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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Old 03-17-2014, 09:19 AM
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Genre: Science Documentary
Created By: Ann Druyan & Steven Soter
Presented By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Running Time: 60 minutes


Shows at 9/8c on Fox
Official Website: http://www.cosmosontv.com/

About the Show

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a follow-up to Carl Sagan's 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Much like its predecessor, Cosmos is a thirteen-part series which will cover a wide range of scientific subjects including the origin of life and the species of the planet, as well as our role in the cosmos. This program is intended to appeal to as large an audience as possible, so that even those with little understanding of important scientific concepts may be able to follow the program.

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Rather than place this within the Science Consensus thread, I thought it more appropriate to keep this separate. Since the creation of this thread, two episodes will have already aired, which leaves eleven more to wait and watch out for. I am hoping that members of the forum who watch the program can discuss what they like about each episode, but also be able to discuss the subject matter presented in each episode.
Old 03-17-2014, 09:18 PM
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Heck yeah.

The second episode was on my favorite subject, evolution, and it was fantastic.

More people need to watch this.

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Old 03-18-2014, 02:52 AM
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The first episode was lacking a bit, especially with the cartoon segment. However I enjoyed the second episode a lot more. Did they ever mention what the other cataclysms were besides the Great Dying (Permian-Triassic Extinction event)?

I do wish there would be more scientific explanations involved, but then I realized they probably don't have the time to focus on every little tidbit and that we have the power of the Internet if we want to learn more.

Looking forward to the next 11 episodes.
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Did they ever mention what the other cataclysms were besides the Great Dying (Permian-Triassic Extinction event)?
There are five major mass extinction events:
  1. Cretaceous
  2. Triassic
  3. Permian
  4. Devonian
  5. Ordovician
The Permian extinction and the Cretaceous extinction receive the most attention. This may be due to the fact that both possess the highest extinction rates; the Cretaceous extinction mostly known for the elimination of the dinosaurs.

The whole purpose of the Halls of Extinction was to illustrate that despite the great power of evolution in shaping the organisms of the Earth, that a huge number of organisms were unable to continue living by a number of reasons.

The episode also hinted towards a sixth mass extinction event that was left unnamed. deGrasse stated that we'd reach that hall another time, but you can probably guess that sixth extinction event may occur during our generation.

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I do wish there would be more scientific explanations involved, but then I realized they probably don't have the time to focus on every little tidbit and that we have the power of the Internet if we want to learn more.
I think the whole point of the series is to simply introduce these concepts, and ultimately stimulate interest in these concepts. Like Kinvara posted, this episode focused on the history of Earth and evolution's role in building it.

I'm personally curious to see if people understand evolution through this episode alone.
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The first episode was lacking a bit, especially with the cartoon segment. However I enjoyed the second episode a lot more. Did they ever mention what the other cataclysms were besides the Great Dying (Permian-Triassic Extinction event)?

I do wish there would be more scientific explanations involved, but then I realized they probably don't have the time to focus on every little tidbit and that we have the power of the Internet if we want to learn more.

Looking forward to the next 11 episodes.
I'd say if Cosmos has gotten you interested in researching deeper then it has succeeded in its mission.

Cosmos is all about appreciating the wonders of reality and the mysteries we have yet to solve.
Old 03-23-2014, 11:07 PM
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Tonight's episode is supposed to feature the work and efforts of important individuals in their founding of the scientific theory in order to better understand our surroundings.

To help stimulate some sort of discussion, I'd like to ask what your favorite discoveries are and who your favorite scientific contributors are.
Old 03-24-2014, 01:30 AM
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Tonight's episode is supposed to feature the work and efforts of important individuals in their founding of the scientific theory in order to better understand our surroundings.

To help stimulate some sort of discussion, I'd like to ask what your favorite discoveries are and who your favorite scientific contributors are.
Favorite Discovery is probably evolution and natural selection.

But as far as scientists go I like Nicola Tesla and Rosalind Franklin.
Old 03-24-2014, 02:09 AM
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Mendeleev and his periodic table. He basically predicted the existence of eight elements years before they were actually discovered.
Old 03-31-2014, 08:33 PM
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Anime Isaac Newton is best.
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The passion and insanity of his eyes while he was burning the portrait...
I imagine if Newton had discovered a way to use gravity to it's full potential, he would have used it to crush Liebniz into tiny pieces.

Syfy, get to work on this movie.
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the greatest part of intelligent design is that you can make up **** as you go along. how can anyone not like that idea?
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It's a satirical website, fyi
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sooo...no ken ham?
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sooo...no ken ham?
no ham.

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Old 04-13-2014, 01:24 PM
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"Hiding in the Light" was a pretty great episode. I liked the historical segments and it explained astronomical spectroscopy in an easy to understand way.
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I actually didn't know about the color spectrum being used to identify what elements are in a distant object. It really blew my mind.
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I must say...This is far more interesting than my science class.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:25 AM
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I'm behind on the episodes. Was he discussing periodic motion?
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I'm behind on the episodes. Was he discussing periodic motion?
Yep.

That episode was about physics on the microscopic and atomic scale.
Old 05-01-2014, 04:27 AM
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"The Clean Room" was a pretty fantastic episode.

Clair Patterson is an unsung hero. We owe our health and our lives to him.

Women up all up in "Sisters of the Sun".
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Am I the only person still watching this?

The explosion in The Electric Boy legit scared me. holy crap
Old 05-18-2014, 12:52 AM
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I haven't seen the most recent episode sadly, but I didn't like how they reused a lot of the footage in previous episodes in the Lost Worlds episode towards the end. Made it seem like they ran out of ideas for that week.
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I haven't seen the most recent episode sadly, but I didn't like how they reused a lot of the footage in previous episodes in the Lost Worlds episode towards the end. Made it seem like they ran out of ideas for that week.
That's a shame because "The Immortals" gave me chills. It was pretty cool.
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The animation was really well done this time around too.
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:51 AM
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I've been watching this.

Sooo Good so far. Kind of makes me happy I'm going into Astronomy/Science, since this is basically a crash course in why the two are awesome.
Old 06-09-2014, 12:52 AM
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The finale is tonight! Get hype!

I already pre-ordered the DVD/Blu-ray set.
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not sure if it's worth re-watching. Is there a special edition of the BD box?
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not sure if it's worth re-watching. Is there a special edition of the BD box?
Not technically but once I get the Blu-ray set, I'll review it.

There's some extra content on there that I'd like to see.
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I heard that fx showed the "normal version" and the reruns on another channel was the longer ones with extra scenes or so. well, I might get the BD box for the heck of it...even knowing I probably never watch it again XD
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The finale was so beautiful
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The finale was so beautiful
It was...

I got to watch it on blu-ray.

In other news, the show's 1-star amazon reviews contain a bunch of climate change deniers and other wackos.
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Last one I saw was with the Pleiades and how the Sun is going to evolve.
No wait, it was the climate change one.
Screw the people who don't believe in climate change. They've been fooled by the rich people whose money relies on the things that cause climate change.
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Last one I saw was with the Pleiades and how the Sun is going to evolve.
No wait, it was the climate change one.
Screw the people who don't believe in climate change. They've been fooled by the rich people whose money relies on the things that cause climate change.
Seriously.

It's so annoying people keep denying climate change. It certainly doesn't help when Fox "News" spreads misinformation as well.

A move towards renewable energy sources would help us all in the long run but ignorant people who care only about short-term gains are holding us back. It's very discouraging.
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