Like Cosmos, I feel I’ve been away too long… Let’s try to stick around a bit more.
I just watched the first episode of Cosmos. I’m going to try to give my thoughts on this series each week.
In today’s climate where religion is feeling the heat from Science more than ever as the Internet educates more people each day. It was hard to look at today’s show as anything but a slap at religion and the anti-science crowd.
At the start, I found the beginning of the show too quick. The show really assumes that we know about the first show from many years ago. That we know about this spaceship that Neil zips around in. The details of what the show was are touched but ever so briefly. Maybe I give the age of the Internet too little credit, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more.
However, once you dive in and get used to the water, Cosmos takes off.
Neil (our host), gives you the cosmic perspective, as he likes to do, and shows our place in the universe and beyond. Once we get there, he hits religion in the face with the story of Giordano Bruno. Bruno was a monk who was burnt at the stake for a number of religious reason which partly included some ideas the universe and our part in it that happened to be true. Cosmos falls here a bit, because it focuses on Bruno being killed for Science and that was only part of the equation.
However, I think in this day and age the point is a fair one. We live in an age where Science and new ideas are openly challenged by religion. The debate with Bill Nye and Ken Ham shows that:
We know the stories of the Bible can not be taken at face value and yet religion can not change. It dare not or the house of cards will fall. People like Ken Ham are the thought police.
Cosmos then turns around and looks at our place again in cosmic time. The effects are great and again makes you understand how small you are.
Overall I liked the first show even with the few stumbles. I would liked to have seen more details about the science, but I’m sure that is saved for other shows. It’s a solid start.
I haven’t tossed up a good Thunderf00t vid in awhile:
I have to admit I don’t get it either. I guess my brain is not wired that way. The good news is that the number of people with no religion is on the rise.
I really don’t care if you think you are an Atheist, Agnostic or a ‘None’. If you are not giving money to any religion, you are reducing their power.
So the Golden Crocoduck is out again along with some happy and sad news…
So Potholer54 career is heating up and he will be taking a break from videos (follow the link to see his videos). This is both happy and sad news. Happy because this man has too much talent to be sitting around making these videos and sad because he will be making less videos.
Good luck Peter Hadfield!
A bit of old news but Blue Ridge Christian Academy is closing.
These are the folks that gave us this test:
God didn’t provide this time as the school closed due to financial trouble.
Look, it’s fine if you want to believe in God, Santa Clause, Unicorns, etc. I might weigh these equally, but that doesn’t mean you have to. The issue is when this believe gets in the way of, in this case, your child’s education. It’s the classic case of what happens when faith clashes against our observations.
Oops, never mind. False Positive…
Yea, because when a storm kills people and kids and destroys homes, that’s when you need to thank the Lord.
I’d rather have the Lord say ‘hocus pocus’ and make the storm go ‘poof’.
Sorry, the stupidity of the some folks just gets to me.