Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action

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About this course: Journey of the Universe weaves together the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. This course draws on the Journey of the Universe Conversations, a series of 20 interviews with scientists and environmentalists. The first 10 interviews are with scientists and historians who deepen our understanding of the evolutionary process of universe, Earth, and humans. The second 10 interviews are with environmentalists, teachers, and artists who explore the connections between the universe story and the practices for a flourishing Earth community. Upcoming sessions May 8, 2017 - June 26, 2017 June 5, 2017…

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About this course: Journey of the Universe weaves together the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. This course draws on the Journey of the Universe Conversations, a series of 20 interviews with scientists and environmentalists. The first 10 interviews are with scientists and historians who deepen our understanding of the evolutionary process of universe, Earth, and humans. The second 10 interviews are with environmentalists, teachers, and artists who explore the connections between the universe story and the practices for a flourishing Earth community. Upcoming sessions May 8, 2017 - June 26, 2017 June 5, 2017 - July 24, 2017 July 3, 2017 - August 21, 2017 July 31, 2017 - September 18, 2017 August 28, 2017 - October 16, 2017 September 25, 2017 - November 13, 2017

Who is this class for: This course is introductory and aimed at an educated public, ranging from those with college education to those without. No prerequisite knowledge is needed - just an openness to learn about the complex development of the universe, Earth, and life. Within this epic story we will explore the role of humans given our present social and ecological challenges.

Created by:  Yale University
  • Taught by:  Mary Evelyn Tucker , Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

    Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Taught by:  John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

    Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Basic Info Course 2 of 4 in the Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization Commitment 2 hours of viewing lectures/week and 2 hours of reading books and articles/week Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.7 stars Average User Rating 4.7See what learners said Coursework

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WEEK 1


Welcome to Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action!
Learn what this course is about, who's teaching it, and other ways you can explore this topic. Meet and greet your peers as well!


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  1. Video: Tucker and Grim, “Introduction to the Journey Conversations”
  2. Reading: Course Description
  3. Reading: Meet Your Instructional Team!
  4. Discussion Prompt: Introduce yourself!
  5. Reading: Recommended Texts
  6. Reading: Web Resources


Introduction – Journey of the Universe Conversations
The universe’s evolutionary development forces it to leave eras and to start new eras, which is taking place in our own moment in time. We’re in one such moment. We are being pushed out of the industrial era into a new era of Earth’s history”


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  1. Video: Tucker, “Living Within a Universe Story”
  2. Video: Tucker, “Ethics in an Age of Extinction”
  3. Reading: "The New Story," by Thomas Berry
  4. Practice Quiz: Living Within a Universe Story
  5. Reading: “The Unfolding Story of the Universe”, A Conversation with Mary Evelyn Tucker and Julianne Warren
  6. Video: Journey of the Universe (full film)
  7. Reading: Hall of Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History, NYC
  8. Video: Brian Swimme - Introduction
  9. Discussion Prompt: How can a new story, orient and ground us in a way that leads to flourishing human-Earth relations?

Graded: Introduction – Journey of the Universe Conversations

WEEK 2


Beginning of the Universe: Galaxies, Stars, and the Solar System
A star is required for the production of carbon and oxygen and a galaxy is required for the production of stars. So the Milky Way galaxy as a whole is required for our hands. Understanding our cosmological nature is the first step into a new era.


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  1. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 1: Beginning of the Universe
  2. Video: Beginning of the Universe (Joel Primack)
  3. Reading: Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Beginning of the Universe
  4. Practice Quiz: Beginning of the Universe (Joel Primack)
  5. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 2: Galaxies Forming
  6. Video: Galaxies Forming (Todd Duncan and Joel Primack)
  7. Reading: Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: The Formation of Galaxies
  8. Practice Quiz: Galaxies Forming (Todd Duncan & Joel Primack)
  9. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 3: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars
  10. Video: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars (Todd Duncan and Joel Primack)
  11. Reading: Scientific Summaries, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars
  12. Practice Quiz: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars (Todd Duncan and Joel Primack)
  13. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 4: Birth of the Solar System
  14. Video: Birth of the Solar System (Craig Kochel)
  15. Reading: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  16. Reading: Scientific Summaries, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Birth of the Solar System
  17. Practice Quiz: Birth of the Solar System (Craig Kochel)
  18. Video: Beginning, Galaxies, Stars and Solar System
  19. Discussion Prompt: How do creativity and tension continue to shape our life here on Earth?

Graded: Beginning of the Universe: Galaxies, Stars, and the Solar System

WEEK 3


Emergence of Life, Learning, and Humans
We discuss the oxygen crisis two billion years ago and the endosymbiosis that dealt with it creatively. We too will deal with the enveloping crises of our time, first of all by tending to them, by taking responsibility for them.


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  1. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 5: Life’s Emergence
  2. Video: Life's Emergence (Terry Deacon and Ursula Goodenough)
  3. Reading: Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Life’s Emergence
  4. Practice Quiz: Life's Emergence (Terry Deacon and Ursula Goodenough)
  5. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 6: Living and Dying
  6. Video: Learning, Living, and Dying (Terry Deacon)
  7. Reading: Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Living and Dying
  8. Practice Quiz: Learning, Living, and Dying (Terry Deacon)
  9. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 7: The Passion of Animals
  10. Video: The Passion of Animals (Scott Sampson)
  11. Reading: Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: the Passion of Animals
  12. Practice Quiz: The Passion of Animals (Scott Sampson)
  13. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 8: The Origin of the Human
  14. Video: The Origin of the Human (Melissa Nelson and John Grim)
  15. Reading: American Museum of Natural History, Evolution Today
  16. Reading: Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: The Origin of the Human
  17. Practice Quiz: The Origin of the Human (Melissa Nelson and John Grim)
  18. Video: Life, Learning and Humans
  19. Discussion Prompt: What connections do you see?

