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.
"Let us draw a lesson from nature, which always works by short ways. When the fruit is ripe, it falls. When the fruit is despatched, the leaf falls. The circuit of the waters is mere falling. The walking of man and all animals is a falling forward.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841
The human trick in this century is to foster practices and policies that result in us FALLING FORWARD without falling down. Visit Dot Earth and join the journey.