Metanexus Institute

New York, NY   |  www.metanexus.net

Mission

Founded in 1998, Metanexus
promotes scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended explorations of
foundational questions. Metanexus publishes an online journal and hosts events
designed to promote the exchange of innovative and transformational ideas.
Metanexus believes that this integrative and exploratory approach is vital to
our future wellbeing at this unique moment in the natural history of our planet
and the cultural evolution of our species.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

William Grassie Ph.D.

Main address

328 8th Ave #145

New York, NY 19103

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Formerly known as

Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science

Philadelphia Center on Religion and Science

EIN

23-2977021

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

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Big History : Big Problems : Big Questions

It is now possible to teach the history of the universe, the
evolution of life, and the rise of human civilizations as an integrated, single
semester course or series of integrated courses. Typically science is taught as
separate specializations and history taught in different periods and regions.
Unique in Our Common Story is the
integration of all these different specializations into a single, narrative
account. Unique in this approach
is that the departmental distinctions between the scientific and humanistic
disciplines disappear to the mutual enrichment of the natural sciences, the
human sciences, and the humanities.

 

Some call this new integrated story told by science and
history “the New Cosmology” or “the Epic of Evolution.” Others call it “the History of Nature,”
or simply “Big History.” We are
calling it “Our Common Story,” because for the first time humans have an origin
“myth” that transcends all of our regional, religious, and tribal differences.

 

The advantages of teaching general science and world
history as an epic narrative are many: 

 

1.    
The integrative narrative provides a mnemonic for
students and adults alike to understand and remember the details of science and
history. 

2.    
This approach helps to inspire students and adults to
appreciate the awesome grandeur of the new sciences and the human
adventure. 

3.    
This approach helps students and adults to understand
the unique environmental, political, economic, and technological challenges of
the twenty-first century global civilization. 

4.    
This approach helps to address profound existential questions
of meaning and purpose, virtues and values, in ways that are respectful of
science, supportive of progressive religion, and conducive to civil societies.

 

Our Common Story
is an increasingly factual narrative that transcends and includes all of our
different stories. We see this
curriculum, and exploratory dialogues about how to interpret this story, as an
important component in addressing the challenges of culture wars and clashing
civilizations, as well as a productive context to solving many of the great
political, economic and environmental challenges in the world today. We seek to incubate such courses in
undergraduate colleges and universities, book clubs, religious congregations,
and ultimately in age-appropriate ways in K-12 education, here in the United
States and around the world.

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Awards

American Graphic Design Award 2007

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Google Ads Nonprofit Award 2008

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Metanexus Institute

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ed Devinney

Villanova University

Term: 2010 - 2013


Board co-chair

William Grassie

Metanexus Institute

Term: 2009 -

Edward J. Devinney, Jr.

Villanova University

Theodore W. Friend

Foriegn Policy Research Institute

William Grassie

Metanexus Institute

David J. Hufford

Penn State College of Medicine

Ursula Goodenough

Washington University St. Louis

Thomas Jackson

No Affiliation

David Christian

Maquarie University

George Ohrstrom

No Affiliation

Edward Brooks

No Affiliation

Michele Demers

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