"I am speechless with admiration, overwhelmed by virtuosity." Walter J. Freeman, M.D. Walter J. Freeman Neurophysiology Lab, UC Berkeley, author How Brains Make Up Their Mind
Grand unified theories are normally the province of physicists or of crackpots. Bloom is neither.
Bloom is the author of two critically-acclaimed books, The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the 21st Century. He is a visiting scholar in the Graduate Psychology Department at NYU and is the founder of two fields, mass behavior and paleopsychology.
Christopher Boehm, director of the Jane Goodall Research Center, says: "Howard Bloom should be taking notes on what he does every hour of the day. He is single-handedly creating a scientific revolution." Gear Magazine adds that, "Howard Bloom may just be the new Stephen Hawking, only he's not interested in science alone; he's interested in the soul." And Britain's Channel 4 TV declares, "Howard Bloom is next in a lineage of seminal thinkers that includes Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Freud, and Buckminster Fuller he is going to change the way we see ourselves and everything around us."
Bloom is the founder of The International Paleopsychology Project, a founding member of the Epic of Evolution Society, a Founding Council Member of The Darwin Project, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Political Science, the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, and the International Society of Human Ethology.
Bloom dove into cosmology, theoretical physics, and microbiology at the age of ten, built his first Boolean algebra machine when he was twelve, crafted the concept for a Westinghouse-Science-Prize-winning computer at the age of thirteen, participated in research on the immune system at the world's largest cancer research center (The Roswell Park Memorial Cancer Research Institute in Buffalo, NY) at sixteen, and did research on programmed learning at Rutgers University's graduate school of education before his freshman year of college.
It was at sixteen, while aiding in cancer research, that Bloom established a life goal--to see the pattern that emerges when one views all the sciences at once. A Grand Unified Theory, Bloom felt, has to include more than just the origin of quarks and galaxies. It has to include what the Big Bang's quarks have now become--you and me, our passions, our hungers, our insecurities and our lusts.
Nearly 50 years later, Bloom's Grand Unified Theory of Everything In the Universe Including the Human Soul takes up over 300 Mb on a computer hard drive. If it were printed out, it would fill 600 books. The table of contents to the work lists over 3,900 chapters and increasing daily. And their titles are mouthwatering.
Bloom's cross-disciplinary theories trace crowd patterns from the precipitation of the first protons in the Big Bang to future trends in the life of humankind.
We, in the Big Bang Tango Media Lab, find Bloom's raw notes fascinating. We think that you will, too.
heart, science and the arts both aim at the same target--seeing what we
take for granted from radically unexpected points of view. Those of us
who shatter the barriers built by specialization need to carve out a niche
of public recognition for ourelves. If we succeed in doing so, we'll make
big picture thinking legitimate for the young who come behind us. This
world needs those who want the whole panorama and nothing less-its Leonardo
da Vinci's and Renaissance Men. If we succed in showing that microbiology,
psychology, neurology, physics, cosmology, marketing, business, photography,
the fine arts, publicity, journalism, and popular culture all relate,
others will follow. And if they do, they will take further what I've been
attempting-to make aesthetics, intuition, emotion, logic, politics, business,
and science all facets of a common process
a common search for creativity,
empowerment, and truth.