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A Final StoryScience, Myth, and Beginnings$
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Nasser Zakariya

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226476124

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.001.0001

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A New Version of Genesis

A New Version of Genesis

(p.375) Chapter Twelve A New Version of Genesis
A Final Story

Nasser Zakariya

University of Chicago Press

The production, conception, and circulation of three series—the 2001 Evolution: A Journey into Where We’re From and Where We’re Going, the 2004 NOVA series Origins, and the 2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey—suggests the breadth and concision of the contemporary universal history, demonstrating how each series attempts to channel and address particular elements of its wider social and political context, with prominence given to contemporaneous politicized polarizations of specific religious and scientific camps. The production and reception (from embrace to dismissal) of these documentaries, and the outreach tied to them, also suggest the degree to which the mythology of science had become established as a recognized and authorized element of contemporary culture—the degree to which its final story was broadly received as a universal history.

Keywords:   documentary sensibility, intelligent design, filmic simulation, universal historical projection, Evolution, Cosmos, NOVA Origins

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