Eons ago, people believed that lighting was an expression of anger from the “gods”. As our knowledge of science progresses, we have attributed less and less of things to the work of “God”. What happens when we fully understand the workings of the universe, or universes? Surely, we cannot achieve such things as time travel or teleportation without somehow bumping into God.
People like Carl Sagan and Gene Roddenberry inspire us to look to the skies and figure it all out, to discover the how and why of the universe in all its glory. Read more
I was discussing science fiction programming with a friend the other day and our conversation drifted to science documentaries. We both remembered the classic series “Cosmos,” which was hosted by the great Carl Sagan.
The series ran in the early 1980s and covered a wide range of topics, from the origin of life to an analysis of our place in the universe. The concept of the cosmos is directly opposed to the concept of chaos, and this series made that clear, trying to make sense of the order of the universe.
Sagan’s series was one of the most popular series in the history of public television and won several awards. It has been seen by more than half a billion people around the world.
I think the series has become so successful because so many people are fascinated by our place in the universe. It is hard to fathom how we got here and how we function among a universe of stars and planets. Sagan sought to make these concepts digestible for the average person. Read more