What Is Nature’s Continuing Creation?

Continuing Creation is the set of linked processes that have created everything in the universe and are creating them still. Creation did not happen all at once, or during an early seven days. Creation has been continual since the Big Bang (Initial Singularity). It took off during the millions of years of Earthly biological evolution, and it is accelerating now in the tool-making minds and hands of humankind.

The most fundamental process of Continuing Creation is this: When a steady flow of energy encounters a receptive environment (favorable temperature, pressure, water, and many of the 92 natural elements), it can weave patterns and create systems of increasing complexity. The patterns include branching, crystals, and spirals. The encounter between steady energy flow and the 92 elements can also create organic (carbon-based) molecules, and from those molecules it can create living organisms. These patterns and systems are the processes described in modern physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, ecology, psychology, and sociology, as well as in history and the arts.

(See Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane, Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organizations, 2013, Anchor Books. Drs. Bejan and Zane are professors in Mechanical Engineering and Journalism, respectively.)

Continuing Creation (the Growing, Organizing, Direction of the Cosmos) can be defined described as the sum of all the natural systems that generate and change the Universe through time.  Continuing Creation is not just the “Big Bang,” or “God’s Six Days” as described in the Bible’s creation myth.  It includes all the Creations of Nature’s organisms, especially human creations such as MRI machines, nuclear reactors, vaccines…. and weapons.

We use the phrase “Growing, Organizing, Direction of the Cosmos,” because when there is a steady flow of energy from a star such as our Sun (or from a planet’s molten magma core), the processes of Continuing Creation produce growth in a direction of increasing organization and complexity.  It also often grows in the Direction of increasing Beauty.  On Earth, we see beauty in creatures such as flowers, butterflies, spider webs, tropical fish, and the antlers of bull elks.

Continuing Creation includes the processes of emergence, biological evolution, the processes of human electrical engineering, and many others. The direction toward complexity and beauty often includes greater diversity. For example, the invention of different car motors (piston, rotary, hybrid, electric) means that motor technology has become more complex, more diverse, and more elegant.

Principal among these systemic processes are Emergence and Evolution, which we discuss at length in our book, The Path of Continuing Creation. The descriptions have been developing, becoming ever more broad, correct, and exact, as science has progressed down through the centuries. The description of the Growing, Organizing, Direction also includes the wisdom recorded in the history and in the great literature of human civilization.

The Direction of the Cosmos does include all the natural processes of Continuing Creation – those that build things up and those that take things down. However, we see a clear trend toward building up, toward Continued Creating – as long as our sun shines energy onto the Earth, and as long as we preserve Earth’s ecosphere. It is this Continuing Creation, not Love, that is the centerpiece of our Path toward Purpose & Meaning.  Does this mean we set Love aside?  No, not at all.  We hold that Love is a vital type of Creating – it creates and builds relationships!

However, the Growing, Organizing, Direction is not inevitable. It can be reversed by disasters such as the impact of a giant asteroid; or by a steady poison such as the excess CO2 now being produced by Humans burning fossil fuels; or by nuclear war among Humans; or by war against virulent germs or “creatures from outer space.”