Journey of the Universe

Learning, Living, and Dying

April 29, 2019 Journey of the Universe Season 1 Episode 6
Journey of the Universe
Learning, Living, and Dying
Show Notes

This episode features a conversation on Learning, Living, and Dying with Terrence Deacon, neuroanthropologist, Professor of Anthropology, and member of the Cognitive Science Faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the author of the groundbreaking books, The Symbolic Species and Incomplete Nature

Our host is Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and professor at Yale University.

In this conversation, we explore the evolution of the brain and the story of adaptation, consciousness, and responsiveness that begins with single celled organisms and continues through the vertebrates. In this episode, Terrance Deacon compares the adaptive brains of humans, chimpanzees, and our many evolutionary ancestors.

We hope you enjoy the Journey!


What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe?

What roles do we play in Earth's history?

How do we connect with the intricate web of life?

This podcast series is part of a larger project called Journey of the Universe that invites us to reflect on these questions. It consists of a film, a book, a series of conversations, and online classes.  

The creators of the Journey project imagine that by knowing more about the universe and Earth we will also know more about ourselves. This may give us grounds for navigating our own journey in challenging times.  

How did we come to be part of this universe story?  

How do we belong and how can we participate in its future flourishing?  

This series is a gateway into exploring these questions. 

In these podcasts of the Journey of the Universe Conversations we will meet scientists and historians, environmentalists and teachers, gardeners and urban planners. All of them are reflecting on how we can be more fully alive in this context of participating in a universe story. Each podcast will have a section of the Journey of the Universe filmnarrated by Brian Thomas Swimme followed by a conversation hosted by Mary Evelyn Tucker.

Connect deeply with these materials and more via the Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times Specialization, a series of Massive Online Open Courses hosted by Coursera and created by Yale.

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