The Day The Universe Changed

A quiet night in watching Brian Cox : Space, Time and Videotape on BBC Four – an evening of Science and Science Fiction programmes on Beeb Four, interspersed with short discussions between Brian Cox, Dr. Alice Roberts and Brian Blessed.

Having invested half an hour in The Day After Tomorrow: Into Infinity (1975), I’m halfway towards understanding what Colin was telling the BCS back in April about the influence of science fiction on the modern technologist.. There could also be some overlap towards the emerging discipline of user experience engineering (UX) there – the extra dimensional spaceship as an allegory of a desired user experience , simple, uncluttered, data minimalism, informationally rich…

The Day the Universe Changed – incredible! A massive range of topics, from the nature of belief, to the concept of reality, one’s ability to change it, the suggestion of a view of the internet enabled future as a kind of balanced anarchy.

A brief section on Buddhism vs Science, presented as a comparison both of the underlying methodologies, the systems for enhancing and preserving them (research topic: does Buddhism have a built in continuous improvement capability?) and the limits of applicability, Buddhism being concerned with something entirely different to the discipline of science.

Ultimately, this view of the universe is different from ours because it turns away from the world, believing that to investigate the constantly changing forms of everyday life can only lead to confusion.

High in the Himalayas, the Buddhist view leads you to an understanding of the temporary nature of life and that enlightenment can only come by leaving it behind.

James Burke, The Day the Universe Changed pt10, 1985

And the description for the series, flagrantly and unashamedly lifted from

This series based on a simple premise, the universe is essentially only how you yourself perceive it. If you change what you know about the universe, then to you, you have essentially changed the universe itself. In this series, James Burke explores nine key moments in the history of the Western world when the introduction of new knowledge and/or technology has led to profound changes in how the West thinks. These include things like the introduction of Guttenberg’s printing press, Copernicus’s sun centered universe model and Darwin’s publishing of his theory of evolution.

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