This is a brief summary as at 20 March 2002.
- The creation of the universe is a gradual evolutionary process spanning a giant staircase of levels which leads from the simplest phenomena to the most complex. (More)
- Evolution resembles a game of Snakes and Ladders: it has a direction of progress, creative leaps up a level and disastrous setbacks down a level, and players who are hostages to fortune.
- Just as creative evolution on the broadest scale consists of a number of distinct stages, biological evolution is itself composed of a number of smaller steps.
- The evolutionary universe has the same kind of intelligence as a Snakes and Ladders board: one built into its structure from the outset.
- Human history is meaningful because it is part of the creative evolutionary growth of the universe.
- Human history is itself evolutionary in character and is played out on an ordered hierarchy of creative levels.
- Thanks to industrial capitalism, space-age technology and the cultural drive to conquer new territories, humanity now has the power to spread life from one world to many.
- The immediate practical reasons why human civilisation will colonise space are for growth, security and inspiration.
- The values which space colonisation will promote are liberal, rational, cosmopolitan and progressive. They will evolve as society evolves.
- In a liberal, rational, cosmopolitan and progressive society the religious moral universe of good versus evil is replaced by the evolutionary one of progress versus regress.
- Human progress is one, it is synergic and decentralised: in the long run, advances in the technological, political, ethical and cultural realms tend to reinforce each other.
- We cannot tell whether there exist limits to growth, or to progress.
- Progress cannot be made problem-free in advance; new technologies cannot be made safe in advance.
- Progress has a yet more subtle aspect which is so hard to grasp and resistant to measurement that its long-term effect is seldom considered: this is the expansion of conscious awareness.
- The identification of progress with increasing consciousness has a moral implication: moral systems which value respect for others and compassion in the face of suffering are clearly progressive, whereas those that advocate indifference and cruelty are clearly regressive.