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YouTube Science or Why We Don't Need a New Cosmos

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In the discussions here and on the wider web about the new version of Cosmos, many people recall fondly how the original Cosmos ("TOC" as Kevin Long is calling it) instilled in them a feeling of wonder, the "wow" of science, and got them to realize that we are part of the universe and the universe is part of us. Thumbs up for all of that. The Carl Sagan Cosmos was just in the right time and place. There were essentially only 3 1/2 networks and TOC was on the 1/2 network that had a few shows a year that impacted people across America.

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REALSPACE: Don't let the SLS fool you, the Luddites are still winning their war to kill the space program.

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I once, quite inadvertently, got a reader removed from use at my child’s school. It seemed to have been written by the same “lunched out” hippies that in the nineteen-seventies, who decided that because they were against the Vietnam War, and it’s killing on an industrial scale, they were against any other form of technology backed by the government, including space exploration.

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ASK KRISTINE N. ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING!

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My own beliefs on Global Warming are kind of heterodox: I *do* believe it happens, but I *don't* believe humans are causing it. I think it's a natural phenomenon that is part of the wax and wane of the natural world for the last three million years, and I *don't* really think it's happening now.

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SCIENCE FRAUD: Primate Morality as Reported by a Dishonest Primate

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Dr. Marc Hauser is the guy who postulated that our sense of morality might be hardwired into us as a survival instinct and/or a vestige of evolution, rather than free choice on our part. It's a popular theory he's developed, influential and perhaps kind of lucrative as well.

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“The Battle For Science Fiction’s Soul.”

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Nick Payne is a Christian Blogger who’s had his “Sanctuary” site up and running for at least three years, and he posts occasionally under the name “Galahad” over on B5.com. I bumped into him over there in a conversation about religion, where he instantly impressed me with his thinking. He linked me to one or two articles on his site, and the one below tends to reflect an ongoing concern that we have here on the site, so I figured I’d give it a shoutout and link to it.

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Americans Opinions on Science, and Science's opinion of itself.

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The Pew Research Center (Which despite its name is not at all religious - it was named after a "Mister Pew"), has isued an interesting survey report on scientists, politics, and religion that shows some interesting details on how people's perspectives of others differ from their perspectives of themselves. Specifically, this time out they take to task various notions about the scientific community and its view of itself and the previous political administration.

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WEBSITES WE LIKE: "Atomic Rockets"

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If you're an untalented hack writer like me, or if you *want* to be an untalented hack writer like me, then I can not stress the importance and indespensibility of THIS SITE http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/index.html strongly enough. It's the Atomic Rockets site, home of actual real science for hard science fiction stories. Seriously, it's great.

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SO YOU WANNA’ BE A WRITER: “Why stop at the Sixth Sense? There’s so many more….”

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Last night I was having a discussion with a well-meaning hippie friend of mine. Actually, I should say I was being discussed-at: He felt it was a discussion, but really it was just a torrent of barely-strung-together bumper sticker aphorisms all pertaining to religion and stuff, and I couldn‘t get a word in edgewise. Ordinarily I’m game to discuss religion - I find it endlessly interesting, and I’m *certainly* not going to speak ill of anyone trying to explore their numinous side - but I generally shy away from discussing it with new agey hippie types.

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