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Season 1 Poster for A Conversation with Cometan

Season 1 Poster for A Conversation with Cometan

Official Poster for Season 2 of A Conversation with Cometan.

Official Poster for Season 3 of A Conversation with Cometan.

A Conversation with Cometan (abbreviated ACWC) is an online video series and podcast created by the Astronist Institution that features Cometan interviewing and engaging in conversation with a wide variety of individuals involved in the areas of religion, philosophy, and space exploration. It was originally published on the digital platform YouTube, but has since also been distributed to other platforms like the Astronism Channel, Dailymotion, Goodreads, IMDb, Academia and other sites.

The third and current season of the show is set to premiere on 3rd January 2022 and will feature Cometan hosting again. Michael York, David Warner Mathisen, and Octavio Chon have been announced as cast members so far. The first and second seasons consisted of eight and nineteen episodes respectively with the first season running from October 2020 to February 2021 and the second season from March to August 2021.

Overview and casting

Season 1

Main article: Season 1 of A Conversation with Cometan

The premiere season of A Conversation with Cometan saw eight episodes published. David Warner Mathisen was featured in episodes while Jeffrey Kotyk, Giulia Carla Bassani, Giulio Prisco and Howard Bloom were featured in one episode each. Harith Ramli featured as a guest in the lecture episodes titled Astronism: A Space Religion. The season featured two special lecture episodes and six interview episodes and ran from 22nd October 2020 to 8th February 2021.

Season 2

Main article: Season 2 of A Conversation with Cometan

Season 2 comprised nineteen episodes in total, more than double than the previous season. Giulio Prisco returned from Season 1 and was featured in two episodes. New cast members included Adriano Autino, Steven Wolfe, Philip van Nedervelde, Michael York, Alberto Cavallo, Tsvi Bisk and Paul Ziolo. Namrata Goswami, Rachel Lyons and Natasha Vita-More appeared as guests as part of the 2021 Terasem Colloquium episode. The season consisted of four interview episodes, one special Vicinal Assembly episode, a lecture episode as part of the 2021 Terasem Colloquium, three single format episodes with Cometan speaking alone and a total of ten lecture episodes. The season ran from 15th March to 16th August 2021.

Season 3

Main article: Season 3 of A Conversation with Cometan

The season officially announced on 23rd September 2021 and the official poster was revealed, the first to include the Second Iteration of the Cometan logo. It was announced on 17th October 2021 that production had begun on the third season. On 14th November 2021, it was announced that David Warner Mathisen would be returning to the show following his absence from Season 2 and would feature in the premiere episode of Season 3. On 19th November 2021, it was announced that Michael York would feature in Season 3 following his initial appearance in Season 2 and that Octavio Chon would also be joining the main cast for the third season. On 19th December 2021, it was announced that Giulio Prisco would be returning for Season 3, meaning Prisco has been a full cast member for every season of the show so far. On 16th January 2022, it was announced that Namrata Goswami would be making a return from Season 2 but upgraded to a main cast role from a guest role. On 29th January 2022, it was announced that Steven Wolfe would be returning as a main cast member from his first appearance in Season 2. The mid-season break began on 14th March 2022 following the publication of the eleventh episode of Season 3. The second half of the season is due to begin airing in April 2022. On the 29th April 2022, it was announced that Andrew Copson, the Chief Executive of Humanists UK, would be featured in the second half of Season 3 as a main cast member.

Cast by season

Some cast members

Cast members
Seasons
1
2
3
Cometan Host
David Warner Mathisen Cast Cast
Harith Ramli Guest
Howard Bloom Cast
Giulia Carla Bassani Cast
Jeffrey Kotyk Cast
Giulio Prisco Cast
Adriano Autino Cast
Steven Wolfe Cast
Alberto Cavallo Cast
Tsvi Bisk Cast
Paul Ziolo Cast
Michael York Cast
Namrata Goswami Guest Cast
Natasha Vita-More Guest
Rachel Lyons Guest
Philip van Nedervelde Cast
Octavio Chon Cast
Andrew Copson Cast

Seasons by time period

Seasons by time period
Season Time period No. of episodes
Season 1 October 2020 – February 2021 8
Season 2 March 2021 – August 2021 19
Season 3 January 2022 – June 2022 22

