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Conscious Evolution
Conscious Evolution
The new evolutionary paradigm
A new phase in the evolution of life on earth has begun

Conscious Evolution includes a truly excellent series of relatively short videos by Rob Cobbold intertwining evolution, psychology, sociology and spirituality. They are readily accessible to newcomers to these ideas, and the approach aligns remarkably well with the overall ethos and purpose of this site.

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The new evolutionary paradigm
A new phase in the evolution of life on earth has begun

Conscious Evolution includes a truly excellent series of relatively short videos by Rob Cobbold intertwining evolution, psychology, sociology and spirituality. They are readily accessible to newcomers to these ideas, and the approach aligns remarkably well with the overall ethos and purpose of this site.

Commentary by TLLP
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Part of the “Manifesto” (by John Stewart) on the website:

A new phase in the evolution of life on earth has begun

In this new phase evolution will be driven intentionally, by humanity.  The evolutionary worldview that emerges from an understanding of our role in the new phase has the potential to transform the nature of human existence.

At present humanity is lost.  We don’t know what we are doing here.  We are without a worldview that can point to our place and purpose in the universe and that can also withstand rational scrutiny.

But this difficult period is coming to an end.  The emergence of the new evolutionary worldview is beginning to lift us out of the abyss.  The new worldview has a unique capacity to reveal who we are and what we should be doing with our lives.  It relies solely on scientific knowledge and reason to identify our critical role in future evolution.  The evolutionary worldview can unite us in a great common enterprise, and provide meaning and purpose for human existence.

At the heart of the evolutionary worldview is the fact that evolution has a trajectory – it heads in a particular direction. However, evolution on Earth will not advance beyond a certain point unless it is driven consciously and intentionally.  If this transition to conscious evolution does not occur, evolution on this planet will stall, and humanity will not contribute positively to the future evolution of life in the universe—we will be a failed evolutionary experiment.

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Robert Cobbold
Founding Editor at Conscious Evolution | change strategist | philosopher | transformative educationalist
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Robert Cobbold is a change strategist, philosopher and public speaker who has delivered transformative educational experiences to over 40,000 students and educators worldwide.

Director of business development at kindness social network Earfh.com

Program Manager of a nationwide environmental education program at Green Schools Project.

Part of a celebrity-led campaign Farms Not Factories which reached over 130M people, and the civic communication platform WHIP.

Set up my own business teaching bridge to young people in London called SLAM!

Worked as a private tutor for top London tutoring agencies, including stints in India, China and around the UK.

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Last 50 posts on own channels (YouTube, Podcast, Medium or Website/Blog):

11 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE MATTER WITH THINGS
Published on: 13 Mar 24 in Conscious Evolution – Website by David McIlroy

EARLY VOICES OF CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION
Published on: 28 Feb 24 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Matthew Shapiro

DECOLONISATION AS CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION
Published on: 29 Mar 23 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Dr. Keith Beasley

CONVERGENT EVOLUTION AND THE FERMI PARADOX
Published on: 9 Mar 23 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

BURN YOUR MAPS
Published on: 8 Feb 23 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Hanzi Freinacht

ENTERING 2023
Published on: 21 Jan 23 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Jon Freeman

THE WEB OF MEANING
Published on: 29 Mar 22 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Jeremy Lent

FLOURISHING AS AN INTEGRATED ORGANISM
Published on: 13 Jan 22 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Jeremy Lent

WHAT DOES LIFE WANT?
Published on: 18 Dec 21 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

PROSOCIAL WORLD
Published on: 25 Oct 21 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

AN EVOLUTIONARY TRANSITION IS COMING – ARE YOU READY?
Published on: 27 Sep 21 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

EYE OF THE STORM
Published on: 12 Mar 21 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Gary Horvitz

Individual vs Collective Responsibilities for Conscious Evolution
Published on: 27 Jan 21 in Conscious Evolution – YouTube by Conscious Evolution

WHAT IS AN EVOLUTIONARY?
Published on: 10 Dec 20 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Carter Phipps

CAN EVOLUTION BE CONSCIOUS?
Published on: 21 Nov 20 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

THE VIEW FROM COMPLEXITY
Published on: 20 Oct 20 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Hanzi Freinacht

LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF
Published on: 23 Sep 20 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

Conscious Evolution Podcast 05 – Conscious Evolution
Published on: 11 Sep 20 in Conscious Evolution – YouTube by Conscious Evolution

Conscious Evolution Podcast 04 – Transcendence
Published on: 28 Aug 20 in Conscious Evolution – YouTube by Conscious Evolution

Conscious Evolution Podcast 03 – Creativity
Published on: 27 Aug 20 in Conscious Evolution – YouTube by Conscious Evolution

