Episode 2: Some of the Things that Molecules Do

My only argument here is with the phrase, “Indisputable fact, etc.” Otherwise, great writing by a good friend.

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(First aired 16 March 2014)

Science works on the frontier between knowledge and ignorance. We’re not afraid to admit what we don’t know. There’s no shame in that. The only shame is to pretend we have all the answers.

It would be easy to dismiss Episode 2 of COSMOS as simply “The Evolution Episode”; the first episode to really deal with those big issues that are likely to trigger the ire of Creationists. And whilst this episode certainly represents a push-back against the encroachment of religion in the scientific domain, there is a great deal more to be valued in the subtext.

Turning wolves into dogs was the first time we took evolution into our own hands, and we’ve been doing it ever since…

The episode starts out by looking at the history and mechanisms of dog breeding.  This presentation of artificial selection immediately establishes a relatable premise from which…

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