A friend recently shared with me updated information he had studied about dark energy, dark matter and the outer edge of the universe, which is apparently expanding by the minute. Who knew? I killed what had been a very engaging conversation when I asked, “If the outer edge of the universe tomorrow is going to be in places that it is not in today, what’s in those places right now?” He tried to get it going again by shifting the topic to how alone and vulnerable humans are on this planet, cheerfully noting that a single blast from a quasar could wipe us all out at any time and we wouldn’t even see it coming. None of this did much to get my mind off terrorism, gun violence, skyrocketing health care costs, our stagnant economy and other pressing matters of the moment, but it did put me in the right frame of mind for the ultimate television escapism – a robust binge of episodes from BBC America’s “Doctor Who,” a show that always makes even the most complex theories about space and time seem somehow to be manageable.
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