Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu uh, User

Speciality Forums >> Science! Astronomy & Space Exploration, and Others

Pages: 1 | 2 | (show all)
DrBoring
member
*****

Reged: 04/04/13

Loc: Western Ohio
Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu
      #5794180 - 04/12/13 10:59 AM

I just wanted to let everyone know that you can watch the entire Cosmos series from 1980, for free, on hulu. Here is a direct link: http://www.hulu.com/#!cosmos

I really love this series. A few things that I think are exceptionally cool: you see Dr. Sagan discuss Voyager in 1980, then insert an interview from 1990 -- and he is talking about the present time of Voyager exiting our solar system! Super cool!

Also, I love the stories where the early astronomers did a lot with equipment that would be surpassed by the current gear an amature astronomer has available.

Enjoy!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
StarWars
Mr. Postmaster Man
*****

Reged: 11/26/03

Loc: At the Gym >Spudtastic<
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: DrBoring]
      #5798726 - 04/14/13 04:14 PM



I like the music from Vangelis....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos:_A_Personal_Voyage


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
deSitter
Still in Old School


Reged: 12/09/04

Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: StarWars]
      #5799564 - 04/14/13 10:22 PM

A pitiful caricature of science. Many factual errors, particularly about relativity. The moonings of a self-styled priest in his own made-up church. For the real deal, go to YouTube and look up the 13-part "Ascent of Man". The long and miserable decline into today's Alice in Thunderland world of pseudo-science began with Sagan and his mysticism.

-drl


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
herrointment
Post Laureate
*****

Reged: 03/12/11

Loc: North of Hwy. 64
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: deSitter]
      #5803296 - 04/16/13 06:15 PM

That's one strong opinion. Have fun with it.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Jason H.
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 11/23/07

Loc: Central Florida
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: deSitter]
      #5806342 - 04/18/13 09:55 AM

Quote:

A pitiful caricature of science. Many factual errors, particularly about relativity. The moonings of a self-styled priest in his own made-up church. For the real deal, go to YouTube and look up the 13-part "Ascent of Man". The long and miserable decline into today's Alice in Thunderland world of pseudo-science began with Sagan and his mysticism.
-drl




If you are serious, perhaps you should try posting your specific "mysticism" criticisms here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos:_A_Personal_Voyage

or here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan

to see if they survive scrutiny.

Jason H.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
deSitter
Still in Old School


Reged: 12/09/04

Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5806553 - 04/18/13 12:38 PM

I was there in real time, saw it happen. Knew what was coming. Thankfully it seems to be ending.

"Billions and billions", errors, triumphalism, the cult of the scientist, it all began in the 70s and Sagan was one of the main culprits. What is "Contact" but a form of cosmic mysticism, a replacement religion for the ones he couldn't abide? Of course it's not possible to really understand the depth to which science sank without knowing the details of what it was like before. There's a direct line from Sagan, who I will admit was at least reasonable, to Kaku, a full-fledged loon. The cults of Hawking, Witten, etc. would be unthinkable without the original Sagan cult.

All one need do is to read the sane and correct arguments of Disney and Cooperstock, understand that these extremely important ideas are routinely ignored, see how limited budgets are wasted on dark matter and various cosmological stupidities, and you will see that science suffered a grievous blow in the last 40 years.

-drl


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
ChipAtNight
super member


Reged: 01/09/08

Loc: N.C. (Love the Blue Ridge)
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: deSitter]
      #5806844 - 04/18/13 02:39 PM

Sorry to disagree and Im sure you will flame me for that. But Mr. Sagan sure provided me and many others insight into a world we knew little about and lite a flame that is still burning bright for many.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
rockethead26
Post Laureate
*****

Reged: 10/21/09

Loc: Arizona, USA
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: ChipAtNight]
      #5807064 - 04/18/13 04:40 PM

Quote:

Sorry to disagree and Im sure you will flame me for that. But Mr. Sagan sure provided me and many others insight into a world we knew little about and lite a flame that is still burning bright for many.




Exactly!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
buddyjesus
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 07/07/10

Loc: Davison, Michigan
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5807177 - 04/18/13 05:24 PM

I wouldn't consider contact a scientific statement at all. It is called fiction for a reason.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
dickbill
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 09/30/08

Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5807288 - 04/18/13 06:04 PM

I didn't like much Carl Sagan either but i enjoyed the movie 'Contact'. Many ideas were brilliant in this movie.

