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From the lives of the stars to creation theories, functions of the human brain, and the ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Cosmos asks big questions. When appropriate, Sagan offers big answers, or asks still bigger–and yes, even spiritual–questions at the boundaries of science and religion.
What’s most remarkable about Cosmos is that it remains almost entirely fresh, with few updates needed to the science that Sagan so passionately celebrates. It is no exaggeration to say that Cosmos–for all the debate it may continue to provoke–is a vital document for humanity at a pivotal crossroads of our history.
The complete landmark TV series – 13 one-hour episodes, including:
I: The Shores Of the Cosmos II: One Voice In the Cosmic Fugue III: The Harmony Of the Worlds IV: Heaven and Hell V: Blues For A Red Planet VI: Travellers’ Tales VII: The Backbone of Night VIII: Travels In Space and Time IX: The Lives Of the Stars X: The Edge Of Forever XI: The Persistence Of Memory XII: Encyclopedia Galactica XIII: Who Speaks For Earth?
The Music of Cosmos – Collector’s Edition
I: The Shores Of the Cosmos
II: One Voice In the Cosmic Fugue
III: The Harmony Of the Worlds
IV: Heaven and Hell
V: Blues For A Red Planet
VI: Travellers’ Tales
VII: The Backbone of Night
VIII: Travels In Space and Time
IX: The Lives Of the Stars
X: The Edge Of Forever
XI: The Persistence Of Memory
XII: Encyclopedia Galactica
XIII: Who Speaks For Earth?
XIV: A Dialougue Between Carl Sagan & Ted Turner
Can also be found on Hulu.
For a town dependent on Stars, there are far too few people here who look up at the sky. But come this Sunday, March 9th everyone will have a chance to marvel at our sky’s brilliance and fly through the depths of the Universe… all via your living room’s flat screen. The epic series of science,…
we hold so tight to the things we care about
moments, people, objects, places
and yet it all passes, and this is devastating
however, this is the way it should be
we do not want the everyday, the usual, the infinite
the special bits are the ones that only last for a brief moment, and then are gone
our fragile joys, the finite pleasures, the happy little bubbles that float up in front of us despite the chaotic sprawl of life spinning its way out around us, these moments are precious because they are soon gone.
realize that there is actually an exact number of breaths that you will ever take in your life. how many breaths will you take? what number is this one?
Spinoza: Practical Philosophy by Gilles Deleuze
Wisdoms, so much wisdoms
here is an interesting study that essentially developed a method for causing people to get to know each other in a very short space of time, to find out deep and intimate information about them without being intrusive or obnoxious, instead through games and unusual questions about the little things that make up the whole person
would you use this?
would you be comfortable in getting to know a complete stranger, to care about them?
i think this marks a potential game-changer that, if utilized correctly, could fix the broken way that we humans try to relate to new people, where we hide and worry and doubt and fear, instead of connecting openly and honestly and trustingly in the spirit of just fun and joy and the amazing chance to compare what it’s like to be ourselves, to be on the inside looking out, with the perspective of another person
i am excited!
a language is being developed as a combination of the six major languages of the world: english, russian, mandarin chinese, hindi, spanish and arabic.
this idea is fascinating, because they are designing it to be a perfectly logical language, so we could directly code computers without needing to translate into computer language, minimizing errors in programming and also in conversation.
sounds like someone wants to turn human communication into a dull, computational maths language, right?
The removal of grammatical ambiguity from modification […] seems to heighten creative exploration of word combination. […] Other areas of possible benefit are (surprisingly in a ‘logical’ language) emotional expression. Lojban has a fully developed set of metalinguistic and emotional attitude indicators that supplant much of the baggage of aspect and mood found in natural languages, but most clearly separate indicative statements from the emotional communication associated with those statements. This might lead to freer expression and consideration of ideas, since stating an idea can be distinguished from supporting that idea. The set of possible indicators is also large enough to provide specificity and clarity of emotions that is difficult in natural languages.
This idea is so exciting. Imagine a future where humans are travelling through space and communicating with people from all over the world at once, while programming and maintaining hyper-complex spaceships. This language could seriously be the next big thing.
just spent today arguing with christians on thinkingchristian.net/blog instead of studying consciousness… time well spent? who knows, gaping holes in their logic seem to not bother them too much. at least i had fun, got to finish with a bit of freudian psychoanalysis to annoy one of them #defencemechanisms #disgustingparentalthoughts