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About the Course

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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May 4, 2020

Very, very insightful. Best course that I participated in. I simply loved it. And if you (the reader of this review) have any sort of curiosity regarding reasons of existence, this course is for you.


Oct 20, 2018

I love everything about this. Plan to go back sometime later and explore more of the websites and links that are referenced. I especially enjoy material from the American Museum of Natural History.

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By Susan F

May 23, 2019

Fantastic content and well structured for the busy working person to fit into their schedules!

By Alex t B

Oct 11, 2016

Great course. Especially liked the 3 part video in week 6. Looking forward to the next one.

By Lilian D T

Jan 18, 2017

just wonderfull and easy to learn and let us start to see the world in other point of view

By Charles S

Nov 29, 2017

This is a most fascinating course. I enjoyed it very much and feel that I learned so much.

By David L

Feb 23, 2021

A mind expanding course but such a pity you are unable to take the quizzes unless you pay

By Christine T

Dec 9, 2016

I found this a great introduction to the cosmology and look forward to the other courses.

By Claudia M

Nov 6, 2022

Very insightful course: I do recommend it to very curious and positive people.

By Srinivasan R

Apr 8, 2018

Truly a delight to be participate in this course! Three cheers to Yale!

By Darlene d V

Nov 11, 2021

excellent course, I would take another class from these instructors

By Deleted A

Jul 29, 2019

Very interesting and compelling. The story the world needs to know!

By Richard J

Jul 9, 2020

Excellent teaching and videos, cannot be better instructors.

By Daniel W

Mar 10, 2022

Fun and engaging course that will invoke awe and wonder.

By Arjun B

May 11, 2020

I love this course. Very detailed and very helpful.

By Dominic F

Jan 16, 2021

Amazing, comprehensive and taught with compassion.

By Dimas D T S C

Dec 29, 2016

really precise , easy to learn i full recomend

By Yan L

Feb 1, 2019

The film is amazing, everyone should watch it.

By Likhith D

Mar 28, 2017

easy to learn philosopical things of universe

By Zach V S

Sep 26, 2016

This is one of my all-time favorite courses.

By Wilson J A P

Nov 13, 2021

Great topic as well as great lecturers

By Jessica L A

Jul 24, 2017

Excellent course! I had a lot of fun!

By Julian P P

Jan 28, 2017

Terrific, I've really enjoyed it!

By Suhaib N

Jun 25, 2020

excellent course learnt a lot.

By Anil K

Feb 10, 2018

Great learning experience!!!!

By Simone W

Oct 23, 2020

In a word....exceptional.

By Shubham M A

May 11, 2020

Very informative course