2014: A Spacetime Odyssey

I have a new show for you to watch. The new show for you to watch is called Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by America’s second favorite scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson (falling just short of America’s beloved Bill Nye for the top spot,) and has some big names behind it like Seth MacFarlane and Anna Duryan, who was behind the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, the show on which this new one is based upon.

Cool picture, I know. But in all seriousness, I watched this show for the first time last night, and its still pretty early, only two episodes have aired, and it is some amazing and thought provoking stuff. Admittedly, very few of the questions asked are answered, but to twist the words of Tyson during last nights broadcast, there is hope that one of the viewers will be able to solve just some of the mysteries of the cosmos. As part of last night’s airing, the progression of evolution was shown, and how humans have taken in some part of this, with the example being the domestication of dogs. It goes much deeper than that though, and it shows the genetic level of our existence and how we are all built by an instruction manual called DNA and how every evolutionary progression happens by a mere twist of fate and accident of DNA transcoding. The moon of Saturn known as Titan was also explored. This moon has an atmosphere, it rains dense gases that flows into rivers and streams, gases we use for natural resources, and it’s mountains are nothing more than frozen ice hills. Our definition of life does not have to be set in the standard definitions of life, where other life forms may take in other elements instead of oxygen and expel something other than CO2.

As students in a creative writing class I think it is important to constantly tune into thought provoking media, whether it be online, text, or just sharing ideas with others. The more we challenge our conventional thought, the more we can progress and develop as people.


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