A little movie-poster-esque creation of mine combining a tribute to the original Sagan series with some verbal yin and yang.
cos·mos (n.) The universe seen as a well-ordered whole.
cha·os (n.) Complete disorder or confusion.
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This is what almost four billion years of human evolution looks like when it’s condensed down to ten seconds, thanks to the fine folks behind the original Cosmos.
From self-replicating bags of chemistry to billions of bacteria to crude multicellular blobs to tiny swimming monsters to clumsily creeping fish to fuzzy proto-mammals to weird, naked, two-legged apes … every cosmic blink holds a beautiful story.
If you’d like to retrace your steps along the path of time that ends with you, I recommend this awesome Wikipedia page.
Some claim that Evolution is just a theory, as if it were merely an opinion.
I have discovered further supporting evidence for my Tyson Theories of General and Special Relative Awesomeness, they are basically fact at this point.
Celebrate Cosmos returning to TV by looking back at this lost episode of Carl Sagan’s original.
This pork volcano … tell me more. We are all made of star stuff, and bacon.
Carl Sagan guided the maiden voyage of Cosmos a generation ago. He was the most successful science communicator of the 20th century, but he was first and foremost a scientist. Carl contributed enormously to our knowledge of the planets. He correctly predicted the existence of methane lakes on Saturn’s giant moon Titan. He showed that the atmosphere of the early Earth must have contained powerful greenhouse gasses. He was the first to understand that seasonal changes on Mars were due to wind-blown dust. Carl was a pioneer in the search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence. He played a leading role in every major spacecraft mission to explore the solar system during the first 40 years of the space age.
Raise your hand if you think the best part of the new Cosmos were the amazing shots of Carl Sagan’s life and work.
I love you Neil, but so many Carl feels.
This adventure is made possible by generations of searchers strictly adhering to a simple set of rules; test ideas by experiment and observation, build on those ideas that past the test, reject the ones that fail. Follow the evidence wherever it leads, and question.. everything. Accept these terms, and the cosmos is yours..
I'm Joe Hanson, Ph.D. biologist and host/writer of PBS Digital Studios' It's Okay To Be Smart.
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