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“Cosmos: Possible Worlds”, 10-13: Goodbye to a Losing Season — 2 Comments

  1. It is a shame that the producers of the show are not amazed by the real world and need to enhance reality with special effects. I feel you are discussing a topic that is coming up quite often about our culture: the lack of astonishment. I recently had taken a seminar on “Healing the Imagination: A Reading Course on Tolkien” We discussed the Lord of the Rings but in a context of how the person imagines and understands their world. The premise is that the majority of our civilization has lost the ability to imagine or be amazed at our world and thinking. I see your post about the over and above special effects in Cosmos as demonstrating that people need over the top to be amazed. They have lost something in their thinking and maybe its due to the 140 character limit of Twitter or Facebook videos that nothing is thought about more than 30 seconds. As you state “The real is not good enough for it. The real universe is not good enough. Real science is not good enough. Real history is not good enough.” The real is amazing but you might need to ponder or do some study to begin that ‘wow’ understanding. But as it takes time, imagination, perseverance, and I willingness to say I’m here to learn our society can’t be amazed with the truth. Do we see university students ponder anymore their existence or why we are here? Or take a look at the night sky and be in awe?

  2. My experience with students and the general public is that a reasonable number of people will be amazed by the real universe. For example, people who saw the conjunction on the 21st were generally amazed. But certainly Cosmos seems to think that stuff has to be over the top.

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