The Western Lines

September 11, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – Who Speaks for Earth?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the thirteenth and final episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: Who Speaks for Earth?

In this final instalment of Cosmos, Carl Sagan leaves us with a sobering message: Human Civilization has to make a choice between life and death.



Carl Sagan said it best with words that are poetic and powerful in their majesty:

“The civilization now in jeopardy is all humanity. As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and sky. In our tenure of this planet, we have accumulated dangerous, evolutionary baggage — propensities for aggression and ritual, submission to leaders, hostility to outsiders, all of which puts our survival in some doubt. We have also acquired compassion for others, love for our children, a desire to learn from history and experience, and a great, soaring passionate intelligence — the clear tools for our continued survival and prosperity.


Which aspects of our nature will prevail is uncertain, particularly when our visions and prospects are bound to one small part of the small planet earth. But, up and in the cosmos an inescapable perspective awaits. National boundaries are not evidenced when we view the earth from space. Fanatic ethnic or religious or national identifications are a little difficult to support when we see our planet as a fragile, blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars.”

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – Who Speaks for Earth?

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=4192793093886714469

September 6, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos- Encyclopedia Galactica


Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the twelfth episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: Encyclopedia Galactica.

Are there alien intelligences elsewhere in the Cosmos? How could we communicate with them? Are UFOs really extraterrestrial starships visiting our world? The answers to these questions take us to Egypt and an account of how Jean-François Champollion decoded the ancient hieroglyphics and to the largest radio telescope on Earth and to search for other civilizations in space.



With Dr. Sagan we investigate such questions as: “What is the life span of a technological civilization?” and “Will we one day hook up with a network of civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy and download the – Encyclopedia Galactica?

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos- Encyclopedia Galactica


http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=5037287808253154755

September 2, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – The Persistence of Memory

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Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the eleventh episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: The Persistence of Memory.

In this instalment of Cosmos, The Brain is the focus of today’s fascinating portion of our journey with Dr. Sagan as he examines another of the intelligent creatures with whom we share the planet Earth — Whales.


Then we wind through the maze of the human brain to witness the architecture of thought. We see how genes, brains and books store the information necessary for human survival.

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – The Persistence of Memory

http://www.youtube.com/p/3D81F81A8441794E?fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D22&hd=1

August 20, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – The Edge of Forever

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the tenth episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: The Edge of Forever.


In this instalment of Cosmos Dr. Sagan leads us on some awe inspiring journeys taking us to a time when galaxies were beginning to form, to India to explore the infinite cycles of Hindu cosmology, and then explains how humanity discovered its true place in the universe in the twentieth century with the discovery of other galaxies and the expanding universe and its possible origin in the big bang.

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – The Edge of Forever

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=8306551245821897518

August 17, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – The Lives of the Stars

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Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the ninth episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars.


Using computer animation and amazing astronomical art, Dr. Carl Sagan shows we following the amazing story of how stars are born, live and die. Then we follow the “life after death of a star” after its collapse to form either a neutron star or black hole.

We then journey into the far distant future to witness “the last perfect day on Earth,” five billion years hence, after which the sun will engulf our planet in the fires of its death throes.
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – The Lives of the Stars

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=402246698468988536

August 13, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – Travels in Space and Time

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the eighth episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: Travels in Space and Time.

In this instalment of Cosmos we follow Dr. Sagan on an odyssey through time and space and witness how star patterns change over millions of years followed by a journey to the planets of other stars, and a look at the possibility of time travel.


This takes us to Italy, where a young Albert Einstein first wondered what it would be like to ride on a beam of light.

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – Travels in Space and Time

http://www.youtube.com/p/4AF8DD4A771DC347?hl=en_GB&fs=1

August 5, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – The Backbone of Night

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Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the seventh episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: The Backbone of Night.

In this instalment of Cosmos we follow Dr. Carl Sagan on a voyage through time and space and trace the story of ancestor’s attempts to make sense of the night sky.


The stars were thought to be campfires in the heavens, and the great expanse of stars known as the Milky Way was the “backbone of the night.” Dr. Sagan goes back to his childhood elementary school where the question “What are stars?” is the subject of discussion.

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – The Backbone of Night

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=4704681445702433281

August 1, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos Travellers Tales

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the sixth episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: Travellers Tales.


In this instalment of Cosmos we follow Dr. Sagan on a voyage through time and space and experience vicariously the trill and exhilaration of seventeenth century Dutch explorers who ventured in sailing ships halfway around our planet in their quest for wealth and knowledge and obtain an insiders view of the excitement at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) during Voyager’s encounter with Jupiter and the first glimpse of two of its moons Europa and Io.

The newly acquired treasures of our present golden age of exploration are the focus of this episode.

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – Travellers Tales

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-6578356810349873905

July 29, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos Blues for a Red Planet

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the fifth episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: Blues for a Red Planet.

Is there life on Mars? Dr. Sagan takes viewers on a tour of the red planet first through the eyes of science fiction authors, and then through the unblinking eyes of two Viking spacecrafts that sent thousands of pictures of the stunning Martian landscape back to Earth in 1976. Though based on older Mars missions, Sagan’s analysis still holds true.


This episode of Cosmos also follows the career of a young boy, Robert Hutchings Goddard, who was inspired by H. G. Wells’ “The Way of the Worlds”, to one day blaze a trail to the red planet.

Carl Sagan devoted an entire chapter regarding Goddard entitled “Via Cherry Tree, to Mars” in Broca’s Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science published in 1979.

Carl Sagan’s COSMOS – Blues for a Red Planet

http://www.youtube.com/p/261E17F38A12C7E6?fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D22&hd=1

July 25, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – "Heaven and Hell"

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the fourth episode of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series Cosmos: “Heaven and Hell”. In fact, of all the thirteen episodes this has to rank as one of my most favourite . It was from this episode that I first learned about the eyewitness account of a lunar impact seen by Canterbury monks on June 18, 1178 which some researchers believe resulted in the formation of crater Giordano Bruno. This event was recorded in the chronicle of Gervase. Another topic covered in this episode was the Tunguska explosion of June 30, 1908. Some researches such as Bill Napier and Victor Clube have linked these two events together as being a by-product of the Beta Taurid meteor shower; both events coincided with a peak in that shower.

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos – “Heaven and Hell”


http://www.youtube.com/p/BDA8451E8A8F1467

Siberian Apocalypse

Some researchers have linked the Beta Taurid meteor shower to the collapse of late Bronze Age civilizations and some feel that lurking in its wake are more potential disasters to come. Imagine a Tunguska sized fireball exploding over New York City. The video segment below outlines just such a scenario very vividly.

http://www.rodostube.gr/player/embed_player.swf

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