Myths, Metaphors, and Identities

This episode features a conversation on Myths, Metaphors, and Identities with Nancy Abrams and Sachiko Kawaura.

Nancy has a B.A. from the University of Chicago in the history and philosophy of science and a law degree from the University of Michigan.  She is the co-author, with Joel Primack, of View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos  and The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World. 

Sachiko has a Ph.D in Integral Studies. She is on the humanities faculty at Nanzan University in the Department of Psychology and Human Relations.  Her areas of research include social psychology, Native American Studies, and narrative interview research.

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

In this conversation, Nancy and Sachiko highlight the role of myth, metaphor, and art in broadening and deepening our understanding of human identity within a cosmological context. 

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.

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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