Andrew Cohen Speaks in NYC on the Next Step of Human Evolution

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Innovative spiritual teacher merges evolutionary science and religion, creating a new spiritual context for the 21st century

Andrew Cohen, spiritual teacher and founder of What Is Enlightenment? magazine will speak at Voices from the Edge international speakers forum on April 20, 2005, at 7:30 PM. His talk will explore the vast evolutionary context for human development and how, for the first time, we are in a position to consciously participate in the evolution of our own consciousness.

The talk, entitled “A Passion for Evolution: Embracing Life's Greater Purpose,” will take place at The Lighthouse, 111 East 59th Street (btw. Lexington & Park), New York, NY. Tickets are available online $22 (recommended), and at the door $25 (cost includes reception). To order tickets log on to or call 212-741-9940.

Cohen, known for his pioneering interfaith and interdisciplinary inquiry, has been marrying wisdom from spiritual revelation with understanding gleaned from cultural and scientific evolutionary thinking for almost twenty years. In this talk, as part of Voices' series on evolutionary thinkers, he will explore what the nature of consciousness is, what it means to evolve human consciousness, and why it is so important that we do so at this historical juncture.

Cohen founded the Voices from the Edge speakers forum in 2004 to present the work of leading thinkers to public audiences and to create a nexus for engaged inquiry. “Through Voices from the Edge,” he explains, “we want to help create the future by trying to expand and deepen the context in which the leading edges of thinking in many different arenas are taking place. It is our firm conviction that through the practice of sincere inquiry, of honest dialogue together, we can discover new perspectives that will enable all of us to make much greater sense of our shared human experience at this pivotal time in our development.”

Cohen’s talk comes in the middle of Voices’ spring 2005 schedule, following systems theorist Dr. Ervin Laszlo, evolutionary cosmologist Brian Swimme, religion and ecology expert Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, and evolutionary evangelist Rev. Michael Dowd, and precedes talks on cultural evolution next month with Harper’s writer Thomas de Zengotita and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu.

Cohen’s unique contribution to the Voices series is his emphasis on placing spiritual transformation at the heart of a growing body of evolutionary thinking that is aspiring to catalyze significant cultural and human development.

"Andrew Cohen has arrived at an insight that is crucial for our historical situation. Rarely have I encountered such simple, searing wisdom connecting religious ideas about enlightenment with the scientific understanding of an evolutionary cosmos."

~ Brian Swimme, Evolutioanry Cosmologist & author of The Universe Story

Andrew Cohen is the author of twelve books including Living Enlightenment and Embracing Heaven and Earth and is the founder and editor-in-chief of What Is Enlightenment? magazine, which sponsors the Voices speakers forum. An award-winning publication, What Is Enlightenment? is considered one of today’s leading platforms for spiritual visionaries, cultural theorists, scientists, business leaders, and global activists who are offering new perspectives on and solutions to some of our most pressing global concerns.

What Is Enlightenment? magazine was founded by Andrew Cohen in 1991. It is published quarterly by What Is Enlightenment? Press, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to a revolution in human consciousness and culture. WIE also sponsors the Voices from the Edge speakers series, which offers an annual calendar of lectures and seminars featuring innovative thinkers and prominent leaders in various fields of expertise. What Is Enlightenment? magazine has an international readership of 75,000.

Andrew Cohen is available for interviews through Amy Edelstein at 413-637-6150.

For more information about Andrew Cohen please visit For more about What Is Enlightenment? magazine, please visit

What Is Enlightenment? magazine and Voices from the Edge

Amy Edelstein

PO Box 2360,

Lenox, MA 01240


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