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2014-05-12 03:01:52 PM
He should do bit on tides.
 
2014-05-12 03:56:28 PM
i loved the extended shots of richard dawkins. NDT loves to get his digs in at the anti-science crowd.
 
2014-05-12 04:16:17 PM
I like how this show is including history in the science, instead of just using it as a framework.  The one thing I didn't like about most "science" shows was that science was done by scientists and you had to understand the science to appreciate it.  Here with the new version of Cosmos, it is showing science as a good story that can be enjoyed by all.  The story being: "How did we get here from there, and where are we going?"

I wish we had this revision a decade ago.  It might help stamp out the anti-science sentiments going around now.  Maybe with the next generation...
 
2014-05-12 04:21:48 PM

real_headhoncho: I like how this show is including history in the science, instead of just using it as a framework.  The one thing I didn't like about most "science" shows was that science was done by scientists and you had to understand the science to appreciate it.  Here with the new version of Cosmos, it is showing science as a good story that can be enjoyed by all.  The story being: "How did we get here from there, and where are we going?"

I wish we had this revision a decade ago.  It might help stamp out the anti-science sentiments going around now.  Maybe with the next generation...


Try to find an Old show called "connections" online   it was the absolute gold standard of the "How did we get from there to here" type science stories
 
2014-05-12 04:27:50 PM
I hope they can extend Cosmos, I really like it.  Perhaps go into greater depth in some areas, or cover new discoveries as they emerge.

As it stands, there are only 4 left.  Recreations of the original mini-series.
 
2014-05-12 04:57:03 PM
How do they do that?
 
2014-05-12 05:00:17 PM

Diogenes: He should do bit on tides.


And the fact that he hasn't is proof that you can't explain that, libtard.
 
2014-05-12 05:12:13 PM

Magorn: real_headhoncho: I like how this show is including history in the science, instead of just using it as a framework.  The one thing I didn't like about most "science" shows was that science was done by scientists and you had to understand the science to appreciate it.  Here with the new version of Cosmos, it is showing science as a good story that can be enjoyed by all.  The story being: "How did we get here from there, and where are we going?"

I wish we had this revision a decade ago.  It might help stamp out the anti-science sentiments going around now.  Maybe with the next generation...

Try to find an Old show called "connections" online   it was the absolute gold standard of the "How did we get from there to here" type science stories


Yeah, I loved that show.
 
2014-05-12 06:00:04 PM

Magorn: Try to find an Old show called "connections" online it was the absolute gold standard of the "How did we get from there to here" type science stories


The first season really was about "conections."  Subsequent seasons should have been called "coincidences."
 
2014-05-12 06:00:47 PM
*connections
 
2014-05-12 06:36:34 PM

doyner: *connections


upload.wikimedia.org

MUCH better show than Cosmos.
 
2014-05-12 06:45:30 PM
I feel like Cosmos should be on for years. They should get some other scientists in there doing their part. NDT is awesome, but yeah, I'm sure he needs to move on. There is a basic framework here that can just be built on and more Cosmos.

I wish I had known about Cosmos when I was a kid. I loved dinosaurs and space.
 
2014-05-12 06:47:45 PM
img.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-12 06:51:08 PM

jigger: doyner: *connections

[upload.wikimedia.org image 346x236]

MUCH better show than Cosmos.


Why do we have to choose?
 
2014-05-12 06:51:15 PM

doyner: Magorn: Try to find an Old show called "connections" online it was the absolute gold standard of the "How did we get from there to here" type science stories

The first season really was about "connections."  Subsequent seasons should have been called "coincidences."


The original British incarnation (1978) was consistently good, and I'd definitely recommend it to anybody enjoying Cosmos (DVD is available in the US, but it's not cheap).

I understand there was a revival of the show in the 1990s, but never saw it. Is that the subsequent seasons you are referring to, or were there other versions of the show?
 
2014-05-12 06:51:50 PM

real_headhoncho: I like how this show is including history in the science, instead of just using it as a framework.  The one thing I didn't like about most "science" shows was that science was done by scientists and you had to understand the science to appreciate it.  Here with the new version of Cosmos, it is showing science as a good story that can be enjoyed by all.  The story being: "How did we get here from there, and where are we going?"

I wish we had this revision a decade ago.  It might help stamp out the anti-science sentiments going around now.  Maybe with the next generation...


The original Carl Sagan Cosmos had metric farktons of history in it.
 
2014-05-12 07:00:13 PM
No one could ever describe magnets better than the late Nobel physics laureate Richard Feynman.
 
2014-05-12 07:01:21 PM

Diogenes: He should do bit on tides.


Eventually he'll explain that tides are because of Jesus.

Imagine the reaction he'd get =D
 
2014-05-12 07:01:21 PM

Magorn: Try to find an Old show called "connections" online it was the absolute gold standard of the "How did we get from there to here" type science stories


It was shown on TLC, back in the days when those letters stood for "The Learning Channel".
 
