The persistence of memory [videorecording] ; Encyclopaedia galactica / a joint production of KCET and Carl Sagan Productions, Inc. in association with the British Broadcasting Corporation and Polytel International.
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Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996.
British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service.
Carl Sagan Productions.
KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Turner Home Entertainment (Firm)
Daniken, Erich von, 1935-
Life on other planets.
Memory -- Physiological aspects.
Thought and thinking.
Unidentified flying objects.
Cosmos, a personal voyage ; episodes 11 & 12
1 videocassette (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Videocassette release of the program originally produced in 1980.
Encyclopaedia galactica: Beginning with the scrutiny of a notorious UFO incident and the unsubstantiated theories of von Daniken, this episode explores the probable nature of intelligent civilizations in the universe and the means by which contact might be made. Dr. Sagan notes that the "Rosetta Stone" for interstellar communication is likely to involve the laws of physics--shared observations about the universe, such as the spectra of the elements and the constant speed of light. At the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, Dr. Sagan programs the world's largest radio telescope to listen to a hitherto unexamined star for signs of intelligent life.
Persistence of memory: From the modern view that whales represent an intelligent species, Dr. Sagan moves to the study of genetic information, the functions of the human brain, a discussion of brain size and behavior, the relationship of brain and environment, and the physiological synaptic response, the chemical-electrical process that enables us to think. He points out how the "libraries" of the gene and the brain are translated into symbolic communication--writing--to create libraries which house the accrued information of generations.
Series director, Adrian Malone ; writers, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Steven Soter ; senior producers, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, David Kennard ; producers, Gregory Andorfer, Rod McCain ; cinematographers, Chris O'Dell, Hillyard J. Brown ; chief artist, Jon Lomberg ; film editor, James Latham ; music consultant, Gordon Skene ; consultants, Everett C. Olson ... [et al.].
Host, Carl Sagan.
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