The Day The Universe Changed

Posted 2006.07.03 0.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

If you ever get the chance, I strongly recommend you watch this 1985 TV series by science historian James Burke.

The series explores the philosophical concept that the Universe only really exists to you as you perceive it. So if you change your perception of the Universe, you are in fact changing the Universe itself.

Burke proves his point by examining various important discoveries and advances throughout the 10-episode series, highlighting how each scientific milestone brought about a fundamental change in the way western civilization perceived their world.

It is a fascinating series. Each episode is very interesting and enjoyable on its own, presenting a lot of information on a certain major discovery or advance. On the whole, however, the series really shines. It helps to illustrate how important our perception, and our preconceived ideas are, in how we view and react to the Universe around us.