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Supporting scientists in research and industry. Promoting science as a spiritual quest.
Recreating at microscopic scales the conditions of matter-energy in early Universe at LHC CERN.
Image: CMS Experiment at LHC CERN, 2011.06.05.
William Grassie is an interdisciplinary scholar, nonprofit entrepreneur, social activist, accomplished author, and organizational consultant. He loves the creative side and intellectual challenges of strategic planning and applied technology, branding and storytelling, advertising and marketing, event staging and project management. He reads, he listens, he writes, he speaks, he computes. Whether at a F500 company, an academic conference, a living room salon, or an interfaith gathering, Billy will engage with your audience with surprising insights at the intersections of multiple perspectives, diverse expertise, and illuminating stories.
William Grassie is author of The New Sciences of Religion: Exploring Spirituality from the Outside In and Bottom Up (2010) and a collection of essays, Politics by Other Means: Science and Religion in the 21st Century (2010). William travels widely to speak at conferences, and enjoys many sports, including hiking, skiing, sailing, scuba, tennis, yoga, and dance.
William Grassie received a bachelor degree in political science from Middlebury College, and then worked for ten years on nuclear disarmament, citizen diplomacy, community organizing, and sustainability issues in Washington, D.C, Jerusalem, Philadelphia, and West Berlin. He completed a Ph.D. in Religion from Temple University, where he wrote a dissertation titled Reinventing Nature: Science Narratives as Myths for an Endangered Planet (1994). He has taught at Temple University, as well as at Swarthmore College, Pendle Hill, and the University of Pennsylvania. A recipient of academic awards and grants from the American Friends Service Committee, the Roothbert Fellowship, and the John Templeton Foundation, Billy served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 2007–2008. He was the founding director of the Metanexus Institute, which promotes scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended exploration of foundational questions. Metanexus has worked with partners at some 400 universities in 45 countries and publishes an online journal.
Simulation of the Large Scale Structure of the Universe
Video: Inner Life of a Cell, xvivo.net
What knowledge of science, culture and civilization would you most want to pass on to the surviving humans as they faced the prospect of adapting to a new environment and rebuilding their lives over many generations?
The Simplified Keyboard
The computer before you is an icon of human ingenuity and progress. The QWERTY keyboard at your finger tips, however, is an icon of human stupidity and inability to change.
Is Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity a realistic prediction? And what of the implied millennialism of the Singularity?
It is not the terra-forming of Mars that keeps me awake at night, but the anthro-forming of Terra that darkens my dreams. Can human civilization be more civil and more bio-friendly? Maybe the most significant societal impact of astrobiology is the opportunity to look back at ourselves and to appreciate in new ways the extreme good fortune we have of being able to call ourselves Earthlings.
A review of Eric D. Beinhocker, The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics, Harvard Business School Press, 2006.
This article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy details how Metanexus saved money by moving our entire operation into the Cloud.
What is at stake in this long list of questions are the practices of hunting, killing, breeding, feeding, petting, healing, selling, enslaving, aborting, euthanizing, sterilizing, imprisoning, drugging, vivisecting, torturing, terrorizing, eating, and loving animals.
The neuro-scientific wisdom of ancient adolescent initiation ceremonies.
In Buddhist terminology, I have an overactive ‘monkey brain,’ actually in my case more like a drunken monkey in Time Square on New Year’s Eve with firecrackers tied to his tail. Add to that a lot of reptilian passions in my cerebellum and you understand why I approach meditation with trepidation.
The story of a delegation of Western scholars that I organized in 2006 to participate in the First International Congress on Religion and Science in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Video: Time Lapse of Burning Man 2013 by Jason Phipps