We Live in a Bad Universe

Phil Plait’s Bad Universe is perhaps best summed up in two words: Holy Haleakala! This show will dispel any notion you may have had about the tranquil and friendly nature of our universe. The truth is, the universe we live in is a dangerous place. Fortunately, we can identify what those dangers are and (hopefully) learn how to avoid them, through the use of science.

The first episode explores the threat of an asteroid (or comet) colliding with Earth, and how it could potentially rain down a world of hurt on Sydney… or maybe even the entire planet. This Mythbusters-esque explosion-fest explores questions that are essential for the long-term survival of life on earth, like: “What’s out there?”, “How much damage can it cause if it crashes into us?”, and “How can we blow it up? (And should we?)”.

This show is fun, compelling, and best of all, hosted by noted skeptic Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer). “But wait!” you may say to yourself, “I live in the desolate northern wasteland known as Canada. Will I ever be able to see this shining exemplar of educational television?” Fear not, brave reader, because Discovery Canada has announced that they’re working to bring this show right into your living room!

Of course, for the impatient, you can also resort to obtaining the show through more creative means.

5 Responses to “We Live in a Bad Universe”

  1. Steve Thoms says:

    Ah, but Mitchell! Since you are clearly a Canadian, you must have travelled to the United States when it aired, right? After all, that would be the only way that we Canadians could have seen it…legally….right? #watchingyourbackman

  2. Great news! I hope it’s some time soon. My neighbours are getting tired of me yelling at DiscoveryCanada from my living room. I’ve tried shouting directly into the remote control, but they don’t seem to hear me.

  3. Justin says:

    Nice! My company provided the laser that he uses to test the comet-deflection technique. I was so excited when I heard it was Phil Plait doing the show, because I knew that it would be something worth watching. (Yes, I sell lasers for a living. It’s ubergeekcool.) I saw several clips on YouTube and it looks like a great show.


  • Mitchell Gerskup

    Mitchell Gerskup recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics and Philosophy. An avid atheist and skeptic, he has served as the President of the University of Toronto Secular Alliance, helping to promote science, reason and critical thinking around Toronto. He also volunteers with the Centre for Inquiry’s Ontario branch, and currently sits on the CFI’s Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism. Mitchell is also an accomplished competitive debater, having debated all across Canada. In addition to issues of economics and philosophy, Mitchell is interested in the fields of science and technology.