Jo Marchant credit Poppy Marchant

Jo Marchant

The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars

Festival of Ideas Online/
Tue 22 September 2020

Crowdcast

Jo Marchant

The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars

Jo Marchant credit Poppy Marchant
Tue 22 September 2020,

Crowdcast

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on our Crowdcast platform. It will also be live-streamed to Facebook. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

For most of human history, we have led not just an earthly existence but also a cosmic one. Jo Marchant (author of the New York Times bestseller Cure) argues that our innate relationship with the stars has shaped our religious beliefs, power structures, scientific advances and even our biology. However, over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe surrounding us, and that has come at a cost.

Has our modern disconnect with the night sky led to a wider ambivalence toward the wildlife around us? Can stargazing benefit our mental health and encourage us to behave more ethically? Marchant discusses humanity’s relationship with the heavens and explores the crucial role it has played in making us who we are today. She encourages us to rediscover the potential of the universe we inhabit, its wonder and potential for inspiration and revelation.

The Human Cosmos is published by Canongate. Buy a copy from our bookseller partner Waterstones.

The Human Comos Book Cover

Photo credit Poppy Marchant.

 

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