In this fourth century of the scientific revolution, our understanding of nature and the universe is expanding in all directions. The social, cultural and spiritual implications of this upheaval areincalculable. At the same time, high technology-based media are also in a period of dramatic development, enabling us to widely share this newly dawning consciousness with a previously undreamt ofdegree of verisimilitude. Our planetary civilization is in the later stages of becoming a wholly intercommunicating organism. Advances in visual resolution, interactivity and virtual reality make itpossible to place the joystick of exploration in every hand; to open the galaxies, the atom and the cell for personal reconnaissance. The lines between commerce, education, entertainment and every otheraspect of human activity blur to the point of vanishing. Learning is now viewed as a lifelong pursuit. And yet, our most dazzling entertainment capabilities are reserved for material that is largelysubstance-free. Meanwhile the real-time unfolding of the grandeur of the universe is treated as an aside; blandly reported, if at all.
We are a team of writers, filmmakers, producers, researchers,engineers, educators and artists who, with a growing list of partners across science, communications and finance, seek to address this disconnect.
Carl Sagan, and those of us privileged to workwith him, demonstrated that there is a worldwide appetite for compelling entertainment that reflects our deepening understanding of cosmic evolution and our place in its great story. The global successof these efforts, both critical and financial, transcend every conceivable demographic of age, gender, economics and culture. There is a planet-wide hunger for myths, images and dreams that reflect ourradically altered sense of who, where and when we are...and where we might go and who we might become.
Science is posing formidable challenges to some of our most ancient assumptions and...