UPDATED June 4: Enjoyed “Journey of the Universe" at #WED2011 at UN. Relevant to #wsf11 this film is an experiment in conveying scientific information, including vast unknowns, with the same sense of wonder that surrounded earlier creation stories. The film and forthcoming companion book were inspired by the ideas of the “geologian” Thomas Berry and created over the past decade by the mathematician and writer Brian Swimme and the historian of religion Mary-Evelyn Tucker.
While science itself is rooted in rigor and dispassion, its findings can inspire wonder, even reverence. I think the film is a great experiment. It is also beautifully filmed, and, refreshingly, largely a “woe-is-me/shame-on-you”-free zone.
I hope it gets wide viewing. There is a heap of valuable background online from a March conference at Yale.