My kids refused to to watch the original Cosmos when I bought it on DVD a decade ago. Fearful that I would turn them off science forever I didn’t push the point but played it in the background as I worked rebuilding our house. It seemed to have a similar effect anyway but at least towards Cosmos and not science itself.
This time I suggested a new Cosmos but no still bites. My spouse who bought my first Neil deGrasse Tyson book for me and was the cause of my meeting him in New York was not enthusiastic either, for reasons I will soon state. I also met Ann Druyan that trip and had a wonderful time telling her how reading Sagan’s “Demon Haunted World” had helped nurture me back when I accidentily sawed off my small finger and I was lying in bed on opiates in a pool of self pity.
It took a snow day without school and a growing frustration on my part. The second Cosmos episode came out I hadn’t seen the first. While I appreciated watching the Veronica Mars movie along with watching the entire series in preparation I had nowhere to go to watch Cosmos. The rooms we keep heated are small and few. The bathroom sounded good because it is also heated. A tub and Cosmos sounded great but for the fact we don’t have a very good hot water heater. Shivering my way through Cosmos didn’t seem pleasant nor did just sitting there.
My grandfather used to bribe his students and family when they needed more encouragement then his motivational sayings and stories could muster. I first asked for some time to watch it our small winter living room to a resounding no (it’s our snow day) and my spouse had the kitchen covered with grading (it’s my snow day). I thought to watch it on my phone in bed under the electric blanket but it’s a visual show. Besides… Voile.
“Hey, if I pay you 20 bucks will you watch Cosmos with me.” “Uhh, yeah, sure.”
My spouse was somewhat incensed as money is not plentiful and she now earns most of it. There is also something grating about bribing people to learn. It’s odd how we willingly use force and fear for encouragement but not bribes. My kids don’t get allowances and we live too remotely for them to have jobs and the farm provides very little child income so it seemed to me a fine thing to do even if I overpaid them.
My family does get the utility of rewards as they use trips abroad to get them through the school year. It was the price. The immediacy of yes to $20 made me think I should have offered $10, or maybe cookies. Studies indicate people lower the needed value of their bribe if it’s food.
My grandfather was famous for saying to overpay people.
What would you prefer? Someone who isn’t happy wishing they were elsewhere, looking to get done early or cheat a bit. Or someone who thinks they should give a bit more in return, shows up early, and is happy to be working for you.”
He may have owned a business college but he didn’t have that fuck em mentality of most capitalists. Perhaps it was because he had always wanted to be a lawyer but he had been emotionally blackmailed to take over the college from his father.
$40 more poor (two children) I am happy, happy, happy. What a fun show. None of it new but satisfying like a meal that isn’t exotic but really well made.
I particularly liked the emphasis on evolution and the eye. Too often the eye is made to be too complicated, requiring a designer, and he showed how it had evolved and how the world might look at various stages. I also liked the discussion of artificial selection. I often say we breed animals and that is evolution to get other farmers and creationists to get evolution. Their fallback has been macro versus micro evolution.
I am happy in a public school district that doesn’t really teach evolution to be able to expose my children to it. Even in homeschooling it was tough. When I bought the Nova series Evolution for them to watch and various evolution books I had little support as now because of idiot politics and my religiously oriented extended family discussing evolution is like saying you’re secular. Indeed, I have had family members come to me and say they believe in evolution as if that were some concession–does that mean I should start attending church and not staying silent during prayers (I won’t say amen.) What that means is when I say evolution they hear antifamily-religion.
For those without cable or satellite episodes are available for 60 days after release at Fox TV.
Veronica Mars is worthing viewing as well. Strong female lead, independent attitude, good relationship with father, good friendships, and complicated relationships.