Resolving Planetary Challenges from a Universe-Scaled, Evolutionary Systems Perspective...


It feels unacceptable to many people even to think of having a cosmology based on science. They misinterpret freedom of thought as requiring a refusal to believe anything. They see fanciful origin stories as spicing up the culture. The problem is, however, that spices, even in the most artful mixture, cannot compensate for the fact that there is no food—no data, no evidence. Such stories are not actually about anything beyond themselves. We are not arguing to throw away the spices but to start with some food and then only use those spices that improve the food at hand. Scientific reality is the food. Aspects of many origin stories can enrich our understanding of the scientific picture, but they cannot take its place.

— Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams


The Universe Institute is a non-profit think tank. It researches the world’s most critical issues from evolutionary and universe whole-systems meta-perspectives. It uses the new dialectical meta-systemic thinking methodology designed for understanding and managing the interacting complex systems within our lives and external environments.

Our core mission is to help ensure the survival of our planetary environment and humanity as a whole through our unique research and educational evolutionary perspectives.

We research in an integral manner the most critical issues that humanity must manage if we want to survive as a species. Topics include:

  • environmental sustainability particularly, global warming and climate destabilization
  • the stability of our economic systems and financial markets
  • war prevention and political stability
  • planetary resource management
    • marine protein depletion
    • fresh water supply
  • credible predictions for the collapse of critical systems
  • human population management
  • social justice
  • cultural and educational development

While researching these issues, we seek to define the ways in which we must act in order to survive current challenges and contribute to the successful evolution of life in the universe, creating a just planetary civilization, sustainable prosperity and high quality of life for all.

We achieve the educational part of our mission through publishing articles, papers and books. Through these articles, papers and books we outline the steps that are necessary for effectively solving our planetary challenges and avoiding the collapse of our planetary systems.

An important aspect of our educational framework is the new Universe Evolutionary Worldview, which provides individuals with a whole-systems scientific understanding of life in the universe, and the course of its progressive evolution over the last 13.7 billion years. It also provides insight into the ways in which life will most likely evolve successfully in the future.

The Universe Institute has a unique and important role to play at this critical evolutionary juncture, when humanity is faced with overwhelming planetary-scale challenges that are already adversely affecting the quality of life of most and threatening the very existence of all life. When its mission is fully executed, the Universe Institute will do its part to inform and empower humanity to resolve the greatest challenges we are currently facing.