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Journey of the Universe weaves together the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. The course draws on the Emmy-award winning film, Journey of the Universe, and the book from Yale University Press. Journey explores cosmic evolution as a creative process based on connection, interdependence, and emergence. It examines a range of dynamic interactions in the unfolding of galaxies, Earth, life, and human communities. It investigates ways in which we understand evolutionary processes and the implications for humans and our ecological future. The Journey course, thus, is based on a new integration that is emerging from the dialogue of the sciences and humanities. Journey tells the story of evolution as an epic narrative, rather than as a series of facts separated by scientific disciplines. This changes our perception so that we begin to see ourselves as an integral part of this narrative. By situating ourselves within this story we can better appreciate the complexity and beauty of processes such as self-organizing dynamics, natural selection, emergence, symbiosis, and co-evolution. As we discover these intricate processes of evolution, we awaken to the beauty and complexity of our natural environment at this critical juncture in our planetary history....
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100% online courses

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Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 2 hours of viewing lectures/week and 2 hours of reading books and articles/week ...
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English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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1
Clock
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding Life

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!...
Reading
1 video (Total 11 min), 5 readings
Reading5 readings
Course Description5m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Meet Your Instructional Team5m
Recommended Texts5m
Web Resources5m
Clock
4 hours to complete

Introduction - Beginning of the Universe

In module two, we explore how humans are part of the larger universe story. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 90 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Tucker, “Ethics in an Age of Extinction”11m
Meet Brian Swimme1m
Journey of the Universe (full film)56m
The new cosmology — sketched out via Einstein — as a fundamental Copernican-type turning point4m
Reading5 readings
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 1: Beginning of the Universe30m
"The New Story," by Thomas Berry30m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Beginning of the Universe5m
Familiarize yourself with the Journey website30m
“Space Ripples Reveal Big Bang’s Smoking Gun”, by Dennis Overbye15m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Living Within a Universe Story20m
Introduction - Beginning of the Universe20m
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2
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3 hours to complete

The Formation of Galaxies and Stars

This module explores many of the world's greatest stories and how they begin with a journey, a quest to answer life's most intimate questions like where do we come from and why are we here? ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 20 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
Journey of the Universe Film: Scene 2: Beginning of the Universe4m
Journey of the Universe Film: Scene 3a: Galaxies Forming1m
Journey of the Universe Film: Scene 3b: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars.3m
The Omnicentric Nature of Cosmic Expansion6m
Reading6 readings
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 2: Galaxies Forming30m
American Museum of Natural History, NYC - Cosmology20m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: The Formation of Galaxies5m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 3: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars30m
Short film, “Powers of Ten,” by Eames Office9m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: The Emanating Brialliance of Stars5m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Galaxies Forming10m
The Emanating Brilliance of Stars10m
The Formation of Galaxies and Stars20m
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3 hours to complete

Our Solar System and Life’s Emergence

Here we look at several major milestones in scientific discovery that expanded our knowledge of the solar system...
Reading
3 videos (Total 15 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
Journey of the Universe Film: Scene 5: Life’s Emergence5m
Plate Tectonics as Balanced Turbulence in Mars and Jupiter5m
Reading5 readings
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 4: Birth of the Solar System30m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Our Solar System5m
Scales of the Universe, American Museum of Natural History, NYC20m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 5: Life’s Emergence30m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Life’s Emergence5m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Our Solar System10m
Life's Emergence10m
Our Solar System and Life’s Emergence20m
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3 hours to complete

Living and Dying and the Passion of Animals

Now we invite you to think about the coevolution of the human with other species within this broad time scale. Completing this module may change the way that you understand what it means to be human!...
Reading
3 videos (Total 17 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
Journey of the Universe Film: Scene 7: The Passion of Animals2m
Demonstrating the Co-evolution Taking Place in Natural Selection2m
Reading6 readings
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 6: Living and Dying30m
Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois – Evolving Planet10m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: Living and Dying5m
Journey of the Universe Book: Chapter 7: The Passion of Animals30m
Hall of Biodiversity, American Museum of Natural History, NYC10m
Scientific Summary, by Matthew Riley and Brian Thomas Swimme: the Passion of Animals5m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Learning, Living, and Dying10m
The Passion of Animals8m
Living and Dying and the Passion of Animals20m
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Top Reviews

By CSJan 15th 2017

This course is a must. There is just no other course that can nurture your spiritual yearnings within the framework of science. Take it. It's a wonderful course.

By VBNov 8th 2017

I have so enjoyed taking this course and am enthralled with all of the new perspectives that were presented. I look forward to continuing with the certificate.

Instructors

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

John Grim

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

About Yale University

For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines. ...

About the Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization

Use the links below to audit the courses at no cost: Course 1: Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life Course 2: Journey of the Universe: Weaving Knowledge and Action Course 3: The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times is a course series created by senior research scholars at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. The courses weave the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with the humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. The courses in this Specialization draw on the Emmy-award winning film, Journey of the Universe, the book from Yale University Press, and a series of 20 interviews with scientists and environmentalists, titled Journey Conversations. Each week there will be a brief commentary by Brian Thomas Swimme, co-author of the Journey book. As part of the Specialization, we investigate the life of Thomas Berry, a historian of world religions known for articulating a “new story” of the universe that explores the implications of the evolutionary sciences and cultural traditions for creating a flourishing future....
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