“The Cosmos Is All That Is Or Was Or Ever Will Be”


carl-sagans-letter-to-neil-degrasse-tyson-featuredThe Original  1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage; sparked the imagination of millions when it first aired, and perhaps billions ever-since. I am often baffled when I hear people parsing Carl Sagan for making the science simple easy enough for the average person to understand. Most of the “dumb-down” science really is not, when I took my college science class I found the terminology and the concepts presented in the  exact  manner that Carl Sagan did, so why people credit him with making science easy enough to understand?

To me it is simple Carl Sagan; beyond his natural gifts as a story-teller or educator, was humble. Most of the people one encountered , until recent years, in the science field tend to be temperamental as a Soprano diva–most felt the  need to cloud science in the most confounded nomenclature possible, maybe a way  to show superiority. In the last 10 years or so I have seen a reversing of that trend, people in the sciences are more open, more relaxed, it seems that being the tightly wound neurotic science geek is un-cool. I think this is what the revamped version of Cosmos hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson can offer new audiences science as incredibly informative as the original series but approachable.

Sure it’s broadcast on FOX but if there is one thing I learned from Carl Sagan is to abandon all chauvinism, thanks Carl, now show us what you have Neil.

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367 Responses to “The Cosmos Is All That Is Or Was Or Ever Will Be”

  1. waverly says:

    Nirvana – All Apologies (MTV Unplugged)

  2. waverly says:

    As much as I wanted to go out today as it was simply gorgeous out there, I didn’t feel quite up to it, so I cleaned the kitchen, bath, and did laundry instead. Oh what fun 😀

    • FOUR EYES says:

      By WED it should be back to 20 for a high. Wave..save a couple of rooms….8-)

      • waverly says:

        no worries by then I should be feeling well enough to get back on with (whatever the hell it is I do here) LOL.

        While it’s still 58, I put my jacket on and opened the widows for some fresh air. I try to use as many green and unscented laundry, dishwashing and bathroom cleaning products as I can. But I’m still sensitive to that stuff and need fresh air (not always feasible at below zero temps) So nice to have the windows open. With the sunshine today it actually got up to 76 in here today

      • waverly says:

        Oh 4E btw I only have a coupla rooms, HA! Actually the living room is quite large and it contains my living room, dining room and a home office all in one. That and with the ceilings at 11ft it feels spacious for just me and Darla. 😀

        Closest I ever got to having a house was when I lived in Hollywood FL. Only problem was that my then fiance wanted to live on a boat. And did he stay in Florida where this makes sense? No, he was from NY and moved back and lives lord only knows where in his boat docked somewhere around Manhattan. Can you imagine ? He wanted me to move back to NY and live on a boat. I said waddya crazy. But we’re still friends 😀

  3. The media is focusing on the stolen passports in the missing plane and the fact that one of the guys with a stolen passport was an Iranian.

    What I don’t get is why blow up a plane over the South China Sea in the middle of the night, with no communique or manifesto as to why? It doesn’t make sense.

  4. Another avalanche! 😦

  5. msolomon2 says:

    Koch Brothers Takes $88 Million in Corporate Welfare
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/09/1283390/-Koch-Brothers-Takes-88-Million-in-Corporate-Welfare?detail=email
    will no one rid me of this priest (of mammon)!?

  6. Caller no. 8 says:

    Congresswoman Calls On Colleagues To Spend A Night In A Homeless Shelter

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/10/3383001/homeless-shelter-challenge/

  7. msolomon2 says:

    Conspiracy site Newsmax to launch news channel to compete with Fox News
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/06/1282685/-Conspiracy-site-Newsmax-to-launch-news-channel-to-compete-with-Fox-News?detail=email
    faux gonna get some competition in the batshit-crazy arena or reich-wing propaganda tv.

  8. nebdem says:

    Greetings!

    • thedood says:

      Hi Neb! At 100% yet?

    • thedood says:

      Your health that is!

      • nebdem says:

        🙂 I’m still kicking and swinging!

        • thedood says:

          There you go! Now if we could just get your internet connection there!

          • nebdem says:

            Right now it seems to be cooperating! (Bat’leth’s crossed)

            How are you doing today? How is Clancey? Having fun with the PS4?

            • thedood says:

              Getting ready to take Clancey on his after-supper walk! Hope to get on my bike tomorrow…temps should be good! The PS4 is awesome! But…most of the last games I played were on a PC…there’s a bit of a learning curve with the new controller. I die a lot. But it’s incredibly cool….the graphics are stellar!

              • nebdem says:

                The walk sounds fun! Is the weather decent today? It is really nice here right now, in the mid 60’s.

                I have read that the graphics on the PS4 blow the X-Box One out of the water. I would like to try it out someday, hopefully they make a Fallout 4 for the PS4! Those controllers are different it would take me awhile to get adjusted to them also.

                • thedood says:

                  Sunny and 60’s here as well..wanted to ride today but it just didn’t work out that way with my post-trip errands. The graphics really are impressive! I’ll be keeping my eye out for new games. I wanted to play Portal 2 but it won’t play on a PS4…the older games may be playable from a cloud server later this year from what i understand. The controller is definitely different from what I’m used to!

                • nebdem says:

                  Portal gave me motion sickness!

  9. thedood says:

    Clancey needs his walk…be back in a bit!

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