Gallery of A Conversation with Cometan episodes

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

List of A Conversation with Cometan episodes

# Title Guest(s) Type Viewership (YouTube only) Date of recording Date of publication
Season 1 (2020–2021)
1 Astronism & Ancient Star Myths David Warner Mathisen Standard: Long-form discussion 137 18th October 2020 22nd October 2020
2 Ancient Astronomy & Astronist Philosophy David Warner Mathisen Standard: Long-form discussion 92 8th November 2020 9th November 2020
3 Astral Magic & Astrology As Religion Dr. Jeffrey Kotyk Standard: Long-form discussion and interview 154 29th November 2020 30th November 2020
4 Astronism: A Space Religion Lecture Dr. Harith Ramli and Edge Hill Student Cohort Special: Lecture, Q&A and discussion 21 2nd December 2020 3rd December 2020
5 Space Revolutions & Man’s Destiny Among the Stars Howard Bloom Standard: Long-form discussion 60 10th January 2021 11th January 2021
6 The Eschatology & Soteriology of Astronism Dr. Harith Ramli and Cambridge Muslim College Cohort Special: Lecture 51 12th January 2021 19th January 2021
7 Humans on Mars & The Mysteries of The Cosmos Giulia Bassani (AstroGiulia) Standard: Long-form discussion and interview 215 24th January 2021 25th January 2021
8 Astronism, Cosmism & Humanity's Salvation in Space Giulio Prisco Standard: Long-form discussion and interview 69 7th February 2021 8th February 2021
Season 2 (2021)
1 Astronautic Humanism & The Vision for a Space Renaissance Adriano Autino Standard: Long-form discussion and interview 37 14th February 2021 15th March 2021
2 When Religion Goes Extraterrestrial Dr. Carl Morris and Religion, Culture and Society cohort Special: Lecture at UCLan 6 4th March 2021 22nd March 2021
3 Scope of Man & Distractions of the World n/a Singular format 2 14th February 2021 29th March 2021
4 Cometan at The First Vicinal Assembly Adriano Autino, Alberto Cavallo, Giulio Prisco, Paulo Ziolo, Steven Wolfe, Tsvi Bisk Special: Vicinal assembly 56 25th April 2021 26th April 2021
5 Astral Mysticism & The Journey to Astrosis n/a Special: lecture n/a 26th April 2021 3rd May 2021
6 The Dynamics & Foundations of Astronism n/a Special: lecture n/a 27th April 2021 10th May 2021
7 Total Immersion into Astronism: Astrosoteriology n/a Special: lecture n/a 1st June 2021 11th June 2021
8 Total Immersion into Astronism: Astronist Philosophy & Defining Astronism n/a Special: lecture n/a 3rd June 2021 14th June 2021
9 The Politics of Space Law & Human Rights Steven Wolfe Standard: Long-form discussion and interview n/a 14th June 2021 18th June 2021
10 Total Immersion into Astronism: The Astronic Tradition n/a Special: lecture n/a 5th June 2021 21st June 2021
11 Total Immersion into Astronism: Cosmology of Astronism & Astronist Theology n/a Special lecture: n/a 6th June 2021 28th June 2021
12 Commencing the Establishment Era n/a Singular format n/a 1st July 2021 1st July 2021
13 Total Immersion into Astronism: Astroeschatology n/a Special: lecture n/a 6th-7th June 2021 5th July 2021
14 Total Immersion into Astronism: Prismatics, Astroncy & Meta-Astronist Theory n/a Special: lecture n/a 7th-8th June 2021 12th July 2021
15 Global Recognition of Religion or Belief n/a Special: lecture n/a 1st July 2021 19th July 2021
16 Thoughts on the Decline of Religion in the West n/a Singular format n/a 6th July 2021 26th July 2021
17 Cometan at the 2021 Terasem Space Day Giulio Prisco, Namrata Goswami, Natasha Vita-More, Rachel Lyons,

Steven Wolfe

Special: lecture n/a 20th July 2021 2nd August 2021
18 Astronomy in World Religion Michael York
  • Standard: Long-form discussion and interview
  • Bonus episode
n/a 10th July 2021 9th August 2021
19 Settling Space, Expanding Minds Philip van Nedervelde
  • Standard: Long-form discussion and interview
  • Bonus episode
n/a 14th July 2021 16th August 2021
Season 3 (2022)
1 Astrotheology & The Global System of Celestial Metaphor David Warner Mathisen
  • Standard: Long-form discussion and interview
N/a 14th November 2021 3rd January 2022
2 Cosmocentrism & The Philosophy of Astrobiology Octavio Chon
  • Standard: Long-form discussion and interview
N/a 13th November 2021 10th January 2022
3 Transcension & Religions of the Future N/a Singular format N/a 17th October 2021 17th January 2022
4 Astronomy in Pagan Religion Professor Michael York
  • Standard: Long-form discussion and interview
N/a 21st October 2021 24th January 2022
5 Explaining Major Astronist Mechanism 1 N/a Special: lecture N/a 16th June 2021 31st January 2022
6 Analipsology: The Dogma of Transcension N/a Special: lecture N/a 13th November 2021 7th February 2022
7 Understanding Space Policy Namrata Goswami
  • Standard; Long-form discussion and interview
N/a 16th January 2022 14th February 2022
8 Astronism vs. Cosmism N/a Special: lecture N/a 13th November 2021 21st February 2022
9 Astroeschatology & The Cosmic Resurrection Giulio Prisco
  • Standard; Long-form discussion and interview
N/a 19th December 2021 28th February 2022
10 Space Philosophy & Astral Ecstasy Steven Wolfe
  • Standard; Long-form discussion and interview
N/a 29th January 2022 7th March 2022
11 Facilitationism: Cometan’s Approach to Religious Freedom N/a Special: lecture N/a 4th December 2021 14th March 2022
12 The Curious History of the Ancestors of Cometan N/a Special: lecture N/a 20th February 2022 18th April 2022
13 Cosmocentrism: The Worldview of Astronism N/a Special: lecture N/a 18th December 2021 25th April 2022
14 Irene Mary & Derrick Taylor's Traditionalist Catholicism N/a Special: lecture N/a 9th January 2022 2nd May 2022
15 Cometanic Reflections N/a Singular format N/a 29th January 2022 9th May 2022
16 Astronality: The Psychology of Astronists N/a Special: lecture N/a 20th February 2022 16th May 2022
17 Astronism vs. Humanism N/a
  • Standard; Long-form discussion and interview
N/a 29th April 2022 23rd May 2022

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