Welcome

The Epic of Evolution
is the 14 billion year story
of our universe and your life in it.

Evolution’s Arc

Does the universe have a direction?
Can the past help us predict our future?

Seven Stages

What are the major stages
in the evolution of the cosmos?

How did we get here?

Where are we going?
What is my purpose?
How do I find the answers?

Universal Creation Story

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.

Awe and Wonder

What makes you feel connected, confident and creative?

Resources for Teaching

This site provides resources to learn about the Epic of Evolution. It contains classroom-tested, hands-on activities for for teaching the Epic of Evolution and reviews of books, videos, and teaching aids.

The future belongs to those who have learned from the past. ~ RuPaul

Love and imagination are a human’s greatest competitive advantage.

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

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 of the universe.

Light of Evolution

How do we make sense of what is happening in the world today?
What clues from the past offer solutions for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In this blog, Cathy McGowan Russell seeks to answer these questions. In the light of evolution, everything makes more sense. In the light of evolution, obstacles become opportunities. Life becomes easier, better and more enjoyable for all people and the biosphere that supports us.

Factfulness

THE JOY OF FACTS: HOW GOOD DATA SAVES LIVES AND CAN SAVE THE WORLD review by Cathy McGowan Russell, April 3, 2020 Two years ago on April 3, 2018, a remarkably helpful book was published that is even more inspiring today than when it first came out.  As I write,...

Welcome!

Explore your past, celebrate your present, flourish in your future.

Evolution’s Arc

Does the universe have a direction?
Can the past help us predict our future?

More Light with Less Labor

In the past, people had to work over one hour to gain a single minute of illumination. Today, one hour of labor will buy a years worth of light.

Diversity of Life is Increasing

Over billions of years, life becomes ever more diverse. Recombination of genes insures a never ending supply of biological diversity.

Nature Timespiral by Pablo Carlos Budassi

Pablo Carlos Budassi created Nature’s Timespiral to depict our cosmic journey from the Big Bang to the present day

Happy Darwin Day!

Celebrate the contributions of the great evolutionary explorer, Charles Darwin, born February 12, 1809.

Why Celebrating EVOLUTION Will Make You Successful

Celebrate what you want to see more of. Join the celebration, October 23.

TEACHERS

Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling

“Data as therapy.” ~ Hans Rosling shows how facts can calm our irrational fears, allowing us to effectively solve personal and planetary problems.

Max Roser

Max Roser

What is the state of the world for humanity? Find out with Max Roser’s elegant “OurWorld In Data.”

David Christian

David Christian

“As the first truly global creation story, the evolutionary epic has the potential to unite rather than to divide humanity.”

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Celebrate the Epic of Evolution

Celebrate the Epic of Evolution

The Epic of Evolution is the story of the Universe as it progresses from light to atoms to stars to life to humanity. While the trajectory is not steady, the arc trends toward more complexity, cooperation, consciousness and even compassion. The more we celebrate the successes of the past, the more we can replicate them for a flourishing future.

Songs for Eclipse 2017

Songs for Eclipse 2017

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.

More Light with Less Labor

In the past, people had to work over one hour to gain a single minute of illumination. Today, one hour of labor will buy a years worth of light.

Diversity of Life is Increasing

Diversity of Life is Increasing

Over billions of years, life becomes ever more diverse. Recombination of genes insures a never ending supply of biological diversity.

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