By some coincidence, i watched my first episode of Dr Kaku, who depicted a near future of high tech nanotechnologies at the service of a highly educated population, the same day i had a very difficult day in a high school, where i was substituting Maths. Many students requested calculators for the most basic operation, including one who couldn't compute 2X3, yes two times three. As i didn't believe the student, i thought she was making fun of me and i kind of became angry a bit. Unfortunatly she was very serious and i gave up after that, distributing the calculators to everybody.
Of course that was an extreme case and most high school students can compute 2X3 without an 'electronic aide' but it made me think. What kind of world was Kaku talking about? a superelite of super whealthy than can go into space in private rocket ships while the unducated mass watches from the couch potatoe ? what was the real state of the scientific and technical skills in America ?
Is NASA a sort of show up for an elite of scientist hiding a less brilliant reality and promotes a false sense of technological superiority?
Sure, the US is still very advanced in technology but the gap between the skilled and the non-skilled has widened, in my opinion.
In a previous thread i argued that one reason for the success of Apollo, was the fact that being technologicaly skilled was main stream culturaly in America. The case of my father in law added to that. He came from a stock of german immigrants where using tools and basic level of engeenering for the youngs were part of the family tradition. That perhaps translated into an equivalent level of a bachelor in mechanic, electricity or other engeenering skills, by age 15. You could not have had Apollo without that massive main stream support.

Every time i say that i get the flak and people get angry. 'It's non-sense and unpatriotic' to say that, basicaly. But i've seem charts that indeed suggest that the general level in math skills has strongly decreased in the US. Obviously, at my level i can not have a global picture, but we can still ask questions, right, or is it really unpatriotic?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
buddyjesus
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 07/07/10

Loc: Davison, Michigan
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: dickbill]
      #5807406 - 04/18/13 06:35 PM

can't blame scientists for what non-scientists think as non-scientists will believe whatever they want and use the jargon to substantiate thier pseudoscience. check out this short vid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoUHDhPJdEs&list=PL3B2AFD3EED841947

I think your confusing flowery or poetic language for some sort of religion when he expresses his wonder for the universe. Just baseless if that is the case.

I watched The Ascent of Man and was taken back by the use of darwinism to support his racist beliefs against native people. Pseudoscience has been around long before Sagan, and yet I have not seen you substantiate your views. Could you expound?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
dickbill
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 09/30/08

Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5807523 - 04/18/13 07:12 PM

Quote:

...I watched The Ascent of Man and was taken back by the use of darwinism to support his racist beliefs against native people...




That was in the other thread, but i watched it too. Specifically episode 9-13, ' The ascent of man'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOtQFRv_si4

I didn't hear anything derogatory against natives. Can you point the exact time in the video?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
buddyjesus
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 07/07/10

Loc: Davison, Michigan
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: dickbill]
      #5807775 - 04/18/13 09:40 PM

39:30 is where he starts his racist rant calling native children bush babies, lower primates, inferior due to having a different hemoglobin gene. Actually using his logic he considered chimps closer to being human than the "bush babies" as their hemaglobin was more closely related. He did so directly after discussing natives.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOtQFRv_si4

Edited by buddyjesus (04/18/13 09:42 PM)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
llanitedave
Humble Megalomaniac
*****

Reged: 09/26/05

Loc: Amargosa Valley, NV, USA
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5807882 - 04/18/13 10:54 PM

You can't be serious.

Do you know how to use Google? You really should do that before you start rants of your own.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galago

Quote:


Galagos /&#609;&#601;&#712;le&#618;&#609;o&#650;z/, also known as bushbabies, bush babies or nagapies (meaning "little night monkeys" in Afrikaans), are small, nocturnal[2] primates native to continental Africa, and make up the family Galagidae (also sometimes called Galagonidae). They are sometimes included as a subfamily within the Lorisidae or Loridae.

According to some accounts, the name "bush baby" comes from either the animal's cries or appearance. The South African name nagapie comes from the fact they are almost exclusively seen at night.

