The contested hypothetical details of the Permian-Triassic Extinction get flattened into a narrative as certain and uncontroversial as a timeline of World War II.
"It appears that there is a vast, hidden ‘wisdom,’ or structure, or a knotty blueprint for even the most simple-looking element of nature."
In discussing Cosmos and related matters, we’re in the habit of talking as if there were just two alternative world-views.
Last night’s episode was highlighted by a fascinating discussion of how scientists have determined the compositions of stars, and what happens when different types of stars die.
If that doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, I suppose I don’t know what will.