Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

I found this series in Hulu's News and Information section under the Shows tab earlier this year. I just finished watching the last of the 13 episodes (approximately an hour each) that piece together a variety of information in a comprehensive fashion that is enjoyable, even if the info is not new to the viewer. The series aired in 1980 so the special effects are certainly not what we expect today and much has been answered or discovered in the almost 30 years since. That is in part what the series is about: human understanding and discovery of the cosmos through time.

There is so much more to this series than one might expect. Of course there is the aspect of space exploration, physics and chemistry but beyond that it recalls the history and people behind the discoveries and growing knowledge that over time has led to the 'matter of fact' understanding we have at present day. It's easy to see the difficulties societies go through in present day to reach conclusions or in the least be civil about their differences. Different ideas and what they mean are not always easy to accept and they never have been, ever. The series sheds some light on the hardships and rejections of those before us.

I liked that the series blurred the lines of 'Earth here - space there'. It's easy to think of the universe as being completely unrelated to our lives here on Earth. The same rules and laws apply to both with only differences in how it's put together. What humans learn about the Earth benefits our knowledge of the universe and vice versa. The universe represents to me a history of what has been and the endless possibility of what can be.

The series approaches the word cosmos as the Greeks used it. The cosmos is everything, working in harmony and order. Yes, the universe is chaotic (and can sometimes be unpredictable) but I believe that the chaos is really order we don't yet understand. Countless questions have been answered through the ages. What questions will be answered next?

If you would like to read more about this series by Dr. Carl Sagan and team, or watch an episode - here you go.

Links of Interest: Cosmos - Wikipedia / Cosmos - Hulu

Thanks for reading.

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