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The Good News About Being Insignificant
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The Good News About Being Insignificant

This article by Jason Gots describes the good things about being insignificant in this vast universe. The best thing about the article is that he includes an interesting video in his argument. He also makes personal connections, telling a story about him with his child. I could use his positive view of the universe in my listicle.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

This article by John Teti describes the last episode of Cosmos very well. He provides conflicting viewpoints about Tyson’s work which is very important in the article. The author also provides personal connections to the television show, and I need to do both in my writing.

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Struggles of Cosmic Insignificance
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Struggles of Cosmic Insignificance

This article by Kirk Schneider describes the struggles of being insignificant within the Cosmos. He says many people feel disconnected, and that is why they do terrible things or make bad decisions in the world. The main reason the article is compelling is because he includes personal experience and well-known historical events. In contrast, he does not do a good job of sticking to his argument, and his introduction is too long. I need to use techniques of personal connection in my writing.

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How To Write A Listicle People Want To Read
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How To Write A Listicle People Want To Read

This is a very good article by Tiffany Sun on how to write a listicle. Her introduction is very good because it includes personal connections, which she later uses as one of her points in writing a listicle. The article also keeps some of her points in bullets, and she keeps it concise which helps the reader like the article. I need to be able to use personal connections and keep my argument concise in my listicle.

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How to Write a Listicle
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How to Write a Listicle

This article by Rachel Krantz describes how to write a listicle. She describes the typical length and content that needs to be done in a listicle. I will follow this during my own listicle. Also, she says to be concise in the argument to keep the reader interested. I need to pay attention to this and not become sidetracked during my paper.

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How to Write a Listicle
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How to Write a Listicle

This article by WikiHow describes the best ways to write a listicle by using a listicle. Many of the ideas were already known to me, but the thought of using prime numbers for your list was surprising to me. It also said to use pictures, which I need to do.

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Buzzfeed Listicle Writing
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Buzzfeed Listicle Writing

This article written by Buzzfeed is very interesting an strange about places in the US to visit. The thing that was the most interesting was the bizarre pictures of the locations. I feel like the author could have written more about the locations he provided. He also could have included a better introduction. I need to work on gathering pictures for my listicle.

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Cracked Listicle Writing
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Cracked Listicle Writing

Joe Oliveto writes a very funny and interesting argument for Cracked in this article. The main reason his argument is compelling is because he asks so many questions to the reader during the text. He also keeps the lists concise for the reader to read quickly. Another thing he does is include tons of pictures and has an interesting title for the reader to read. I will include these techniques in my listicle.

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Cosmos Forgot to Explain Denying Science
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Cosmos Forgot to Explain Denying Science

Dr. Ali Matt explains the cognitive reason for rejecting ideas. The author provides personal connections and easy conceptual ideas for the readers to relate to. This article makes me want to include personal connections in my writing to make it not so boring. I could use the quote, “The brain attacks information that might challenge our beliefs the same way antibodies fight viruses” to further prove the point why people reject these vast universe views. This article could totally help me to prove my point.

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Do We Matter in the Cosmos?
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Do We Matter in the Cosmos?

In this article by Nick Hughes, he uses conflicting viewpoints very well. One thing that could be fixed is the length of the article because the length made the article less interesting for me. The author also provides various personal connections in his writing which makes it relatable. I could use these techniques in my writing to create a personal feel for the reader.

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The Tiny Scale in Cosmos
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The Tiny Scale in Cosmos

This article from The Atlantic comments very well on humanity in this episode of Cosmos. The article brings the tiny elements in Earth that are examined during Cosmos and shows how that as humans makes us feel better. After seeing the ginormous universe, seeing tiny molecules can help with the thought of existence for us humans. I was interested in this article just for the optimism in it. I could use this text as a mentor text to help me convey a sense of optimism in my paper. I could also use this text to make a conversational tone throughout my essay.

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How Is Cosmos Shaping Your View of the Universe?
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How Is Cosmos Shaping Your View of the Universe?

This article uses the belief system of Christianity as a way to look at Cosmos. One thing to critique about this article is the simple-mindedness of the people writing the article. They only count their view on the universe as correct and try to disprove other theories. In my essay, I’d like to stay open-minded and accept every view of the universe as okay. This article does prove their point pretty well. They use more of a theoretical view rather than cold hard evidence. My essay contains lots of theoretical views, and I need to learn how to prove a point without real, true evidence.

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We Humans Are Capable Of Greatness
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We Humans Are Capable Of Greatness

This short video is similar to that of Neil deGrasse Tyson, inspiring us humans to do something. Carl Sagan looks to the future in this video, saying that we will look back one day and realize we came from that pale blue dot in the sky. The video is very inspiring because of the power in his voice and because it shows such optimism for the future. If I can get my paper to have such optimism in some of the paragraphs, it will be interesting and inspiring. I need to try to learn how science popularizers have such an effect with their voice and words.

