Nancy's Website: http://agodthatcouldbereal.com/
Nancy Ellen Abrams is a philosopher of science, lawyer, former lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz, and co-author, with renowned cosmologist Joel R. Primack, of two books that interpret the place of human beings in the new scientific picture of the universe: The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos (2006) and The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (2011). Abrams and Primack have given over 100 talks about their work and won the Chopra Foundation's "Spirit of Rustum Roy Award" in 2012 for “contributions to consciousness and to creating a peaceful, just, sustainable, and healthy world.”
Abrams is the (sole) author most recently of A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet (Beacon Press, 2015). This book proposes a radical but fertile new way of thinking about God in light of new knowledge about the universe, the human brain, and the state of our world. It offers what may be the first modern, coherent big picture that integrates science, spirituality, and politics. It won the 2015 USA Best Book Award in philosophy and, judging from many readers’ emails, has changed people’s lives. Abrams has begun giving workshops about how to bring this new perspective into everyday life.
Much of the controversy surrounding the books by Abrams and Primack arises from the question of whether the serious cutting-edge science they present -- which has been universally praised for its accuracy and clarity -- should be combined with interpretation of what these discoveries might mean to an emerging global culture, but Abrams and Primack argue that a change in cosmology has historically always led to a huge cultural shift, and if those who understand the new cosmology don’t explain this, those who don’t understand it are likely to misappropriate its power, and the enormous social benefits of learning to think cosmically may be lost.
As an attorney who has specialized in scientific controversies and consulted for several governments here and abroad, Abrams has worked in science policy for a trans-European environmental think tank in Rome, the Ford Foundation, and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. Her more political writing has appeared in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Environment, California Lawyer, and Science and Global Security. She and Primack developed a course called "Cosmology and Culture" and co-taught it for a decade at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The course won awards from both the Templeton Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. She and Primack have also co-written articles that have appeared in books and magazines including Science, Astronomy Now, Philosophy in Science, Science & Spirit, Spirituality and Health, and Tikkun.