The Epic of Evolution tells the story of our universe, of life on planet Earth and of our human journey. This story shows how you belong and provides important clues as to where we are going.
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A flourishing future belongs to those with perspective of the past.
Most people suffer from an overdramatic worldview. They think the world is much worse than it is. This leads to terrible decisions and unnecessary stress. ~ Ola Rosling, Gapminder Foundation
The stories of evolution have the power to unite all peoples. ~ Lynn Margulis and Dorian Sagan
There is grandeur in this view of life. ~ Charles Darwin
Love and imagination are human’s greatest competitive advantages.
The true evolutionary epic, retold as poetry, is as intrinsically ennobling as any religious epic. ~ Edward O. Wilson
Nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift. ~ Steven Pinker
It is said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But the universe is the ultimate free lunch. ~ Stephen Hawking
We are the representatives of the cosmos: we are an example of what hydrogen atoms can do, given 14 billion years of cosmic evolution. ~ Carl Sagan
Ours are the eyes and hearts of the universe.
Is there one, single, unifying principle that underlies physical, biological and cultural evolution? Astophysicist Eric Chaisson has the key.
How does variation arise? The molecular biologist, Sean B. Carroll, shows how small changes in DNA can give big changes to the organism.
“The evolutionary epic, is probably the best myth we will ever have.”
While some may say that singing songs about the Great American eclipse was corny, it was actually a beautiful opportunity to express shared enthusiasm for our place in the cosmos and our ability to predict such rare occurrences.
Hybridization, though rare, is a powerful driver of evolution. Hybridization is the interbreeding between two different species that results in novel offspring.
Thanks to the growing field of genomics, we can now learn what genes make us truly human. The duplication of DUF1220, which is expressed in brain cells, may give humans our uniquely large brains.