Michael Dowd Connie Barlow

The science of how to decode human behavior,
eliminate self-judgment, and create a big-hearted
life of purpose and joyful integrity.

Discover the ONE breakthrough in our understanding of human nature that is missing from virtually all self-development and spiritual programs: the difference that makes the difference!

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With bestselling author and change-agent Michael Dowd and noted science educator Connie Barlow.


Michael and Connie's work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover Magazine, Wired, Popular Science, and on national television: CNN, ABC News, Fox News, and PBS.

Have you ever wondered why it can be difficult to live a joyful, on-purpose life? Or why close relationships can sap our energy? Or why we so easily get distracted and thrown off course?

Have you ever puzzled over why it's so challenging to act in congruence with your highest values and priorities—to really live what you know is healthy, wise, and true?

For all of human history we had no measurable knowledge about how our minds and emotions actually work—and why we sabotage ourselves so predictably. The best we could hope for were conflicting beliefs embodied in the world's religious traditions.

But in the last 20 years, leading-edge scientists have been cracking the code of human nature. We finally understand, in a way that anyone can grasp, why we do what we do—what makes us tick.

This breakthrough in understanding makes all the difference because...

Once you (and your loved ones) learn why and how your most troubling inner drives and blind spots evolved, something unexpected happens...

New possibilities open for living life fully and loving the life you live.

  • What once seemed impossible now is doable.
  • Confusion, guilt, and judgment of self and others evaporate.
  • Living in integrity becomes a high priority—and almost effortless.

How is this possible?

By gaining an appreciation of your biological and social instincts—an appreciation that can only come from knowledge...

  • You'll actually start smiling at your crazy inner urges and thoughts—and find fresh hope for overcoming bad habits and behaviors.
  • You'll be free of the burden of guilt, shame, and self-condemnation from choices you've made in the past—and you'll effortlessly lean toward life-affirming, purpose-driven choices in the future...without depriving yourself of happiness.
  • You'll feel your heart expanding in gratitude, generosity, and compassion for yourself and others—and your inner state will not only match but strengthen the ways in which you already are serving your community and the world.
  • You'll no longer feel empty or flat from the service you provide others. It will be as if the Universe has put its stamp of approval on your life, and you will know the thrill of living in right relationship to reality and in alignment with your highest values.

What's more, understanding our physical, relational, and interpretive inner drives (the "code of human nature"), offers profound insights into...

  • Why spiritual practice works when it does, and why it sometimes doesn't.
  • Why 12-step groups work when they do, and why they sometimes don't.
  • Why counseling therapy works when it does, and why it sometimes doesn't.
  • Why prescribed medications work when they do, and why they sometimes don't.

Find out how this revitalizing science-based perspective can improve your life and the lives of those you care about in this free seminar.

Evolutionize Your Life

The science of how to decode human behavior, eliminate self-judgment, and create a big-hearted life of purpose and joyful integrity

Discover the ONE breakthrough in our
understanding of human nature that is missing
from virtually all self-development and spiritual
programs: the difference that makes the difference!

"As I can testify, you don't have to be highly evolved to live a joyfully on-purpose, evolutionized life!" —Connie Barlow

Seminar Leaders

For the last decade, Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow have been sharing the practical gifts of a meaningful and inspiring view of Big History and evolutionary brain science with more than 100,000 people, young and old, in some 1,500 diverse religious and secular venues across North America.

Together, they inspire audiences with how a scientifically accurate view of our inner workings offers insights not available before—making it possible to live a meaningful and on-purpose life, even in the midst of difficulties and setbacks.

Their work has been featured in television, radio, and print media throughout the United States and Canada.

They've helped tens of thousands discover how a science-based appreciation of our ancient instincts can make an enormous difference in the quality of our lives and relationships.

They also show how an evidence-based view of human nature can expand our hearts—motivating us to cooperate in service of a just and healthy future for humanity and the entire body of life.

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Why Stone-Age Instincts Run Your Life
& How Science Can Change That

You will learn how breakthroughs in our understanding of human nature can transform your life and sweeten your most intimate and important relationships by helping you appreciate—indeed, honor—your inner and outer nature.

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Michael Dowd is a former pastor, NLP Master Practitioner, and nationally recognized leader in helping people cultivate healthy habits of sustainable living and relating. He is the author of Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, a book endorsed by six Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the theological spectrum.

Connie Barlow is the author of four popular science books, two with MIT Press, that explore the heart of an evidence-based approach to meaning, inspiration, and right relationship to reality. A gifted evolutionary educator, she is the creator of one of the leading educational websites (for adults and children) in the Big History / Big Integrity / Epic of Evolution movement: TheGreatStory.org

"The world within and around us is an honorable world. To refuse this deepest instinct of our being, to deny honor where honor is due, is to place ourselves on a head-on collision course with the ultimate forces of the Universe." —Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work

Definition of "a losing battle": Trying to significantly improve your life and relationships, or grow spiritually, without first appreciating—indeed, honoring—your brain's physical, relational, and interpretive instincts. —Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow

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Francisco J. Ayala "Thank God for Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow!"
—FRANCISCO J. AYALA
2010 Templeton Prize-winner; Past President of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Ken Wilber "Michael and Connie have created a truly superb offering—one that effectively shows how the earlier parts of the brain have evolved during times and under circumstances that in today's world make them either a constant source of trouble (i.e., "sin," "dysfunctions," "pathologies") or sources of strength and wisdom (when honored). This is a program that really can change lives. Highly recommended!"
—KEN WILBER
The Integral Vision