2014-05-12 07:02:27 PM

jigger: doyner: *connections

[upload.wikimedia.org image 346x236]

MUCH better show than Cosmos.


Epic troll.

How can you like one and not like the other?
 
2014-05-12 07:04:37 PM

czetie: doyner: Magorn: Try to find an Old show called "connections" online it was the absolute gold standard of the "How did we get from there to here" type science stories

The first season really was about "connections."  Subsequent seasons should have been called "coincidences."

The original British incarnation (1978) was consistently good, and I'd definitely recommend it to anybody enjoying Cosmos (DVD is available in the US, but it's not cheap).

I understand there was a revival of the show in the 1990s, but never saw it. Is that the subsequent seasons you are referring to, or were there other versions of the show?


The incarnations are Connections, Connections2 and Connections 3.

I cannot legally recommend that you find torrents of all three.
I wish that I could.
 
2014-05-12 07:06:23 PM
www.psychopathicrecords.com
/The shiat I have to do here... you are all slackers..... but you are my favorite slackers on the net... so that's something.
 
2014-05-12 07:21:51 PM
Insane Cosmos Posse.
 
2014-05-12 07:27:43 PM

jigger: doyner: *connections

[upload.wikimedia.org image 346x236]

MUCH better show than Cosmos.


James Burke regrets choosing that particular suit, because every time they filmed a new bit, he had to wear it again so when they edited the show together it wouldn't look like he changed clothes between cuts.

It was styling in 79 though.
 
2014-05-12 07:32:13 PM

Magorn: Try to find an Old show called "connections" online it was the absolute gold standard of the "How did we get from there to here" type science stories


Came in here to say this. "Connections" was the hookup.
 
2014-05-12 07:41:22 PM

Ivo Shandor: It was shown on TLC, back in the days when those letters stood for "The Learning Channel".


Speaking of which, did you ever catch a show called "The Secret Life of Machines" back in those heady days? Shiat was filmed on like 5 quid and a pack of smokes, but it was awesome in its own right.
 
2014-05-12 07:49:37 PM
We need more people who are famous for being scientists.
 
2014-05-12 07:50:43 PM
Has anyone seen that show where the Cable guy shows up minutes after the cable goes out?
 
2014-05-12 07:51:52 PM

Foundling: czetie: doyner: Magorn: Try to find an Old show called "connections" online it was the absolute gold standard of the "How did we get from there to here" type science stories

The first season really was about "connections."  Subsequent seasons should have been called "coincidences."

The original British incarnation (1978) was consistently good, and I'd definitely recommend it to anybody enjoying Cosmos (DVD is available in the US, but it's not cheap).

I understand there was a revival of the show in the 1990s, but never saw it. Is that the subsequent seasons you are referring to, or were there other versions of the show?

The incarnations are Connections, Connections2 and Connections 3.

I cannot legally recommend that you find torrents of all three.
I wish that I could.


The Day the Universe Changed was enjoyable too.

/so much knowledge available, so much willful ignorance in response...
 
2014-05-12 08:05:25 PM
On this week's episode of "Cosmos" Neil Degrasse Tyson explained magnets and how the fark they do work.

No he really didn't.

Like pretty much everything on this lackluster retread, NDT gets part of the way there, gets you interested in the idea, then runs out of time and quickly moves onto another topic because commercials. Also spent a LOT of time talking about Faraday being depressed......

Examples from last night:

* Why did Faraday think that magnets would shift the polarization of light?

* Why did it work in glass but not the other substances?

* Was there something special about this glass sample? Or does it work in all glass?

* How does magnetism change the polarization of light? What mechanism causes that?

* Why is it important for "discovering the hidden secrets of the universe?"

* Is the magnetic/light intertwineness important for any technologies we use today?
 
2014-05-12 08:25:18 PM

Tax Boy: On this week's episode of "Cosmos" Neil Degrasse Tyson explained magnets and how the fark they do work.

No he really didn't.

Like pretty much everything on this lackluster retread, NDT gets part of the way there, gets you interested in the idea, then runs out of time and quickly moves onto another topic because commercials. Also spent a LOT of time talking about Faraday being depressed......

Examples from last night:

* Why did Faraday think that magnets would shift the polarization of light?

* Why did it work in glass but not the other substances?

* Was there something special about this glass sample? Or does it work in all glass?

* How does magnetism change the polarization of light? What mechanism causes that?

* Why is it important for "discovering the hidden secrets of the universe?"

* Is the magnetic/light intertwineness important for any technologies we use today?


Cosmos isn't aimed at astronomers and physicists.  It's aimed at the general public and to delve too deeply into any subject (or to throw the math at you) would be a turn-off to much of the intended audience.  I understand I'm getting a Cliff's notes version and that's fine.  That's what I want my nieces and nephews to get from the show; hopefully enough to get them interested in the deeper stuff by the time they are in high school.
 
