That’s right–these processes aren’t something going on outside of us, the domain of scientists in labs and observatories: they’re humanity’s context, our matrix. We’re all soaking in it; we’re all participating in an ongoing epic of evolution.
My guest Jennifer Morgan, also epic, has spent decades helping people appreciate how our universe works, how we got here, and why that matters. In this first of two conversations, we talk about how knowing this evolutionary story can guide us, as stories have always guided humans. (Even better: This one doesn’t require “belief”; it has data!)
Jennifer directs the Deep Time Journey Network, where people worldwide connect to explore how this “new story” can inspire creativity, awe, connection, and better ways to live. She worked with the late, great cultural historian Thomas Berry and many Princeton University scientists to author a beautifully illustrated trilogy of kids’ books about the story of our universe.
I hope you’ll enjoy this chat with Jennifer–I know I did!
If you’d like to explore this cosmic story with with scientists, artists, and educators, check out the Deep Time Journey Network.
Jennifer also recommends the Emmy award-winning film, Journey of the Universe, a collaboration of mathematical cosmologist Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. It’s “An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation” beautifully filmed on the Greek island of Samos.
Music for this Big Chew episode is “Stars Are Out,” by Podington Bear, from the album Daydream. Used via a Creative Commons license.