Cosmic Background Explorer
An Epiphany app by Rich Blundell
The Cosmosis1 App provides a new lived-experience of science… an epiphany, really. By making abstract science real, it suggests the hidden world that’s just behind the scenes. This app shows you what your eyes keep you from seeing.
The universe is an incredible13.8 billion-year evolutionary story leading up to the very moment you read these lines. I think the world needs an app that can begin to convey this reality. Welcome to Cosmosis1, the world’s first cosmic “Epiphany App.”
a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.
This is not your typical kind of app. Cosmosis1 will change the way you see the world by revealing a cosmos that your eyes keep you from seeing. So instead of letting you know when the next bus will arrive, or puzzle over virtual candy combos, Cosmosis1 will show you a cosmic story that is actually your story.
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The Cosmosis1 app for iphone and ipad is now on the Apple Store !
The cosmic story is also scientific reality. How do we know this? Where did it all come from? Where did YOU come from? Where is the evidence for this claim? Well, it’s all around you. Look into the sky, or at a blade of grass, or even your own hand. If your eyes could be fine-tuned to see in a slightly different wavelength of light, you would suddenly be able to see an otherwise hidden world of evidence. That’s precisely what this app allows you to do.
The Cosmosis1 app integrates special video clips to help guide you along the way. Here is a sample:
About Rich Blundell
I have rather a long and storied track record of terrestrial and marine learning and teaching. What really drives me is my love of nature and a passion for communicating the science of life. At the moment I am busy trying to complete a PhD dissertation titled: Waking up in the Anthropocene: An Exploration of the Transformative Potential of Big History from Personal to Cultural Levels. For more on my academic work (and not-so-academic adventures) check out my profile page here or visit omniscopic.com. If you are into surfing or wooden surfboards, check out this.
If science is not your thing, don’t worry. You won’t even know you are learning. I’ll will be your onboard video guide so you’ll be able to watch (or just listen) as I explain things. You are free to explore with me or on your own. If you are already into science, this app will still blow your mind because you’ll finally be able to actually experience the science that you already know. Plus, the app provides links to more information and experiences about the phenomena explored through the app. Either way, with the right guidance, science, and a little imagination, you’ll be able to see the world a lot differently.
The Cosmosis1 is designed to be fun and informal but also educational. So it can be used to enhance any high school or college level curriculum. If you are an educator, you’ll be glad to know that I have designed this app based on the most established science and rigorous educational research. What is original are the new interpretations of the established science. The content is also delivered inaccordance with Deweyan constructivist learning principles. If you are curious about the educational theory behind this app, you’ll be able to find my article published in the International Journal of Immersive Education (Blundell 2013). Educators wanting to use the app to enhance their courses (as a fun homework assignment, for example) can purchase the app at half price (for 20 or more downloads).i Tunes will provide a list of free download codes that can be distributed to students.
The concept of a disruptive epiphany dovetails nicely with the subject of my ongoing PhD research on transformative learning in Big History. I assembled some of the most compelling ideas to emerge from the Big History narrative and thought about how I could turn them into rich experiences. As far as making them transformative, I drew on my preliminary research results with my own students. And for more personal inspiration, all I had to do was recall the many moments of awe and connection that I have felt in my own engagement with the story of the universe.
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The Cosmosis1 App is currently in beta testing. We will be releasing a very limited number of prototype versions in June, 2014. If you wish to be a beta tester (and have an iPhone) please contact us using the form below.
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Follow Cosmosis on-tour and connect with Rich on the road
Connect with Rich Blundell, creator of the Cosmosis Epiphany Apps, on the preliminary leg of his cross-county road tour this summer. Rich will be traveling in his Bio-Diesel-powered van delivering special previews of his Surfer’s Guide to the Universe multimedia lecture series at various venues along the way. The journey begins in Boston in July and traces a meandering path across the USA. The destination of this preliminary leg is the International Big History Association Conference being held at Dominican University in San Rafael, California where, on August 9th, Rich will perform the premier of the culminating creative project of his PhD dissertation Shakespeare in the Cave: A Big History of Art. This will officially launch the Surfer’s Guide to the Universe On-Tour for North America (Europe and Australia are next).
Here is the tentative route and schedule Rich will be taking. As venues are organized they will begin to appear on this map:
To prepare for his big debut at the IBHA conference, Rich is seeking small friendly venues along the route in order to practice delivering different parts of the Surfer’s Guide to the Universe lecture series. If you know of an event or venue that is in the vicinity of his route, and would like to explore having Rich come give a FREE talk, please use the form above. Rich will consider any venue (such asscience centers & planetariums, school gymnasiums, university campuses,community theaters and halls, libraries & bookstores, bars & music venues, or even your living room).