Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists 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 yet...we thirst for answers to questions that have haunted humanity from the very beginning. 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 on Earth?
In Journey of the Universe Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker tell the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. The authors explore cosmic evolution as a profoundly wondrous process based on creativity, connection, and interdependence, and they envision an unprecedented opportunity for the world's people to address the daunting ecological and social challenges of our times.
Journey of the Universe transforms how we understand our origins and envision our future. Though a little book, it tells a big story - one that inspires hope for a way in which Earth and its human civilizations could flourish together.
This book is part of a larger project that includes a documentary film, an educational DVD series, and a website. The film and the DVD series will be released in 2011. For more information, please consult the website, journeyoftheuniverse.org.
"Journey of the Universe is a spiritual manifesto that becomes a Genesis for the 21st Century. Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker have given us not only an expanded creation story of the Cosmos but an expanded look into the evolution of our own consciousness. I cannot imagine a more urgent book to read as we enter this revolutionary moment on the planet." (Terry Tempest Williams, author of Finding Beauty in a Broken World)
"This story of the universe has the potential to change our civilization." (James Gustave Speth, author of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment)
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Maybe a few times a year. It's a beautiful prose on the perspective of time and our reponsibility as the dominant species... a much needed reminder.
This book is not thorough, it has several themes but none explored exhaustively. If you like to explore different ideas I would recommend coupling this book with Adam Franks "About Time" and/or Edward O. Wilson's "Biophilia". There are several books that can fill in the scientific blanks by: Fortey (Life), Southwood (Story of Life), or Bryson (Short History).
This isn't a radical conservation message nor do the authors defend or attack religious beliefs. This book is a beautiful reminder of our responsiblity to take care of an earth that has provided us life.
Golly, gee-whiz Batman, isn't the universe great?
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