Galagos are said to have evolved 4050 million years ago from slow-moving prosimians that could not compete with larger, faster primates in Africa. The competition was much less at night, so they evolved into the bush babies they are today.[3]

In both variety and abundance, the bush babies are the one most successful primitive primates in Africa, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.[





Please, please think -- and study -- before you jump to hostile conclusions.

And no, he did not do so "directly after discussing natives". The clip preceding he was discussing stereochemistry and the concept of isomers.

Edited by llanitedave (04/18/13 10:57 PM)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
buddyjesus
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 07/07/10

Loc: Davison, Michigan
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: llanitedave]
      #5808055 - 04/19/13 01:35 AM

haha. sorry for all the fuss! I just took it for the context that it is a known racist slur. He could have used a more clear example, but I do take blame.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
buddyjesus
Carpal Tunnel
*****

Reged: 07/07/10

Loc: Davison, Michigan
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5808057 - 04/19/13 01:40 AM

maybe he should have called them by their real name Galagos and there wouldn't have been a mix up. Would have been much more clear. I knew what they were, but not by their nickname. I was also not the only one on youtube to have taken it the way I did(I am not in a bubble here.)

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
dickbill
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 09/30/08

Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5808364 - 04/19/13 09:34 AM

Are you sure it wasn't an attack against George W Bush?
who was depicted so many times as a, ahem, 'lower primate' ?


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Jarad
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 04/28/03

Loc: Atlanta, GA
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: dickbill]
      #5808472 - 04/19/13 10:59 AM

Let's leave this as an honest mistake and not move into politics, too.



Jarad


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Jason H.
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 11/23/07

Loc: Central Florida
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: deSitter]
      #5812033 - 04/20/13 11:02 PM

Quote:

I was there in real time, saw it happen. Knew what was coming.




It seems from what you said that you prophesied and then fulfilled it.

I was there too! Carl even got my mother (the ultimate non-scientist) into the subject. So much so even that she came with me to watch Carl Sagan do a talk with Isaac Asimov at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Should one accuse Isaac Asimov of the same cult building damage for his speculations in the book Extraterrestrial Civilizations, filled with hypotheses and speculations that would now be considered inaccurate (but the guy was the most prolific science-writing popularizer on Earth, and wrote some good science fiction too!)

Carl was a popularizer, plain and simple. Of course there were inaccuracies IN THE '70's!!! Please, some people even believed in Velikovsky's World's in Collision back then! (and please note Carl's countering that as a planetary scientist in the wikipedia article!) And he was countering mysticism and astrology and other belief systems of the time. The things people believed just after the hippie age were necessarily counteracted with stylized popularization, the audience was child-like. And nobody even knew for sure if exoplanets existed yet, and it was even still possible (to a few) that a Steady-State universe existed (back then.) Give the guy a break, he's dead, from another era, would one bash Copernicus for not knowing about the Oort cloud? Besides, if you read the link I provided, you'll see that numerous updates have been made to the series to reflect changes in knowledge, and one series version was significantly edited down to allow for commercials (My mother and I watched the un-cut original series on PBS, and it's what got me even more interested in the subject, and look at what happened to me the staunchest advocate of the scientific method); maybe you were looking at the original series only (with outdated material), or the commercial cut ones? That would really skew ones viewpoint.

Jason H.

Edited by Jason H. (04/20/13 11:35 PM)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
llanitedave
Humble Megalomaniac
*****

Reged: 09/26/05

Loc: Amargosa Valley, NV, USA
Re: Carl Sagan's Cosmos Free on Hulu new [Re: Jason H.]
      #5812063 - 04/20/13 11:23 PM

That's a very good point. I don't know how much control Sagan had over the editing and final presentation of the episodes, but it's almost certain they did not air as they were originally conceived and written.

I've been on both sides of that equation. I was once a cub newspaper reporter, and I would often see the stories that I submitted hacked and slashed by the editor so that by the time they were published I sometimes wasn't sure that they were even about the same topic! I've also been interviewed and quoted in a couple of magazines. I should say, "misquoted". Drastically so. Should I blame the original reporters who spoke to me, or their editors? I'll never know, there are so many layers of chaos in that type of production.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1 | 2 | (show all)


Extra information
1 registered and 2 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  LivingNDixie, FirstSight, JayinUT 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 1785

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics