The 16th 21st Century


As much as I (along with Ben) enjoyed the Neil deGrasse Tyson version of Cosmos, the original version still stands the test of time and holds my fascination. In the early 1980’s I consumed the book while underwater aboard USS Michigan. In an era before easily available videotapes, I tried desperately to catch reruns on PBS while in port. Today, the DVD’s stand proudly on my shelf, one of the designated “Most Important” items that I never pack away when I move about. The set is a prize and while it will no doubt, eventually be replaced by streaming versions (as yet not available), it remains one of my “go-to” watches when I am feeling contemplative.

In one of the episodes, Sagan talks rather extensively about astrology and its impact in both history and science. It is remarkable, that today, in the 21st Century, when we are knowledgeable enough to understand that the positions of stars and planets cannot possibly impact our lives, astrology not only remains but flourishes. Much like the mid 16th Century when, for a coin, a street astrologer would cast a horoscope, we pay for internet access to get the same thing.

Why do we do this? Is it really as simple as “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?


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