Brian Swimme "Michael and Connie's work is igniting a new and exciting conversation between evolutionary science and religious faith."
—BRIAN SWIMME
Professor of Cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies

Thomas Berry "Your presentation was absolutely magnificent! Such clarity I have seldom encountered. I learned
a great deal."
—THOMAS BERRY
Legendary geologian, author of
The Dream of the Earth and The Great Work

Robert Wright "Religion—or spirituality, or whatever you want to call it—has always evolved, and Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd are on the frontier of its current evolution."
—ROBERT WRIGHT
Author of The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The Science of Evolutionary Psychology

Barbara Marx Hubbard "With profound evolutionary understanding of the source of our emotions and inner urges, and by offering a step-by-step guide for gaining freedom from self-sabotaging patterns, Michael and Connie are laying a new foundation for a psychology of self evolution!"
—BARBARA MARX HUBBARD
President, Foundation for Conscious Evolution

Michael Shermer "We're fortunate to have Michael and Connie on our side (the "our" being humanity)."
—MICHAEL SHERMER
Skeptic magazine, columnist for Scientific American

Chris Corbally "For Catholics who are worried that evolution has nothing to offer them but random godlessness, Michael and Connie's work is like a gift from heaven."
—CHRIS CORBALLY, SJ
Vice Director of the Vatican Observatory

Kevin Kelly "That evolution is a divine force has not been well appreciated, or articulated, up till now. Connie and Michael’s ministry is making a real difference."
—KEVIN KELLY
Founding Editor of Wired Magazine;
author of What Technology Wants

Craig Hamilton "Connie and Michael, evolutionary cosmology's dynamic duo, not only tell the story of the living cosmos, they spark a dynamic exploration of evolution's next step and its practical implications for us all."
—CRAIG HAMILTON
Spiritual Teacher, founder of
Integral Enlightenment

Ursula Goodenough "Connie and Michael offer us an impassioned vision of how the Great Story and an evolutionary understanding of human nature can enrich anyone’s life."
—URSULA GOODENOUGH
Author of The Sacred Depths of Nature

Craig Mello "The science vs. religion debate is over! Michael and Connie masterfully unite rationality and spirituality in a way that celebrates the mysteries of existence and inspires each of us to achieve a higher purpose in life."
—CRAIG MELLO
2006 NOBEL PRIZE in Physiology/Medicine

Joanna Macy "Michael and Connie's truly extraordinary work moves us at last beyond false separations of science and religion."
—JOANNA MACY
Buddhist eco-philosopher, author of
World As Lover, World As Self

John Mather "The universe took 13.7 billion years to produce [Dowd's] amazing book. I heartily recommend it."
—JOHN MATHER
NASA Chief Scientist, 2006 NOBEL PRIZE in Physics

Don Beck "Michael Dowd is one of my heroes..."
—DON BECK
Founder of Spiral Dynamics Integral

Andrew Cohen "Connie and Michael are burning bright, their consciousness powerfully and passionately awake to the deep time-developmental context of this evolving cosmos that we all are."
—ANDREW COHEN
Spiritual Teacher, EnlightenNext founder

John Stewart "Connie and Michael are at the leading edge of an extraordinary evolutionary leap for our planet. Their new online 'Evolutionize Your Life' program is a real gift!"
—JOHN STEWART
Author of Evolution's Arrow: The Direction of Evolution and the Future of Humanity

Duane Elgin "Connie and Michael are truly inspiring teachers of the great story of cosmic evolution! They bring keen intelligence and uplifting enthusiasm to the grand vision of the unfolding drama of the universe in which we all participate."
—DUANE ELGIN
Author of Promise Ahead
and The Living Universe

Elisabet Sahtouris "Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow have given their lives in service of a healthy future for humanity and the entire body of life. May the Force of Gaia be with them all the way to a world of thrival for all!"
—ELISABET SAHTOURIS
Evolution Biologist and Futurist

Rabbi Michael Lerner "People of all faiths can learn from Michael and Connie."
—RABBI MICHAEL LERNER
Founder of Tikkun, Network of Spiritual Progressives

Eugenie Scott "Michael and Connie show that there are many ways to be a spiritual person and that all of them are enriched by an understanding of modern science, especially evolution."
—EUGENIE C. SCOTT
Executive Director of the National
Center for Science Education

Bishop John Shelby Spong "Michael and Connie's work is a big step toward that ultimate truth in which both religion and science will be reconciled."
—BISHOP JOHN
SHELBY SPONG
Author of Jesus for the Non-Religious

Matthew Fox "Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow's ministry enlightens and energizes all who are
touched by it."
—MATTHEW FOX
Celebrated author and leading advocate of Creation Spirituality

David Sloan Wilson "Michael and Connie remain true to both science and the spirit of religion. They understand that what most people need is not more facts but an appreciation of what evolution means for our value systems and everyday lives."
—DAVID SLOAN WILSON
Distinguished University of Binghamton evolutionist and author of Evolution for Everyone

Joan Roughgarden "Michael and Connie offer an inspiring view of how evolutionary science enriches our personal lives. They also show how valuing evidence as divine guidance is our only way into the future."
—JOAN ROUGHGARDEN
Stanford University biologist, author of Evolution and Christian Faith and The Genial Gene

 

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