Journey Of The Universe

Journey of the Universe is an epic film about the human connection to Earth and the cosmos, from producer/directors Patsy Northcutt and David Kennard (director of Carl Sagan's Cosmos). Big Bang, big science, big history--this one-of-a-kind film was created by renowned scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers.
David KennardPatsy Northcutt
Brian Thomas Swimme
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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David MilliernReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsMagnificent
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I put this on as a relaxation-watch, while grading papers. I'm glad I did. My only complaint was that I very quickly lost focus of grading, shifting my attention to the rich story that Brian Swimme told. The story was told in very integrated sort of way, where math, science, and philosophy were merged, using a narrative that was exceptionally literary in nature, employing anthropomorphic analogies, rather than the analytic, drab, dead engineering type of metaphors. In merging these technical narrative components of philosophy, math, and science into a single thread about the coming-of-age of the cosmos, the product was aesthetically and holistically much richer than I've seen in other documentaries of this type. In a way, Dr. Swimme as rejuvenated the story by (re)infusing the story with the beauty that it really should have. Peotic turns and beautiful perspectives afforded the viewer made this an absolute delight. I am trained in the sciences, so when someone can retell a story to someone who has heard it a million times, but do so in a way that the story becomes fresh and alive in a way that it has never been experienced before, I think something magical is happening, namely, great storytelling.

I recommend this film to all. I feel that it is especially the case that young kids need to see the story told in this way. The illustrative nature and cinematic bent of the film also lends itself to the entertainment of those young and aged.
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BillReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
2.0 out of 5 starsIs this really "SCIENCE" ?
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What are they saying when the Narrator says, just minutes into the program: "The Universe must have "known" (my quotes) from the very beginning, that life was coming." ? This is not a "scientific" statement. Narrator keeps referring to the "creativity" of the Universe. I expect to hear at some point that he begins to talk about THE CREATOR. Plus his consistently breathless speech is very off-putting, and his delivery offers no new enlightenment, but actually seeks to over-simplify some very complex LIFE. It's doubtful anybody looking for scientific explanations of our Universe will enjoy this. I had to turn if off after around 20 minutes.
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LouiseKReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsgreat content, hard to watch for me
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I think there is a book . . .I'm going to check that out. This "star" does a really theatrical sort of stage whisper super "filled with wonder" and hand and body language that is stilted at best. Then there is the huge problem of the music which is a made up of forty second film scores which are all mix and match constantly swelling and falling. The visuals look great. I may watch it with the sound off. Then again, I like plain old fashioned documentaries without all the dramatics. His narration would be good for kids. No problem with the premise of a conscious universe but he doesn't present it as an idea but rather a fact. I believe it but I know it is a belief and not a scientific fact. Anyway you may love it. Check it out.
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Ken H. RichardsReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is heavy stuff presented in an appetizing and easily digested manner
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Is it the universe that is on a journey, or is it us, or is there a spiritual commonality between the two and a mutual journey? Almost every scene of Dr. Swimme's "Journey of the Universe" focuses on an idea, a concept, an intellectual construct that provokes further thought. This is not a flashy enhanced graphics display of cosmic vistas; rather, in its conventional approach, one can see the brilliance of Swimme's pedagogical skills. He is a naturally gifted teacher. (I use the word brilliance as often as I give a film 5 stars... rarely.) Dr. Swimme compels us to embark on a higher intellectual plane as we consider who, where, and what we are as humans. While founded almost exclusively on science, his inter-disciplinary approach to the topic reminds me of the writings of William Irwin Thompson, an internationally renouwned philosopher and cultural historian.

Dr. Swimme exposes the generally unconsidered links in virtually everything that is a part of the human condition and existance. This is heavy stuff presented in an appetizing and easily digested manner, though it is for the most part appropriate for adults. While I've only viewed "Journey of the Universe" once, I'm convinced a second or possible third viewing will yield more ideas, and intellectual constructs for consideration.
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DRSReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsMost accessible film on cosmology imaginable.
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I heartily recommend this film in all my talks about sustainability, and show clips of it in my workshops on how to build and operate a sustainable business. This film and the book and the related course introduced scientific concepts about the origins and continued expansion of the universe in a way most people can grasp and fully understand. It explains why it matters how the universe began, as it shows the interconnected of everything and everyone, and helps shine a light on how to move forward in a sustainable way with reverence for all living things, because at the end of the day, as Dr. Swimme says elsewhere, we are all a form of kin. This movie shows how that statement is true and relevant.
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Honest ReviewReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsTo do this in a way that provides deep insights and a focused concept of what the universe is all about in that short a time is
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To cover the span of known time in our universe in a one hour documentary, many generalizations must be made. To do this in a way that provides deep insights and a focused concept of what the universe is all about in that short a time is amazing. Well written, acted and produced. Some ideas that are refreshingly new to me were presented and I look forward to investigating them more deeply.
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MontyReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsFascinating, FREE on Amazon Prime, watch the credits too!
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Not everyone may like this but I loved it! Every middle schooler to adult will find something appreciate how it all makes sense especially to those willing to ponder Science doesn't negate our beliefs or vice versa.
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Cindy BergReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsYuck
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What a disgusting worldview. Depressing and Narcissistic. This idea that humans can be separated from evolution and are therefore corrupting it is childlike and stupid.
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