Conscious Evolution Podcast 02 – Cooperation
Published on: 27 Aug 20 in Conscious Evolution – YouTube by Conscious Evolution

Conscious Evolution Podcast 01 – Meaning
Published on: 27 Aug 20 in Conscious Evolution – YouTube by Conscious Evolution

Creativity is an evolutionary process
Published on: 20 Aug 20 in Conscious Evolution – YouTube by Conscious Evolution

The mental health crisis is a crisis of meaning
Published on: 20 Aug 20 in Conscious Evolution – YouTube by Conscious Evolution

THE POWER IS OURS
Published on: 28 May 20 in Conscious Evolution – Website by John Bunzl

WHAT HUMANS COULD BE
Published on: 16 Apr 20 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

THE BIG PICTURE
Published on: 27 Mar 20 in Conscious Evolution – Website by KW Jamieson

UNFOLDING OUR FUTURE
Published on: 4 Feb 20 in Conscious Evolution – Website by KW Jamieson

WORLDVIEWS, REALITY AND DESIGN
Published on: 4 Dec 19 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

LEAPING INTO POSSIBILITY
Published on: 2 Jul 19 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

EVOLVING THE FUTURE
Published on: 18 Jun 19 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Joe Brewer

WHERE DOES MONEY COME FROM?
Published on: 10 Jun 19 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

THREE LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Published on: 25 May 19 in Conscious Evolution – Website by KW Jamieson

THE ORGANIC PIONEERS
Published on: 13 May 19 in Conscious Evolution – Website by KW Jamieson

EVOLUTION’S ARROW
Published on: 20 Dec 18 in Conscious Evolution – Website by John Stewart

THE MEANING OF LIFE
Published on: 11 Dec 18 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS
Published on: 31 Aug 18 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

WHEN CULTURES HAVE SEX
Published on: 18 Sep 17 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST
Published on: 31 Jul 17 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

FREE YOURSELF FROM YOUR PROGRAMMING
Published on: 30 Jan 17 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

AS IS THE MICROCOSM, SO IS THE MACROCOSM.
Published on: 21 Jan 17 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

KEEP YOUR MIND OPEN AND YOUR ENEMIES’ OPENER
Published on: 28 Nov 16 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

US AND THEM
Published on: 14 Oct 16 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

WAR ON EGO
Published on: 24 Jan 15 in Conscious Evolution – Website by Robert Cobbold

