Models of the cosmos profoundly influence our interpretations of reality, shaping the lenses through which we perceive the world. After the Copernican shift nearly 500 years ago, the Scientific Revolution helped to establish a view of the universe as a vast, orderly, and predictable machine in the Western mind. Though mechanistic metaphors and reductionist approaches have come to dominate understanding of the cosmos, discoveries from many scientific disciplines are painting a picture of a universe that is dynamic, regenerative, self-organizing, and evolving. Some of the most profound findings have illuminated the extraordinary emergent ecological conditions that sustain complex life on Earth. We invite you to come explore some of these interconnections through a virtual journey across vast scales of time and space within the GeoDome portable immersive visualization environment. Using an interactive 3D atlas of the observable universe, we will explore how an emerging ecological paradigm is not only shifting perspectives on Earth’s ability to support life, but also transforming our perceptions of the cosmos and our place within it.
David McConville is president of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, a nonprofit organization facilitating convergences across design, art, science, and technology to identify and cultivate whole systems strategies for addressing complex global challenges. McConville is a media artist who designs immersive visualization environments that provide new perspectives on humanity’s home in the cosmos. He is also co-founder of the Elumenati design and engineering firm and creative director of the Worldviews Network, a collaboration of artists, scientists, and educators using storytelling and visualization to facilitate dialogues about community resilience in science centers across the United States.