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How We Treat Astronomy as a Religion
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How We Treat Astronomy as a Religion

This is one of the most compelling articles about space exploration I have ever read. The article is very interesting because it includes personal experience and lots of evidence. It relates these ideas back to the human experience which creates a connection to the article. I need to try to do this in my writing. Also, the article is huge because of the amount of evidence presented to prove the topic. If I do these same techniques in my writing, my paper will be very successful.

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Cosmos Starts by Making Us Feel Small
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Cosmos Starts by Making Us Feel Small

This article comments on the nature of Tyson’s work in Cosmos. The author does a very good job of including different viewpoints into his argument. He does this by proving both sides of the argument very well. This makes me realize I need more evidence in my paper, so I can prove all of the sides to my argument. Also, he uses an amazing line showing our size in the universe, “lets viewers acquire a sliver of insight into our universe’s baffling bigness or, to put it another way, our pathetic smallness”. I could use this to prove how Cosmos shows how tiny we are in this universe.

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Is Humanity Unusual In The Cosmos?
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Is Humanity Unusual In The Cosmos?

This article describes our humanity in the Cosmos. The author does a very good job of incorporating other people’s work into his own. The quotes that he chose are put in smoothly and sound great when you read it. I need to be able to do this in my work because I always get points off for my incorporation of quotes into my papers. Also, I was hooked because his idea says it is probable that other life is out there in space. This is just like the field of astrophysics for me— inspiring, but also very scary.

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Why Cosmos Can’t Save Public Support for Science
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Why Cosmos Can’t Save Public Support for Science

This article by The Atlantic is very well written. It describes how science funds nowadays are spent on technology in our earth, how NASA drags along, and how science does not impact our nation as much today. I can use the quote, “hopes that Tyson’s series can re-educate the quarter of Americans who think the Sun revolves around the Earth”. This proves my point that many people do not watch the show and are very clueless and just do not care or wonder about the world around them. The show could possibly teach them to care and see what is around them. I could also use the quote, “‘When I ask scientists between the ages of 30 and 60 to name something that made them want to be scientists,’ Lewenstein says, ‘a huge number cite Cosmos.’”. I will definitely use this quote in my paper to prove that the show ‘Cosmos’ can spark curiosity which can lead to a career in the field of science.

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Tyson Making Us Feel Inadequate in ‘Cosmos’
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Tyson Making Us Feel Inadequate in ‘Cosmos’

I enjoyed this article by the same two commentators much more than the previous article by the same people. My essay is mostly on how the size of the universe makes us feel inadequate, but this comments on a different side of the argument. The article shows how in the third episode of Cosmos, many people know names of serial killers but not names of major scientists. The article says we do this to ease our fears. Many feel inadequate with the thought that at a young age scientists were making huge discoveries, but we do not even know the names of these people; instead, we know the names of famous serial killers. I was hooked by this particular article because I can totally relate to this idea. Our fears keep us from learning more and more about what people have done. I probably could not use this article in my paper, but it is a well-done job about how this show makes us feel inadequate in our world.

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The Final Episode of Cosmos
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The Final Episode of Cosmos

Personally, I did not enjoy this article by The Atlantic too much. The article was basically a commentary on the last episode of Cosmos between two people, and the two people just said how they enjoyed the show the entire article. The two commenting on the television show did not provide any conflicting viewpoints; though, I did enjoy their open-mindedness to the show. The two said how the show can be seen in many different lights, but it is up to the viewer to decide which opinion to pick. My entire essay is on this topic, so I enjoyed this part of the article. I will try to mimic their way of doing this in my essay more.

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The New Cosmos Pushing Against Religion
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The New Cosmos Pushing Against Religion

The article by Seitz does a very good job of incorporating conflicting viewpoints into his writing, but he does not seem to agree or disagree with either side. I would like to do this in my writing, but I think it is near impossible to not choose a side when analyzing the effects of this show on people. The most interesting element to his writing is how he comments on Tyson’s voice. He says that Tyson seems like an average guy with an influential voice, so we can connect with him and see the same way as him. The author also speaks on very controversial topics, which I have to do in my writing. He does not insult or hurt any belief system, but he continues and talks about the topics very easily. For my essay, I need to be able to do that well.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson's Role In The Scientific Community
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Neil deGrasse Tyson's Role In The Scientific Community

This article brings out the importance of Tyson’s work in the scientific community. It is almost the opposite of the article criticizing his work because it praises him for the work he does in the field. This makes me wonder how he is such a figure for scientific exploration and how he got there. I’m curious about the racial biases he has to endure while doing this job at such a high level. I was instantly hooked because of the positivity, and the praise he got for doing his job so well at many different levels. He basically does science for everyone, and he is a science popularizer that mostly everyone enjoys.