Graded: Emergence of Life, Learning, and Humans

WEEK 4


Becoming a Planetary Presence: Communities, Cities, and Economics



The story of the isolated neutron’s quick decay and the neutron+proton’s long term stability as an illustration of the synergistic effects that will take place in Eco-cities. In ways we can only guess at, these new mutually enhancing relationships will lead to a qualitatively new vitality.


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  1. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 9: Becoming a Planetary Presence
  2. Video: Becoming a Planetary Presence (Cynthia Brown)
  3. Reading: Scientific Summaries, by Riley and Swimme: Becoming a Planetary Presence
  4. Practice Quiz: Becoming a Planetary Presence (Cynthia Brown)
  5. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 10: Rethinking Matter and Time
  6. Video: Transition (Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker)
  7. Reading: Scientific Summaries, by Riley and Swimme: Rethinking Matter and Time
  8. Practice Quiz: Transition (Mary Evelyn Tucker)
  9. Reading: Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 11: Emerging Earth Community
  10. Video: Breakthrough Communities (Carl Anthony)
  11. Reading: Mary Evelyn Tucker and Mary Gorham “Business and Sustainability”
  12. Reading: Solutions Journal - Read one article
  13. Practice Quiz: Breakthrough Communities (Carl Anthony)
  14. Video: Eco-Cities (Richard Register)
  15. Practice Quiz: Eco-Cities (Richard Register)
  16. Video: Ecological Economics (Richard Norgaard)
  17. Practice Quiz: Ecological Economics (Richard Norgaard)
  18. Video: Planetary Presence, Economics, Eco-cities
  19. Discussion Prompt: What does it mean to think globally and act locally?

Graded: Becoming a Planetary Presence: Communities, Cities, and Economics

WEEK 5


Embodied Knowing: Food, Energy, and Health



Understand the universe as self-organizing. Consider galaxies. It is the spiral structure of a galaxy that enables it to construct stars. Elliptical galaxies have lost this structure and have lost the capacity to construct stars. With planets it’s similar. The water, soil, and air enable it to bring forth life year after year. Soil in particular is a dynamic structure that required three billion years of life to construct. But it’s here now. So long as we maintain its health and integrity, it will bring forth food. But to lose that dynamic structure or to lose the dynamic structure of the oceans is to regress back billions of years.


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  1. Video: Permaculture (Penny Livingston)
  2. Practice Quiz: Permaculture (Penny Livingston)
  3. Video: Indigenous Ways of Knowing (Nancy Maryboy and David Begay)
  4. Reading: “Indigenous Knowledge, Technology, and Life Lived Responsibly”, by John Grim
  5. Reading: Indigenous Environmental Network – Read one story
  6. Practice Quiz: Indigenous Ways of Knowing (Nancy Maryboy and David Begay)
  7. Video: Sustainable Energy (Paula Gonzalez)
  8. Reading: Mary Evelyn Tucker and Jon Gorham “Sustainable Energy and Organic Food”
  9. Practice Quiz: Sustainable Energy (Paula Gonzalez)
  10. Video: Healing and Revisioning (Belvie Rooks)
  11. Practice Quiz: Healing and Revisioning (Belvie Rooks)
  12. Video: Embodied Knowing: Food, Energy, Health
  13. Discussion Prompt: Answer one of the following questions...

Graded: Embodied Knowing: Food, Energy, and Health

WEEK 6


Emerging Earth Community: Teaching and the Creative Arts



Humans need to live for something greater than themselves if they are ever to achieve happiness and fulfillment. One way to achieve this goal is to teach children the full nature of our universe. Not just our technologies and our sciences and our arts and entertainments, but the story of the universe itself and what is taking place all around and through them.


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  1. Video: Arts and Justice (Marya Grathwohl and Drew Dellinger)
  2. Practice Quiz: Arts and Justice (Marya Grathwohl and Drew Dellinger)
  3. Video: Myths, Metaphors and Identities (Sachiko Kawaura and Nancy Abrams)
  4. Reading: Love Letter to the Milky Way: A Book of Poems, by Drew Dellinger
  5. Practice Quiz: Myths, Metaphors and Identities (Sachiko Kawaura and Nancy Abrams)
  6. Video: Teaching Journey of the Universe (Bindu Mohanty and Tom Collins)
  7. Reading: “Belonging”, by Julianne Lutz Warren
  8. Practice Quiz: Teaching Journey of the Universe (Bindu Mohanty and Tom Collins)
  9. Video: Paul Winter in Dialogue with Mary Evelyn Tucker
  10. Reading: Paul Winter – Earth Music
  11. Reading: Paul Winter – Earth Mass
  12. Reading: Paul Winter – Winter Solstice
  13. Reading: (Music) Paul Winter - Lullaby for the Great Mother Whale (5 min)
  14. Reading: (Music) Paul Winter – Wolf Eyes
  15. Practice Quiz: Paul Winter in Dialogue with Mary Evelyn Tucker
  16. Video: Emerging Earth Community: Arts, myths, teaching Journey
  17. Video: Conclusion
  18. Discussion Prompt: Consider one of the following questions...

Graded: Emerging Earth Community: Teaching and the Creative Arts
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