Space: Staying Alive

This is the second episode of the mini-series documentary Space, narrated by Sam Neill. This episode deals with the fragile and ephemeral nature of our existence and survival in the context of the cosmos, and explores the dangers of living in our universe. Although they don't make this point explicitly, I think it's a rather nice way of finding fault with the so-called anthropic principle, which posits that this universe is a very stable and conducive place to harbor life (what theologians and even some respected cosmologists use as the philosophical justification that this universe was created with some kind of purpose and foresight). If you think about it, we are sort of imprisoned to the very narrow confines of our planet... we probably could not survive in most of the universe; that's a big waste of space, isn't it?

If you missed the first episode, you can watch it here.


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