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We Are Stardust
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We Are Stardust

The article contains an interview of a couple who wrote a book together— the husband is a astrophysicist, and the wife is a pathologist. They intertwined the field of pathology and the field of astrophysics in their writing. I’m curious about this topic because it shows how our bodily processes came from one star exploding to create our world. This obviously took a long time to happen, but the two argue that, “Our bodies are made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies” very well. They relate diseases and many other daily things with the far-seeming explosion and stardust that created and continues to create our current world. I could use two different topics and intertwine the two in my writing.

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Science Needs a Better Spokesman Than Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Science Needs a Better Spokesman Than Neil deGrasse Tyson

This article criticizes the work of Neil deGrasse Tyson, but it is very interesting. The author questions the actual formed ideas of Tyson, and his push for kids to explore more. He says that Tyson does not much more than recite interesting facts already proven. I think the article is interesting because I personally do not believe in it, but it is a good negative argument. I could search for more negative articles and how they are written if I include lots of negativity in my writing. A sentence I could possibly use is, “If you’ve ever actually listened to Tyson speak, his overall theme is ‘science is good and cool.’” He criticizes Tyson’s work not pushing young people forward in their studies which works very well.

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Influences on Wunderkids
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Influences on Wunderkids

This interview on many intelligent and advanced kids explains how they got influenced, just as Neil deGrasse Tyson did. One girl in the video is an astrophysicist that started at a very young age. She basically took the exact route Tyson did with a mentor. Based on this article, I could write about the influences of mentors or outside forces that cause people to love and enjoy one topic so early in life. It makes me wonder how one can be influenced this throughly and love one field of study. Since I am writing about the effects of “Cosmos”, I definitely will use this to show the effects of the field on people.

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Optimistic Nihilism
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Optimistic Nihilism

This animation by Kerzgesagt explains the principle of optimistic nihilism. The principle basically says that we do not matter to this universe at all, and we cannot understand it. Because of this, the video provides a positive outlook on life because we can do whatever we feel like doing, and in the end, nothing will matter. I’m curious about this topic because it can create optimism in not mattering; we can be the gods of our own lives and do as we want. For me, this helps to find motivation in life because we can fulfill our own purpose. If we make others happy or help mankind, that is even better because we not only make ourselves feel good but others. This interests me because it means life all depends on you and what you create out of it. I could use this in my writing in how the universe helps to create a positive outlook for people.

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Why does the universe exist?
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Why does the universe exist?

This TedEd talk by Jim Holt discusses our existence as a whole. I was instantly hooked by the talk because he discusses various viewpoints about our existence. Holt places us in a universe where we are mediocre, nothing is perfect, but it does matter. I could use this in my writing because of the conflicting viewpoints. The good mentor texts include other viewpoints seen around the world. I may incorporate other viewpoints into my writing to better it.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Most Astounding Fact About Us
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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Most Astounding Fact About Us

In this video, Tyson has a short comment on the most astonishing fact in the universe which is very interesting to me. He says that “the level of connectivity” he has with the universe is the best thing to him. I really enjoy how Tyson comments on this because he feels that as we essentially do not matter, the level of connection we have with our universe does matter because we were created by it. I could use his words in my writing when I write about the optimistic view of the universe. This makes me wonder about the happiness we still have as humans when we do not matter to our universe. We are such a small part in a vast expanse, yet we still have happiness and love for it because we were created by it.

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How Seth Macfarlane has remade Carl Sagan's classic TV series
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How Seth Macfarlane has remade Carl Sagan's classic TV series

In this article, the author critiques the modern interpretation of “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan before the show has been made. The author feels as if the producers are so obsessed with sticking to Sagan’s theory that Tyson’s wit is diminished. He also comments on how Seth Macfarlane produces this show which is totally different from a comedy-like show. I like the style of writing in that it critiques but also gives praise to the show. I could use this in my writing by shedding negative and positive light on “Cosmos” to create a good argument. The negative and positive sides of the argument are well-done which also makes me wonder how to do this well.

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Carl Sagan’s influence on Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Carl Sagan’s influence on Neil deGrasse Tyson

This article expands on the effects of astrophysics on young adults. A famous public scientist, Carl Sagan, helped to bring the passion Neil deGrasse Tyson had for science into the world. I could use this article to expose the effects of interests in young adults. The one meeting the two had together brought out a further passion in the field for Tyson, and I may mimic similar effects on young adults in this field of study in my writing. This makes me wonder how in one small instance of influence, a world of opportunity is brought out to people. I will continue to read about the changing interests in young people that create a passion for them.

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Neil de Grasse Tyson on the Afterlife
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Neil de Grasse Tyson on the Afterlife

Neil deGrasse Tyson creates a compelling argument on the afterlife in an interview with Larry King. Tyson argues that we as humans return to a state of unconsciousness and decaying because of biological processes when we die. His argument interests me because he contradicts many other belief systems and says we do not live after we die. Because of this, he tries to live his life to the full potential, and he does not fear death but the thought of not completing his life purpose. This makes me wonder how Tyson’s work creates a positive outlook on not mattering in the universe. I could use this text to explain how this causes some people think of life as a thing to fulfill with their own purpose.

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