Skip to comments.Any other fans out there of "Fabric of the Cosmos?"
Posted on 01/07/2012 4:45:46 AM PST by PJ-Comix
Are there any other fans of FABRIC OF THE COSMOS out there? I found it to be perhaps the most fascinating science show ever produced. The information in the show is nothing less than stunning and definitely changed my view of the universe. Some of the information is so stunning that it is hard to comprehend. But guess what? Even physicists have a hard time getting their minds around it.
And an oatmeal cookie to the first person who can post who the major backer of this series is.
I saw one episode and thought it was well done.
I’m a big fan of “The Universe” on the history channel so this is probably right up my alley.
GUESS who the major underwriter of the series is?
Four full episodes, FYI;
The Universe: God and the Universe (44:15)
Religion has been offering explanations for the universe’s origins throughout history. Has science finally come closer to proving the existence of God or showing that divine intervention didn’t necessarily play a role?
Thanx for the link. I think I am going to watch the whole series over again later. Some of the stuff I probably need to watch several times in order to wrap my mind around it. Hard to absorb it all in the first viewing.
It turns out that the DUmmies might actually be right about Alternate Universes. I wonder in how many of the Alternate Universes that Al Gore became president?
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I haven’t seen Fabric of the Cosmos yet, but will now watch it because of your post. Thanks!
The idea of alternate universes isn’t new. There was talk in the scientific community back when I was a kid. I don’t put a whole lot of stock in “man’s” understanding when it gets into the theoretical.
You act as if both(faith and science) can not coexist. They must! It’s Ono when one side denigrates the other, that there is a problem. Science is supposed to provide the facts, the end user is the one responsible for the placement of those facts in the larger scheme of things.
The book of that title, by Brian Greene, is excellent.
David H. Koch!
An oatmeal cookie is on the way. BTW, I laughed when I saw who the major underwriter of the series was. According to the DUmmies, the most EVIL person in the Cosmos.
You act as if both(faith and science) can not coexist. They must! It’s Ono when one side denigrates the other, that there is a problem. Science is supposed to provide the facts, the end user is the one responsible for the placement of those facts in the larger scheme of being.
I think the main reason (and I might be wrong) for the theory on the alternate universes is that if the force of gravity was just a small fraction greater or less than what it is then the universe couldn’t exist. Therefore our alternate universe won the crapshoot of many universes. What is truly astounding is if we were the only universe and very conveniently had EXACTLY the correct gravitational force that ensures the existence of this universe.
String theory is an attempt to tie everything together.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
Thank you for the ping LVD :)
Never heard of it.. but will try to find the series torrent to download ;)
What if the Fabric of the Cosmos is Rayon?
I enjoyed the Fabric series as I have the other Brian Greene PBS offerings and his books. His mission is to popularize leading edge concepts of physics such as string theory and inflation cosmology and make the abstract mathematics understandable to the general population. He freely admits that much of this material is very speculative and remains to be verified by experimentation within the scientific community. For me it reveals the vast gap between ultimate truth and the realm of apparent truth that we experience as sentient beings. The whole history of cosmological physics has been about logically demonstrating that our human-centric perception of the universe is a simulation created by the neural processes of our conscious minds. Through the logical arguments of Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Bohr, Hawkings, Wittgen, and now Maldacena humans have gone from being the center of the universe surrounded by the crystalline spheres of the heavens to deterministic quantum algorithms churning away on the surface of some distant 3-brane and projected as a hologram into a 3-dimensional reality. The problem with all such explanations of ultimate truth is that they can only be truly known by a tiny priesthood of scientists that can actually do the math. The vast majority of humans have never actually determined for themselves that the Earth is a sphere or that it orbits the Sun or that the speed of light is the same for all observers in unaccelerated motion, they just believe these “facts” based on faith in others that have done the math. It is much more satisfying and reassuring from the standpoint of our human experience to believe in omnipotent anthropomorphic deities managing the vast cosmos for our ultimate benefit. In the end we can only ever experience apparent reality at our human scale so we should optimize that as much as possible to minimize suffering and not worry too much whether Anti-de Sidder Space/Conformal Field Theory is the real explanation of everything. If such theories prove to have predictive value and improve our species chances of survival in the future then they are worthwhile otherwise they are just mathematical dirt roads. For the limited PBS audience that is fascinated by the quest for ultimate truth they are certainly entertaining as well.
It could be polyaster....
It made my brain hurt, but I still liked it. Does the news coming out about that faster-than-light particle thingie rewrite the book, though?
I agree. Here’s a little quote from a review I did a few years ago of Ervin Laszlo’s book, Science and the Akashic Field:
I’m reminded of a great quote from Robert Jastrow’s “God and the Astronomers”:
“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries”.
Or, as Neem Karoli Baba said, “It is better to see God in everything than to try to figure it out”.
Here is link for watching episodes on computer.
¨In the beginning God....¨
Bump for bookmark
Am I the only one who is kinda sick of Brian Greene?
Isn’t Nova at least partially funded by the Koch brothers?
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