2014-05-12 08:26:58 PM
i18.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-12 08:42:40 PM

golden goat: No one could ever describe magnets better than the late Nobel physics laureate Richard Feynman.


Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2014-05-12 08:55:15 PM

jso2897: [i18.photobucket.com image 531x513]


First thing that came to mind:  "Simulated jaw line".
 
2014-05-12 09:05:32 PM
The original Connections on YouTube.

If you haven't seen it, take the time to watch it. Connections, like Cosmos, is a great example of what is possible with educational television, if we simply fund it.
 
2014-05-12 09:10:13 PM
 
2014-05-12 09:23:30 PM

Tax Boy: Like pretty much everything on this lackluster retread, NDT gets part of the way there, gets you interested in the idea, then runs out of time and quickly moves onto another topic because commercials.


Consider the audience.  This isn't a show for people who already know science (though it will be of interest to them too).
 
2014-05-12 09:33:19 PM
whither_apophis:

The Day the Universe Changed was enjoyable too.

/so much knowledge available, so much willful ignorance in response...


I enjoyed that series a lot better than Connections. The story was more linear. And in the very last episode he's predicting the impact something like the Internet would have, calling it the next big thing on the horizon. That series was made in 1985, so he wasn't too far ahead on that prediction.
 
2014-05-12 09:33:32 PM

FlashHarry: i loved the extended shots of richard dawkins.


Richard Dawkins is a manchild attention whore who should stick to evolutionary biology.

/atheist
 
2014-05-12 10:00:24 PM

DeadPhelps: Also: Carl Sagan's Cosmos on YouTube.


GOD LOVES YOU

Or the Universe, whichever :D
 
2014-05-12 10:03:24 PM
 
2014-05-12 10:03:29 PM
The moment I saw Dawkins involved i knew it was just more atheist claptrap. Sorry NDT, you are not somehow better than god and i'm not buying the bs you are peddling.
 
2014-05-12 10:03:47 PM

Dangl1ng: I feel like Cosmos should be on for years. They should get some other scientists in there doing their part. NDT is awesome, but yeah, I'm sure he needs to move on. There is a basic framework here that can just be built on and more Cosmos.

I wish I had known about Cosmos when I was a kid. I loved dinosaurs and space.


But space didn't love the dinosaurs.

Or perhaps it loved them a bit too much...
 
2014-05-12 10:09:00 PM

jopy666: The moment I saw Dawkins involved i knew it was just more atheist claptrap. Sorry NDT, you are not somehow better than god and i'm not buying the bs you are peddling.


http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/218/547/WTFisThisSh it .png?1324143544
 
2014-05-12 10:09:35 PM

grumpfuff: jopy666: The moment I saw Dawkins involved i knew it was just more atheist claptrap. Sorry NDT, you are not somehow better than god and i'm not buying the bs you are peddling.

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/218/547/WTFisThisSh it .png?1324143544


eww fark.

i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-05-12 10:14:55 PM

grumpfuff: grumpfuff: jopy666: The moment I saw Dawkins involved i knew it was just more atheist claptrap. Sorry NDT, you are not somehow better than god and i'm not buying the bs you are peddling.

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/218/547/WTFisThisSh it .png?1324143544

eww fark.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 400x300]


a) troll
b) derping moron

Neither are worth your time.
 
2014-05-12 10:18:50 PM

SquiggsIN: grumpfuff: grumpfuff: jopy666: The moment I saw Dawkins involved i knew it was just more atheist claptrap. Sorry NDT, you are not somehow better than god and i'm not buying the bs you are peddling.

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/218/547/WTFisThisSh it .png?1324143544

eww fark.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 400x300]

a) troll
b) derping moron

Neither are worth your time.


I forgot.. based on the username jopy666, I'm guessing it's a.
 
2014-05-12 10:23:34 PM

SquiggsIN: SquiggsIN: grumpfuff: grumpfuff: jopy666: The moment I saw Dawkins involved i knew it was just more atheist claptrap. Sorry NDT, you are not somehow better than god and i'm not buying the bs you are peddling.

http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/218/547/WTFisThisSh it .png?1324143544

eww fark.

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 400x300]

a) troll
b) derping moron

Neither are worth your time.

I forgot.. based on the username jopy666, I'm guessing it's a.


Maybe, but I really love that meme for some reason, and I just enjoy posting it.
 
2014-05-12 10:23:58 PM
"Cosmos" is rated, amazingly, TV-L and/or TV-V for "language" and "violence."

It should be rated TV-S for "science," which frightens some people a lot more than violence does.

Good job, Fox Entertainment. I'm sorry you're genetically linked to Fox News.
 
2014-05-12 10:26:27 PM
I watched the original as a little kid. Dad (a product of the age when working class men bothered to contribute to their children's education) even bought me the book.

I tuned into this new series for a couple minutes, saw some shiatty cartoon animation, wasn't impressed. Sucks they had to associate this series with Sagan's.
 
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