Today we are discovering the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of scientists and humanists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings and human consciousness came to be.
And still . . . we thirst for answers to questions that have haunted humanity from the very beginning. All peoples have had stories to explain where humans fit into the panoply of life forms. In that spirit we are asking:
What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe?
What roles do we play in Earth's history?
How do we connect with the intricate web of life?
This podcast series is part of a larger project called Journey of the Universe that invites us to reflect on these questions. It consists of an Emmy Award winning film, a book, a series of conversations, and online classes.
These materials provide context and content to support the larger cultural movement that is presently underway, one that is transforming our relationship with the cosmos, the earth, and ourselves.
The creators of the Journey project imagine that by knowing more about the universe and Earth we will also know more about ourselves. This may give us grounds for navigating our own journey in challenging times. How did we come to be part of this universe story? How do we belong and how can we participate in its future flourishing? This series is a gateway into exploring these questions.
In these podcasts of the Journey of the Universe Conversations we will meet scientists and historians, environmentalists and teachers, gardeners and urban planners. All of them are reflecting on how we can be more fully alive in this context of participating in a universe story. Each podcast will have a section of the Journey of the Universe film narrated by Brian Thomas Swimme followed by a conversation hosted by Mary Evelyn Tucker.
This episode features a two-part conversation on the emanating brilliance of stars. First, we learn from Joel Primack, a distinguished professor of physics at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Next, we sit down again with Todd Duncan, a cosmologist whose work is guided by the theme to better understand how a cosmic perspective gives our human experience a larger context of meaning.
Each conversation is hosted by Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and professor at Yale University.
In this conversation, we explore the emergence and death of stars. We will trace the elements found in all life on Earth, including those found in our bodies, back to supernova explosions.
This episode radiates with beautiful ideas.
We hope you enjoy the Journey!
Connect deeply with these materials and more via the Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization, a series of Massive Online Open Courses hosted by Coursera and created by Yale. Available here: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/journey-of-the-universe
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