At the Dawn of the Third Copernican Revolution with Dr. Dave Pruett – December 11

Posted on: November 21, 2020

“[Darwinism] was the second, the biological blow to human narcissism.”

-Sigmund Freud

Freud’s terse statement refers obliquely to the 16th-Century’s Copernican Revolution, credits Darwin with a second Copernican Revolution in the 19th Century, and shrewdly stakes out Freud’s claim to a third Copernican Revolution.

Originating in science, “Copernican” revolutions profoundly alter human self-perceptions to leave lasting traces in the collective psyche.

Tracing these three successive but overlapping revolutions—which redefine the human place in the physical, biological, and spiritual/psychic universes, respectively—affords a useful framework for elucidating the evolution of human consciousness that lies at the core of the Caritas Consciousness Project.

The first two revolutions are well underway and relatively well understood. The talk will focus primarily on the Third Copernican Revolution, now in its early stages. The talk will explore where we have been, where we are now, and where we might be headed as human consciousness unfolds.

About Dave Pruett


Dave Pruett is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at James Madison University (JMU). In addition to three decades of mathematics teaching at various levels, he has worked for a decade in NASA-related aerospace research. Dave is married to Suzanne Fiederlein, Interim Director of JMU’s Center for International Stabilization and Recover (CISR), which is involved in land-mine remediation around the world. They have one daughter, Elena, a millennial, and reside in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the historic and scenic Shenandoah Valley.

Dave is the author of  Reason and Wonder (Praeger, 2012), the outgrowth of an award-winning JMU Honors seminar that explores the nexus of science and spirituality.

In light of the current health crisis, all events and classes will be broadcast online using ZOOM. Register below.

DATE: Friday, December 11
TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 pm MST

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