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by matthew shapiroThe patterns of cultural and social practice that we’ve inherited and adopted without examination or question are the patterns that have come to threaten our planet and repress …Read more
by dr keith beasleyConscious Evolution, being an ongoing process affecting all aspects of life on Earth, reveals itself all around us. The equality movements, spanning rights for women and gays …Read more
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BY HANZI FREINACHTIn our days, when we are experiencing what some have called a “sensemaking crisis”[1], we collectively struggle to align our different maps of the world. Your map doesn‘t …Read more
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A mosaic medallion that graces the Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame: “Nothing in Biology makes sense except in light of evolution.” by david sloan wilsonDarwin’s …Read more
BY ROBERT COBBOLD“This is the greatest discovery of the scientific enterprise: You take hydrogen gas, and you leave it alone, and it turns into rosebushes, giraffes, and humans.”The famous line from …Read more
BY GARY HORVITZThe state of gnosis is defined as total awareness, a direct and often sudden expanded experience of hyper-clarity, wholeness, of truth beyond any conceptual understanding. Gnosis is an intense and total immersion …Read more
It is as if man had been suddenly appointed managing director of the biggest business of all, the business of evolution—appointed without being asked if he wanted it, and without …Read more
BY DAVID SLOAN WILSON, MEL ANDREWS, MAXIMUS THALERIf you had a conventional biological education, then you were taught that evolution is not a conscious process. Giraffes that stretch to reach …Read more
This is not a Schelling simulation. by hanzi freinachtIn our days, there is a lot of talk about chaos and complexity. And it’s not just buzz and academic fashion—as some …Read more
White nationalists attack riot police in central London. by robert cobboldOne of the hallmarks of evolutionary thinking is the ability to see past seemingly intractable differences towards a higher-level integration. …Read more
BY JOHN BUNZL With the world in the grip of Covid-19 and a deepening economic slump, pundits are again asking whether capitalism as we know it has come to an …Read more
BY SCOTT BARRY KAUFMAN“Perhaps human nature has been sold short….”—Abraham MaslowToward the end of his life, the humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow was developing new insights into self-actualization – and envisioning an even …Read more
BY KW JAMIESONPicture a pile of sand, with a steady stream of grains pouring onto it from above. For a long while it will grow, building a largely stable structure, …Read more
BY KW JAMIESONThe chaos all around us is the result of a war of worldviews. The tectonic plates of perspective are shifting, causing shockwaves across our global human system. The …Read more
by daniel christian wahlHumanity has achieved incredible advances in the differentiation of consciousness … differentiation has produced science, technology, and the unprecedented power of mankind to build up and to …Read more
by jon freemanIt is 40 years since the Futurist magazine published Prof. Clare W. Graves’ article titled “Human Nature Prepares for a Momentous Leap,” which contained predictions for our future that have …Read more
Patterns always build on what came before. This is true for patterns of culture as well. by joe brewerThe world is getting to be pretty f*cked up now and something …Read more
It sounds like the kind of question a primary school child would ask, almost too simple to be of any importance: “The government creates it, probably the central bank, quantitative …Read more
“The patterns of cultural and social practice that we’ve inherited and adopted without examination or question are the patterns that have come to threaten our planet and repress human potential.” New article on Conscious Evolution The phrase and its associated values and ethos actually first appeared in the public conversation well over a century ago. …Read more
“Money based on debt and interest is entirely out of whack with the natural world. Nature goes in cycles: birth, growth, death, decay, and rebirth. But our money system demands the exact opposite: it demands endless growth. Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell. The mechanism of debt and interest is a cancer, and …Read more
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“The Conscious Evolution Podcast is profound, enlightening and uplifting… highly recommend!” – Philosopher, Ken Wilber Conscious Evolution is the intentional effort to drive forward our individual and collective evolution. It is deliberately and consciously leading our lives, and designing our societies to unleash our evolutionary potential. …Read more
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In June 1963, a Buddhist monk named Thích Quảng Đức sat down on a cushion at a busy intersection of a road in Saigon, and, adopting the lotus position, began to meditate. Two other monks removed a 5 gallon can of petrol from the boot of a car nearby and doused him from head to foot. By this time a …Read more
New article published on Conscious Evolution courtesy of Keith Beasley. “Colonisation is not just about the physical dominance by white, European males, it is about the associated mindset: the belief that rationality is the only way of thinking and that any other does not exist, is not real.” Those of us committed to Conscious Evolution now find ourselves, in one …Read more
https://lifeitself.org/setting-the-world-to-rights-residency Highly recommend this residency on the banks of the River Dordogne starting 5th April – a chance to identify the root causes of the metacrisis and to incubate systemic interventions. Life Itself #metacrisis #consciousevolution …Read more
“How many planetary civilisations have failed at this hurdle? And how many have made it through?” New article on Conscious Evolution How many planetary civilisations have failed at this hurdle? And how many have made it through? …Read more
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“What if we’re taking our first steps into a deeply uncertain and fragile future already knowing far more than we realize?” Excellent article on #ConsciousEvolution by Gary Horvitz The state of gnosis is defined as total awareness, a direct and often sudden expanded experience of hyper-clarity, wholeness, of truth beyond any conceptual understanding. …Read more
Freedom is the nature of the soul, and for the #soul the whole tragedy of life is the absence of that #freedom which belongs to its original nature; and the next mystery that this legend reveals to us is that the only reason why the soul has entered the body of clay or matter is to experience the music of …Read more
https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/blog/burn-your-maps “We should see through the delusion of certainty, the illusion of our own chosenness, the mirage that our particular perspective just happens to be the most universal one.” New article published on #ConsciousEvolution by the enigmatic Hanzi Freinacht In our days, when we are experiencing what some have called a “sensemaking crisis”, we collectively struggle to align our different …Read more
