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(Carl Sagan Portal)   "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" episode 3 discussion thread and drinking game. 9PM Eastern on Fox   (carlsagan.com) divider line 373
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2014-03-24 02:39:43 AM  

Pentaxian: I like the subtle references to the idea that Newton has Asperger's.


He was. He was completely asocial and asexual. He died a virgin.

He was the Sheldon Cooper of the 17th century. Insanely brilliant and intelligent, but weird in all sorts of ways.
 
2014-03-24 02:40:49 AM  

Thrakkorzog: After reading a couple comments up stream I had a thought... Shouldn't people running for public office have to pass an sat test for basic intelligence before they can run?


Not basic intelligence (that's hard to quantify anyway), but at the very least scientific literacy and rational inquiry.
 
2014-03-24 02:47:34 AM  

Ishkur: Thrakkorzog: After reading a couple comments up stream I had a thought... Shouldn't people running for public office have to pass an sat test for basic intelligence before they can run?

Not basic intelligence (that's hard to quantify anyway), but at the very least scientific literacy and rational inquiry.


Sadly, that would probably run afoul of the "no religious test" clause, as it would select against religion.
 
2014-03-24 02:51:06 AM  

The Bestest: No wonder Newton was a jerk.. shiatty parents, no strange, an arch-nemesis.
Meanwhile Halley had the rich, spoiling dad, hot wife, sailed around the world, and all the copies of "The History of Fish" a man could ever want.


What's interesting about those guys is how long they lived. Halley and Newton all survived well into their 80s. Christopher Wren died at age 91! And this was in an age where people didn't live past 60. Hooke is the only outlier but mostly due to lifestyle choice.

Those Royal Society dudes were some tough bastards.
 
2014-03-24 02:54:12 AM  

Ishkur: The Bestest: No wonder Newton was a jerk.. shiatty parents, no strange, an arch-nemesis.
Meanwhile Halley had the rich, spoiling dad, hot wife, sailed around the world, and all the copies of "The History of Fish" a man could ever want.

What's interesting about those guys is how long they lived. Halley and Newton all survived well into their 80s. Christopher Wren died at age 91! And this was in an age where people didn't live past 60. Hooke is the only outlier but mostly due to lifestyle choice.

Those Royal Society dudes were some tough bastards.


I'm thankful they were tough bastards. So much science they taught us
 
2014-03-24 02:54:52 AM  

Ishkur: Thrakkorzog: After reading a couple comments up stream I had a thought... Shouldn't people running for public office have to pass an sat test for basic intelligence before they can run?

Not basic intelligence (that's hard to quantify anyway), but at the very least scientific literacy and rational inquiry.


"Rational inquiry" in a politician? Unpossible.
 
2014-03-24 03:12:31 AM  

Danger Avoid Death: JerseyTim: Why do all these great scientists look like members of 80s hair metal bands?

They're all Tesla fans.


Outstanding. I award you full marks, carry on.
 
2014-03-24 03:53:44 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: I'm watching basketball.  You nerds can keep pretending this show makes you smarter when in fact your liberal arts degrees prove you know jack shiat.


Nice of you to farky yourself.
 
2014-03-24 04:48:34 AM  
I had hoped that combined, Fox and Nat Geo would have done a better job. Does all the CGI cost That much? Was Tysons salary That high? Did Seth want That much to do this? Or did Network Production costs suck up the budget? At least the Original Cosmos had Live background settings for the storytelling. Now we get these crappy Cartoons. I'm just not liking it all that much. This is a real let down for me from what I was expecting. I'll probably watch the rest but I don't see saving them and adding this series to my library. I am Disappointed.
 
2014-03-24 07:30:37 AM  
When Pat Robertson is telling people to stop freaking out about this, I'm pretty sure that means the people genuinely outraged are operating from an extremely narrow fringe.  But by all means, attribute their sentiments to a 2 billion people.

And before anyone confuses me for one of them, I think we need to have a show like this run every day.  Preferably in place of cartoons.
 
2014-03-24 07:36:43 AM  
If you guys drink any time carlos mencia NTD steals a Sagan quote we're going to have some fatalities.
 
2014-03-24 07:38:59 AM  
Aquapope
(favorite: 8144629 blames conservatives/texans for collider cancellation)


Don't forget that Creationists are pissed that Cosmos hasn't given a fair shake to their theories.


As originally predicted, more derp about a few religious folks than actual posts about enjoying the show.
 
2014-03-24 08:24:29 AM  

Lapdance: At least the Original Cosmos had Live background settings for the storytelling. Now we get these crappy Cartoons. I'm just not liking it all that much.


I'm more disappointed in the music choices. The original got me very interested in classical music as a kid and I remember spending a long time trying to track down what the guitar piece that they used throughout the show was (Google sure would have been handy in the 80s).

It also seems rather rushed in its presentation whereas the original was slower and gave you time to think. There's less "majesty". But that's what happens when you have only 40 minutes instead of an hour and very frequent commercial breaks.
 
2014-03-24 08:58:58 AM  

Kumana Wanalaia: There's so many ways a comet can die?

Bad Neil, bad!

There're. There're. There're!


Their, their.  Its ok.
 
2014-03-24 09:00:44 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Flashlight: Easily the most boring program ever.

Sorry, you want the 700 Club thread. Which doesn't exist.

Hey, I've heard of Jan Oort! But then, I'm a nerd.


I was going to say, when he said something like "You've never heard of Jan Oort" I thought, "I wonder what the ratio between percentage of viewers who have heard of him and percentage of general population?"
 
2014-03-24 09:08:20 AM  

cmb53208: The history of  fish??


I so want to read that book now.
 
2014-03-24 09:22:59 AM  

Kiribub: "Put up or shut up"

?

In the 17th century?


It dates to around 1878, so yeah, off by about 200 years.
 
2014-03-24 09:28:19 AM  

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RIP Thandie Newton

 
2014-03-24 09:28:22 AM  

cyberspacedout: Is there a slightly more conservative drinking game?


Like every time Glenn Beck cries, take a sip?  Whenever Rush Limbaugh says something misogynistic, pop an Oxy?
 
2014-03-24 09:45:21 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Fairly certain Tyson was just rapping there.


I'm eagerly anticipating the Large Hadron Collider episode.
 
2014-03-24 09:48:19 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: Kiribub: Actually, Hell's Bells reminds me of the Dresden Files.

I miss that show... Another show that died before it's time...


Now we're never going to see Sue in action.

"It doesn't count as necromancy if it's a dinosaur." - Words to live by.
 
2014-03-24 12:44:55 PM  
CAREY ELWES DRINK.

Oh crap, I'm streaming this alone.
 
2014-03-24 01:44:06 PM  

rewind2846: cameroncrazy1984: Benevolent Misanthrope: Hello, everyone!

I have no cable, and therefore no Cosmos :(, but wanted to drop in and say Hi y'all.

What's shakin'?

You don't get Fox OTA?

For all those people who repeat the phrase "Over The Air"

Not everyone lives in an area with adequate reception due to distance, hills, living in apartments and not being able to stick a 40 foot antenna on the roof, and other interference factors. Those people use cable or satellite, and if they don't have cable or satellite, they have no live television. They will have to torrent the program later or download it from usenet, where it will be posted by 6 am tomorrow.


Just an FYI, a certain port of call tends to have it within 30 minutes of the show ending.
 
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