Where God Comes From

Where God Comes From

Reflections on Science, Systems, and the Sublime

What happens when language and thought come face-to-face with their maker: the self-organizing processes out of which they emerge?


Where God Comes From explores how the sublime and miraculous can be found in a whole range of processes-- from chemistry and biology to language and literature and social interactions -- and how they loop back on themselves to form complex systems, stitching themselves and their environments together. The book traces an arc that passes through a series of different essay forms: a prose poem in Twitter-length units, a philosophical dialogue, traditional essays, and finally a story. Each is a metacognitive investigation of mystical experience as what happens when consciousness discovers its family resemblances with other recursive processes.



Livingston’s unique and beautiful book is a soulful mixture of memoir and theoretical meditation. Ideas move in fractal trajectories across boundaries, coupling up multiple systems of thought. This is high-level discursive performance art full of conceptual kicks.

~ Bruce Clarke, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science, Texas Tech University, --

Ira Livingston
Ira Livingston Ira Livingston is currently Professor and Chair of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY (since 2007), after a lon...
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