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(Topless Robot)   The thirteen most ball-tripping moments from Carl Sagan's Cosmos   (toplessrobot.com) divider line 14
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2012-11-14 08:59:21 PM  
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Dinobot: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 282x179]


Why is it missing James Burke?

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He made science most entertaining and exposed how invention are the stuff of high drama.
2012-11-14 09:40:01 PM  
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Frank N Stein: What, exactly, did Carl Sagan do to receive so much adoration? Not snarky or sarcastic or anything, I'm genuinely curious about your thoughts on the man and why you find him an important figure.


Can't speak for everyone, but I love Carl for two major reasons:
1) The man loved science. A love full of wonder for the Universe. And he a relentless desire to share that with everyone. When Cosmos first came out, it was a pretty major TV event, and it inspired a lot of people. He brought science to the masses in a way that was understandable and accessible, but never dumbed down.
2) He was also a tireless promoter of the scientific method, rational thinking, skepticism, and free thinking.
2012-11-14 06:34:46 PM  
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2012-11-15 08:08:59 AM  
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Russ Feingold's Brass Balls: Oakenshield: Ginnungagap42: taurusowner: VictoryCabal: 2) He was also a tireless promoter of the scientific method, rational thinking, skepticism, and free thinking.

Maybe at first. Some of his later stuff, especially with the spiritual tinge was really off the deep end.

I'm honestly curious, what is Sagan's spiritually tinged stuff? I can't seem to remember anything off the top of my head, but it's been a while since I read his books.

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I read that book, and I think you're mischaracterizing it.


This. In some of the later episodes of Cosmos he might lean a bit towards the philosophical, but it comes with dealing with issues like the death and birth of the universe, questions that we have no answers for an quite possibly never will. Any other time religion or superstition is brought up it is with a sense of disdain if not outright contempt.
2012-11-15 07:05:29 AM  
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Oakenshield: Ginnungagap42: taurusowner: VictoryCabal: 2) He was also a tireless promoter of the scientific method, rational thinking, skepticism, and free thinking.

Maybe at first. Some of his later stuff, especially with the spiritual tinge was really off the deep end.

I'm honestly curious, what is Sagan's spiritually tinged stuff? I can't seem to remember anything off the top of my head, but it's been a while since I read his books.

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Thanks for the reminder to add that to my to-read list.
2012-11-15 03:18:14 AM  
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emotion_lotion: They should get Dr. Neil to reboot the Cosmos series for this generation. I bet it would plant the seeds for an even better future.

/I still get tears in my eyes when I watch "pale blue dot".


If there were ever a contest for writing a Psalm for Atheists, Pale Blue Dot would get my vote.

The rational, real world is more magical than any theology could invent.
2012-11-15 01:29:04 AM  
1 votes:

Oakenshield: Ginnungagap42: taurusowner: VictoryCabal: 2) He was also a tireless promoter of the scientific method, rational thinking, skepticism, and free thinking.

Maybe at first. Some of his later stuff, especially with the spiritual tinge was really off the deep end.

I'm honestly curious, what is Sagan's spiritually tinged stuff? I can't seem to remember anything off the top of my head, but it's been a while since I read his books.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x327]


That was a book of skepticism against superstition.
2012-11-15 01:16:28 AM  
1 votes:

Oakenshield: Ginnungagap42: taurusowner: VictoryCabal: 2) He was also a tireless promoter of the scientific method, rational thinking, skepticism, and free thinking.

Maybe at first. Some of his later stuff, especially with the spiritual tinge was really off the deep end.

I'm honestly curious, what is Sagan's spiritually tinged stuff? I can't seem to remember anything off the top of my head, but it's been a while since I read his books.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x327]


I read that book, and I think you're mischaracterizing it.
2012-11-14 10:33:42 PM  
1 votes:
Both Carl Sagan and James Burke are awesome.

The Day the Universe Changed was science history as Wagnerian opera
2012-11-14 09:52:52 PM  
1 votes:

DrunkenBob: Dinobot: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 282x179]

Why is it missing James Burke?

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He made science most entertaining and exposed how invention are the stuff of high drama.


Yep. I actually prefer Connections to Cosmos, I find it both more entertaining and educational. Plus Burke doesn't accent every other word.
2012-11-14 08:43:29 PM  
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Carl is the only guy to whom I ever wrote a fan letter. At age 10, after having watched Cosmos a few years prior, then devouring The Cosmic Connection, Dragons of Eden, and Broca's Brain. Got a polite form letter back from Doubleday.

Taught me all about astronomy, relativity, DNA replication, neurology (some of the "split brain" anecdotes in Dragons of Eden were mindblowing at the time).

I've peeded back at it. The biology got dated, the astronomy and physics much less. Good times, good times.
2012-11-14 08:31:19 PM  
1 votes:

ds615: I'm glad they are doing another show like this.

I'm apprehensive on how dumb it will need to be to reach the masses.


What if doesn't?.
2012-11-14 07:21:06 PM  
1 votes:
This show basically activated my brain when I first watched it. I should show it to the kids, the oldest should understand most of it now.
2012-11-14 06:49:01 PM  
1 votes:
They should get Dr. Neil to reboot the Cosmos series for this generation. I bet it would plant the seeds for an even better future.

/I still get tears in my eyes when I watch "pale blue dot".
 
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