Video: Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke - God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988)

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This talk show from the eighties is so inexpressibly epic that I can’t even pick a place to start. In the most incredible combination of popular scientific figures, Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan have a fifty-minute discussion ranging from the origin of the universe to nuclear war – topics that are just as relevant now (especially that last one). Whether it’s Hawking’s snide comments about the government, Carl Sagan’s critique of how science is taught, or Arthur Clarke’s use of old computer technology to actually teach the audience about math, there is just so much casual competence on screen that it makes me nostalgic for a TV era I wasn’t even around for.

Not only does this show touch on all sorts of space and science topics, Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Arthur Clarke discuss aliens with very divergent viewpoints. Hawking sticks to his strong opinion that alien contact is a bad idea: he thinks it's more likely that intelligent aliens will destroy us as soon as visit us. Sagan and Clarke think about the matter more optimistically, and Sagan particularly, as a key figure in SETI, thinks that contact with aliens will be inevitable if they do exist. If alien civilizations are anywhere nearby, after all, TV has already reached them. (Frighteningly.)
These three figures are an interesting choice. You have two hard core scientists, though both popular and eloquent figures, and a science fiction writer who, despite writing fairly soft science fiction, manages to keep up with them. And then, most surprisingly, there’s a host who actually knows and appears interested in science, which is a far departure from talk show hosts now. Everyone has a fairly different point of view, as well as obviously different areas of expertise and concentration, but they treat each other’s answers as legitimate and worthy of respect; even when the topic turns dangerously to the intermixing of God and science -- something I don’t think a host, speakers, or the audience could handle -- all there is in the show is awesomeness.

It’s like having the masters of the universe – quite topically – coming together to have a rousing discussion just for our entertainment.

Oh, wait. That’s exactly what it is.

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