The Day The Universe Changed Video By James Burke

I loved the television series The Day The Universe Changed.

The British documentary series originally aired in 1985 and starred and was produced by science historian James Burke.

Here’s the description from Wikipedia:

The series’ primary focus is on the effect of advances in science and technology on western philosophy. The title comes from the philosophical idea that the universe essentially only exists as you perceive it through what you know; therefore, if you change your perception of the universe with new knowledge, you have essentially changed the universe itself.

To illustrate this concept, James Burke tells the various stories of important scientific discoveries and technological advances and how they fundamentally altered how western civilization perceives the world. The series runs in roughly chronological order, from around the beginning of the Middle Ages to the present.

What I love about the series was how Burke makes the connections between ideas–how he connects those dots–and illustrates how those ideas influenced the course of history.

This is essential viewing for anyone interested in understanding trends and training yourself how to peek across the horizon and glimpse possible futures. Found at YouTube from JamesBurkeWeb.

Episode 1:The Way We Are

Episode 2:In The Light Of The Above

Episode 3:Point Of View

Episode 4:Matter Of Fact

Episode 5:Infinitely Reasonable

Episode 6:Credit Where It’s Due

Episode 7:What The Doctor Ordered

Episode 8:Fit To Rule

Episode 9:Making Waves

Episode 10:Worlds Without End

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