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Caleb Kraft
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Re: COSMOS: The Next Generation
Caleb Kraft   3/10/2014 11:08:49 AM
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I haven't seen it yet. I'm eagerly anticipating the opportunity!

BrainiacVI
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COSMOS: The Next Generation
BrainiacVI   3/10/2014 11:07:02 AM
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Well, I'm happy to say it wasn't too shabby. The pace wasn't bad at all. Looking forward to seeing the rest.

I was glad to see they tackled religion head on. It seems we're in one of those "science is just another belief system and religion is equally valid" phases in our culture. Maybe this will enlighten a few impressionable minds.

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Re: COSMOS vs CONNECTIONS
AZskibum   3/6/2014 5:33:11 PM
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I much preferred Sagan's books to his TV show, but I will give the new Cosmos a try -- and will hope it doesn't have a catch phrase like "billions and billions." :)

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Re: COSMOS vs CONNECTIONS
Max The Magnificent   3/6/2014 12:05:34 PM
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@BrainiacVI: If you haven't read his adventure walking the AppalachianTrail, you will enjoy it.

I think I've read just about all of his stuff -- I love the "Letters from a Small Island" about his time in England, and his "Sunburned Country" about his visits to Australia. Also his "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" and his othe rbooks about returning to America.

Also, have you read his "Shakespeare – The World as Stage"? If not, check out my review.

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Re: COSMOS vs CONNECTIONS
BrainiacVI   3/6/2014 11:55:40 AM
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I haven't read "A Brief History of Nearly Everything" yet, I've glanced at it in the book stores, but it has been on my list.

His "A Walk in the Woods" was hysterical. If you haven't read his adventure walking the AppalachianTrail, you will enjoy it.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: COSMOS vs CONNECTIONS
Max The Magnificent   3/6/2014 11:34:17 AM
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@BrainiacV1: I loved the example he gave of a student saying how dumb people were to believe the sun circled the Earth and the teacher countered with...

Have you read Bill Bryson's "A Brief History of Nearly Everything"? H ediscussed all sorts of thing slike this, such as how the ancients kept on re-evaluating the age of the Earth as they discovered news information -- it's one of my all-time favorite books.

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Caleb Kraft   3/6/2014 11:31:32 AM
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Yeah, I love sagan, but he's kind of like a creepy willy wonka of science in that show!

Caleb Kraft
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Re: COSMOS vs CONNECTIONS
Caleb Kraft   3/6/2014 11:30:37 AM
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I loved the original. You've got to admit that it is a bit dated for a 10 year old though!

maclag
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maclag   3/6/2014 2:46:22 AM
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Option3: Evil Plan

Part1: Purposely get the show's name wrong. It's not "Cosmos presented by Neil de Grasse Tyson", it's "well, can't remember, Tyson vs the Universe or something like that?" and let them (mis-)guess it has something to do with Mike Tyson destroying something/someone in a blood bath.

Part2: Once in front of the TV, miss the generic and put them directly in front of the show. "Oh crap! We couldn't hear the introduction. I don't know when we'll get to see the interesting part. Let's just wait for it to come!". Now your kids are paying attention.

Part3: "What? Mike Tyson? No idea. Maybe next week?"

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Re: COSMOS vs CONNECTIONS
BrainiacVI   3/5/2014 9:14:57 PM
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I have Connections 1,2, and 3. I felt he slowed down in the later series (I called it "the Sagan Effect"), possibly feeling he had gone too fast in the earlier series.

I thought his "The Day the Universe Changed" series was excellent as well. Connections dealt with the non-linear development of inventions, TDtUC dealt with our perception of the universe, like the change from Earth centric to heliocentric for the planets. I loved the example he gave of a student saying how dumb people were to believe the sun circled the Earth and the teacher countered with "Imagine what it would have looked like if it had been that way." The point being it would have looked exactly the same. So how we came to sort out reality was important.

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