“The Higher Mind program has been life changing for me.” “You will experience thinking from a truly meta-systemic level.” Higher Mind Initiative is now available for a reduced price. Click below to find out more: The vision of the Higher Mind Initiative is to advance human development. To achieve the vision, the initiative is focussed on the development of higher …Read more
https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/blog/entering-2023 “Sooner or later these life conditions cannot be maintained; breakdown becomes inevitable…2023 is likely to be the year in which we see matters come to a head.” New article published on Conscious Evolution by Jon Freeman Spiral Dynamics is a system for describing the ways in which human mindsets evolve to adapt to changes in our life conditions. Spiral Dynamics …Read more
“Hierarchy makes way for the network.” Great article by Aaron Force about the importance of #decentralisation for our #ConsciousEvolution https://humanitysshift.substack.com/p/why-humanity-must-decentralize How Decentralization Will Help Humanity Evolve …Read more
“No great radical idea can survive unless it is embodied in individuals whose lives are the message.” Fantastic article from @AForce01 about #ConsciousEvolution. https://humanitysshift.substack.com/p/defining-humanitys-conscious-evolution Defining Conscious Evolution So We Can Better Engage It …Read more
“Survival of the most adaptable is far truer to the whole of evolutionary data than survival of the fittest.” Delighted to feature evolutionary psychologist Steven C. Hayes in this episode about #transcendence. #ConsciousEvolution #Darwin https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/episode-05-transcendence Humans find great meaning in transcending our physical and mental limitations and tapping into enhanced states of consciousness. When we do so we are expressing …Read more
“Their vector of transmission is language and electronic communication, and although ideas are not made of nucleic acid they have achieved more #evolutionary change and at a rate that leaves the old gene panting far behind.” Delighted to feature Jason Silva on this episode about #creativity and #culturalevolution. https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/episode-04-creativity Creativity is one of the enduring mysteries of the universe. How …Read more
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“Self motivation, positive emotion, decrease of anxiety, loss of self-consciousness, and being completely immersed and absorbed and losing track of time. I think that is what is most crucial to creativity and to flourishing and to personal meaning and happiness.” Delighted to feature positive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman in an episode on Meaning. “Original, insightful and uplifting, Conscious Evolution Podcast …Read more
So grateful to have participated in this lovely yoga retreat with Somercecil and to have run a couple of Conscious Evolution workshops to help people build more meaning and purpose into their lives as we begin a new year. Highly recommend Bella Somerset and Gaby Cecil’s lovely retreats for anyone looking to recharge. …Read more
Thanks to all my listeners! Happy 2023! The standout moments of the year. Shout out to all the fans on Spotify. …Read more
New article published! “Colonisation is not just about the physical dominance by white, European males, it is about the associated mindset: the belief that rationality is the only way of thinking and that any other does not exist, is not real.” https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/blog/decolonisation-as-conscious-evolution …Read more
“Everything that lives wants more of life.” https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/blog/what-does-life-want @beach_token @BeachBumOnDuty @JeremyRLent …Read more
RT @cognazor: New virus coming? Plant trees, cultivate garden, tend livestock Supply chain shocks and inflation? Plant trees, cultivate garden, tend livestock Climate change? Plant trees, cultivate garden, tend livestock New war coming? Plant trees, cultivate garden, tend livestock …Read more
Highly recommend this residency on the banks of the River Dordogne starting 5th April – a chance to identify the root causes of the metacrisis and to incubate systemic interventions. @forlifeitself https://lifeitself.org/setting-the-world-to-rights-residency …Read more
RT @pv_techtom: Great read from @EvoConscious How many planetary civilisations have failed at this hurdle? And how many have made it … https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/blog/convergent-evolution-and-the-fermi-paradox …Read more
“How many planetary civilisations have failed at this hurdle? And how many have made it through?” New article on Conscious Evolution https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/blog/convergent-evolution-and-the-fermi-paradox …Read more
“All of humanity’s problems stems from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal …Read more
Ironic how top down attempts to enforce “equality” have ended up creating new forms of privilege. @HFreinacht Ahead of the times as always. …Read more
“We as a species have sacrificed our capacity and yearning for greater agency, connection and engagement at all levels of society.” @forlifeitself Highly recommend this 3 week residency, held in a palazzo on the banks of the Dordogne River. https://lifeitself.org/ouroboros-residency …Read more
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“The meaning of life is to transcend those limitations that spirit has set itself and to realise that we are all in the end just one spirit playing a great cosmic game with itself.” https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/blog/what-is-the-meaning-of-life #Cosmic #purpose #evolution …Read more
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Survival of the most adaptable. …Read more
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RT @EvoConscious: “What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, and magic in It” – Goethe …Read more
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RT @EvoConscious: https://www.consciousevolution.co.uk/blog/entering-2023 “Sooner or later these life conditions cannot be maintained; breakdown becomes inevitable…2023 is likely to be the year in which we see matters come to a head.” New article published on Conscious Evolution by Jon Freeman …Read more
RT @BeachBumOnDuty: You are not the number of followers you have. You are not the number of likes you receive. What you are is the number of times you stand up for what you believe in. What you are is the kindness you share and the light you bring. Regardless of whether anyone is watching. …Read more
RT @BeachBumOnDuty: The meaning of life is meaning. Don’t waste yours searching for truth above that which gives you meaning. Share your meaning if you choose but never force it upon others. #ChooseMeaning #BeKind …Read more
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“The Higher Mind program has been life changing for me.” “You will experience thinking from a truly meta-systemic level.” Higher Mind Initiative is now available for a reduced price. Click below to find out more: https://www.highermindinitiative.com/ …Read more
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