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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssy

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  • #997921

    countessbranca
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    What does everyone think so far? I’m not sold, but entertained enough to be strung along for a bit longer…

    #998045

    mrsgeedeck
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    Honestly, it’s the highlight of my TV viewing week. A lot of early complaints from science nerds was that the series doesn’t delve too deeply into astronomy and hard science, but I don’t think that’s the purpose of the show. This is the first time a program of this type has been on network television in a prime time slot, and Tyson isn’t on it to teach astrophysics. The show is geared to getting people even vaguely interested in science and the universe so that they will explore more on their own and get a discussion going.

    Might I ask what you don’t like.

    #998067

    GCrites80s
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    Honestly, it’s the highlight of my TV viewing week. A lot of early complaints from science nerds was that the series doesn’t delve too deeply into astronomy and hard science, but I don’t think that’s the purpose of the show. This is the first time a program of this type has been on network television in a prime time slot, and Tyson isn’t on it to teach astrophysics. The show is geared to getting people even vaguely interested in science and the universe so that they will explore more on their own and get a discussion going.

    That same complaint was levied against the first Cosmos and Carl Sagan himself. Sagan was a generalist and both Cosmos series are also generalist in nature. A lot of people in the science community despise generalists. They don’t realize that without faces like Sagan and Tyson around scientists get thrown back into the “mad scientist” and “absent minded professor” stereotypes.

    Personally, I’m really digging the new Cosmos too. I do find it interesting that on one Fox channel they confirm the world is billions of years old while on anther they insist it’s only a few thousand.

    #998113

    mrsgeedeck
    Participant

    HAHA! Fox News is so remote from my mind I hadn’t even considered that, great point!

    People aren’t going to invest, or advocate for something they don’t understand. I see Tyson, and I know he has a brilliant mind, but his job, both with Cosmos as well as the New York Planetarium is fundraising and advocacy, neither of which he can be successful at if he’s talking over the heads of 98% of the public.

    #1001199

    Achekov
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    I like the show so far. Can’t imagine it will make it on Prime Time TV, though. This is why PBS was created.

    #1001239

    Pablo
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    I like the show. My 10 year old son is fascinated by it even though he doesn’t understand all the concepts. Maybe that’s the point – to get people interested in science.

    #1001242
    Porky
    Porky
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    Last night was a good one, esp. the discussion around the speed of light and how nothing will ever be able to be faster than the speed of light and the only way for the universe to be logical if if it has a speed limit.
    Never considered this before.

    #1001579

    countessbranca
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    @mrsgeedeck: It can be a little corny and the narrative line is a bit jumpy for my taste. I’m really glad there’s a program on television on this topic that is so visible, and I think Tyson is a great pick as host.

    #1009869

    Achekov
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    I thought last nights episode was choppy and jumped too quickly from one subject to the next. Somehow we got from photosynthesis to nutrinos in three steps. There was still some good stuff going on though.

    #1019215
    hugh59
    hugh59
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    Oh my. Errors in digital recording can sometimes be hilarious. Mae and I were watching a recording of the May 18th episode. The digital signal kept dropping out while the computer was recording the program. At one point, host Neil deGrasse Tyson was talking about the explosion caused by an asteroid hitting the Earth. As best I can tell, he said, “…big asteroid hit the Earth, the explosion…” But the signal dropped out for a few seconds. So what we heard was, “…big ass…explosion.”

    #1019262
    hugh59
    hugh59
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    Here is the audio of what we heard.

    #1019410
    Posole
    Posole
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    This is actually turning out to be a great history show. The history is actually as interesting as the science.

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