets, Theology and the English Monarchy, and always hungry Related to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, it is perhaps not surprising that she should arrived at a poetic narrative for vivid economy and travelling light. The 'leitmotif' of her writing is a celebration of the individual, often eccentric, always out of the mainstream She has lived on (culturally) deserted islands in the Indian Ocean, fishing for supper; at the Max Planck Institute in Bavaria; lectured to mature University students; designed buildings; single handedly built her home, an arts centre and concert hall; raised four daughters, and failed to master the cello. Always reading and writing first. She lives in Somerset in her converted barns with an old collie and a long-suffering husband.


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Philippa's many lives read like fantasy fiction. Born in South Africa in 1941, fatherless before the age of two, she experienced the wildest parts of rural Africa in the care of her grandfather, on safari for weeks inspecting rural African schools with a cook, a tracker and a folding table. The other extreme was imprisonment in boarding schools studying the Metaphysical poets, Theology and the Eng...


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Philippa Rees

Philippa Rees

13 November at 20:43

Thank you to all four who recommended this work. It needs shoulders to the wheel so much appreciated.

Ryan Goodrich

Ryan Goodrich

6 August at 20:05

Definitely my style! I was hooked after the first few lines. A twisted and imaginative journey through the universe of thought provoking matter!

Philippa Rees

Philippa Rees

26 May at 16:59

It is so long since you were kind enough to leave a message on Involution here, and I did not discover it until today. I am so sorry. Thank you for reading, and saying so. Much appreciated.

The iAuthor Team

The iAuthor Team

24 June at 18:55

It's a pleasure, Philippa! Hope you enjoy the iAuthor experience, now and beyond. All best, The iAuthor Team

Philippa Rees

Philippa Rees

24 June at 18:04

The first post ought to thank you for making this possible and so intelligent! Thank you.

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