Am I the only one who was like “And Carl Sagan apparently had NOTHING ELSE on his schedule for that week!? NOT POSSIBLE!” I’m not doubting the story, but I think maybe they doctored his schedule so we didn’t see all of the occult, eyes-wide-shut-style parties he had scheduled on Thursday.
goodbye my love
Aaaactually, that little boy actually just marked him for death. This guy, Ray McKinley was found dead in his hotel room like 12 hours after this was shot.
AAAAAAAACTUALLY, the boy is really Ray McKinley from the past—the older Ray McKinley is a time traveling documentarian, who went back 20 years to research his home town.
What’s not shown is the moment when the entropic cascade event kicks in from the interaction of the two identical bio-electric Casimir fields after he touches his future self, the result of which wipes Ray McKinley’s entire existence from all of history.
That we have this footage is merely due a temporal paradox of unknown origins.
Correcting Internet DisInformation: The American Space Pen / The Russian Pencil
thank you for this.
And then from his initial investment of >$1,000,000, the Fisher Pen Co. was able to make a lot of money and grow the overall size of the U.S. economy and create lots of jobs.
So essentially a story that is supposed to be about government inefficiency turns out to be a story about how the U.S. government worked with a private company to make space travel safer while also stimulating economic growth.
The moral of the story is not that the Soviet Union was more efficient. The moral of the story is that by failing to allow private investment in innovation, the Soviet Union was doomed.
Incidentally, Paul Fisher, who invented the Fisher space pen, was a fascinating guy. He had this plan to eliminate income and property taxes with a progressive asset tax and even ran for President. And the Fisher Space Pen Co. is still a going concern, still employing people, and still generating a return on Fisher’s million-dollar investment.
Ann Druyan — the amazing lady who has co-written, produced and directed both the original (1980s) and today’s “Cosmos” series.
“We may be little but we don’t think small. It’s the courage of questions, of grasping our true circumstances, and not pretending we are at the center of it all, that is adulthood. That’s being a grownup. Nothing in the cosmos diminishes the profundity of life and love. This show is a celebration of life in the universe.”