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Smile of the Universe – Michael Grosso, Ph.D.

Throughout history, humans have always had extraordinary experiences we often called miracles—events that fill us with wonder and bafflement. The word miracle itself is rooted in the Sanskrit syllable smi, from which we get the English word smile. So, we might say that a miracle refers to a smile induced by certain sensations of awe, beauty, and wonder. Dr. Michael Grosso’s both readable and comprehensible book, Smile of the Universe, scans a range of evidence for the reality of phenomena we often perceive as healings, levitation, bilocation, materialization, dematerialization, and much more. The reader will almost certainly come to agree with the author’s conclusion that miracles are facts of the natural world that point to something supernatural! An account of reported miraculous phenomena, this book takes us beyond conventional religion and science to explore the outer reaches of human potential. Grounded in both true stories and matters of fact, Dr. Grosso argues for the reality of a great “Mind” and for the human ability to communicate with that Mind. In an age of disbelief, it presents a fact-based template for experimental spirituality and makes the case that every one of us, rightly understood, is a “smile of the universe.”
An artist-philosopher immersed in the mysteries of the mind, Michael Grosso, PhD prides himself on being an independent scholar and part of an ever-growing group of educators and intellectuals critical of the prevailing materialistic view of the world. With a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in classical Greek, he has taught humanities and philosophy at a number of institutions, including City University of New York, John F. Kennedy University, Marymount Manhattan College, and New Jersey City University. Smile of the Universe is but the latest of his illustrious writing career, which has seen such peer and public favorites as: The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation Experiencing the Next World Now The Millennium Myth: Love and Death at the End of Time Soulmaking: Uncommon Paths to Self-Understanding The Final Choice: Death or Transcendence? Wings of Ecstasy: Domenico Bernini’s Vita of St. Joseph of Copertino (1722) Frontiers of the Soul: Exploring Psychic Evolution Prominently among his co-authored volumes is: Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century Michael now resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has participated in the work of the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies. Currently a director of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, he was the reviews editor for its Journal of Philosophical Practice. As well, Michael conducts Wisdom Seminars, discussion groups that apply philosophy to problems of everyday life.
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