Monday, September 22, 2008

Cosmos: Travelers' Tales

In this beautiful Cosmos episode, Sagan discusses the interactions between freedom, knowledge, greed and exploration in the 17th century Dutch Republic, and how the combination of these traits induced social, scientific and economic progress. The use of economics in this episode is among the best in Sagan's series, in sharp contrast with the dullness of the episode discussed in this post.

Some among the episode's main theses nonetheless need repair. A good critique is presented by Dutch in this article.

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