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Applied Big History

Explore new products, services, training, and marketing ideas through the lens of Big History.


Strategy by design.
Align vision and pragmatism.
Define and achieve goals.


Insight, healing, and transformation through the power of mythic drama.

Science Chaplaincy

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.


Grassie, W 2005.5

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




A critical survey of new scientific research on religious and spiritual phenomena. insights from economics, evolutionary psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, and medicine. An original and compelling scientific interpretation of religion.


A collection of twenty-four essays by William Grassie exploring profound issues at the interface of religion and science. Many presented first at conferences in China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka. Always provocative, often iconoclastic.


This edited volume brings together sixteen of the foremost critics and advocates of transhumanism for an informative and engaging debate about the trajectory of science, technology, and humanity.


This edited volume brings together eight distinguished scholars promoting new research methods and paradigms in the scientific study of religious and spiritual phenomena.

image: Neural Galaxy by Daniel Blackmore and the Queensland Brain Institute


Germantown Protest
Amazing Light: Visions for Discovery
Nuclear Freeze
Local Societies Initiative

Video: Time Lapse of Burning Man 2013 by Jason Phipps