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Season 1 - Episode 1
Pilot
Intro

The ratio is always the same. 1 to 1.618 over and over and over again. The patterns are hidden in plain sight. Just have to know where to look. Things most people see as chaos actually follow subtle laws of behavior. Galaxies, plants, seashells. The patterns never lie. But only some of us can see how the pieces fit together.
7,080,360,000 of us live on this tiny planet. This is the story of some of those people.
There's an ancient Chinese myth about the Red Thread of Fate. It says the gods have tied every one of our ankles and attached it to all the people whose lives we're destined to touch. This thread may stretch or tangle, but it'll never break. It's all predetermined by mathematical probability, and it's my job to keep track of those numbers, to make the connections for those who need to find each other... the ones whose lives need to touch.
I was born 4,161 days ago on October 26, 2000. I've been alive for eleven years, four months, 21 days and 14 hours.
And in all that time... I've never said a single word.


Conclusion

The ratio is always the same. 1 to 1.618, over and over and over again. The patterns, mathematical in design, are hidden in plain sight. You just have to know where to look. 7,080,360,000 people and only a few of us can see the connections.
Today we'll send over 300 billion e-mails. 19 billion text messages. Yet we'll still feel alone.
The average person will say 2,250 words to 7.4 other individuals. Will these words be used to hurt? Or to heal?
There's an ancient Chinese myth about the Red Thread of Fate. It says that the gods have tied a red thread around every one of our ankles and attached it to all of the people whose lives we are destined to touch. This thread may stretch or tangle.
But it will never break.
Season 1 - Episode 2
1+1=3

Intro

My name is Jake. I was born 4,165 days ago, on October 26, 2000. I live on this planet with 7,080,360,000 other people.
This is a story of some of those people.
Today the average person will say 2,250 words to 7.4 other individuals. We'll send over 300 billion e-mails, 19 billion text messages, all adding to the giant mosaic of patterns and ratios. Mathematical in design, these patterns are hidden in plain sight. You just have to know where to look, but only some of us can see how the pieces fit together. It's all been predetermined by mathematical probability, and it's my job to keep track of those numbers, to make the connections for those who need to find each other... The ones whose lives need to touch.
I was born on October 26, 2000. I've been alive for 11 years, four months, 25 days, and in all that time... I've never said a single word. But that's okay. I have someone who hears me now.


Conclusion

Seven billion people on a tiny planet... suspended in the vastness of space... all alone.
How we make sense of that is the great mystery of our frail existence.
Maybe it's being alone in the universe that holds us all together... keeps us needing one another in the smallest of ways... creating a quantum entanglement... of you, of me, of us.
And if that's really true... then we live in a world where anything is possible.
Season 1 - Episode 3
Safety In Numbers
Intro

There are three million species of animals living in the tropical rain forests, and one of them, the red fire ant, lives underground, under constant threat of annihilation from flash floods. Nature doesn't care. If a species wants to survive, it has to prove it deserves to. When the floods come, the fire ants hold on to each other, creating a living raft that can float until the water recedes. Months, if necessary.
So how does a species figure something like that out? Instinct? Trial and error? Was there one fire ant who was being swept away by the rushing water... and grabbed on to another ant, only to find that together they could float?
What if you were the one who knew what needed to be done... but you had no words?
How do you make the others understand? How do you call for help?


Conclusion

Human beings are not the strongest species on the planet. We're not the fastest, or maybe even the smartest.
The one advantage we have is our ability to cooperate... to help each other out.
We recognize ourselves in each other, and are programmed for compassion, for heroism, for love.
And those things make us stronger, faster... and smarter.
It's why we've survived. It's why we even want to.
Season 1 - Episode 4
Kite Strings
Intro

The first transatlantic telegraph cable was made of 340,500 miles of copper and iron wire, designed to stretch 2,876.95 miles along the ocean floor. Once the cable was in place, you could use electrical impulses and signal code to send any message you wanted to the other side of the world.
Human beings are hard-wired with the impulses to share our ideas... and the desire to know we've been heard. It's all part of our need for community. That's why we're constantly sending out signals and signs. It's why we look for them from other people. We're always waiting for messages. Hoping for connection. And if we haven't received a message, it doesn't always mean it hasn't been sent to us. Sometimes it means we haven't been listening hard enough.


Conclusion

In spite of all our communication technology, no invention is as effective as the sound of the human voice.
When we hear a human voice, we instinctively want to listen, in the hopes of understanding it.
Even when the speaker is searching for the right words to say. Even when all we hear is yelling, or crying, or singing.
That's because the human voice resonates differently from anything else in the world.
That's why we can hear a singer's voice over the sound of a full orchestra.
We will always hear the singer, matter what else surrounds it.
Season 1 - Episode 5
Entanglement
Intro

490,000 babies will be born today. Each of them unique. And each one of them a link in the greater human chain.
And the moment their umbilical cord is severed... they will become an individual with their own hopes, dreams and desires.
But, in fact, each one of us is actually made up of a dozen systems... which, in turn, comprise 60 trillion cells, and those cells house countless proteins, DNA, organelles.
What appears to be an individual is actually a network.
Each one of us is, in fact, a living, breathing community, but it doesn't stop there. Why would it?
Every individual hope you harbor, every dream you retain, every desire you fulfill has an impact far greater than you can imagine.
At least that's how it looks from where I'm sitting.


Conclusion

The threads that connect us are not bound by space and time.
What seems to the individual like a twist of fate, from another perspective, is simply one of those threads pulled tight.
How things should have been all along.
And even when those threads seem irreparably frayed... they never break. Not completely.
But sometimes the most important connection is here and now.
Season 1 - Episode 6
Lost & Found
Intro

89 degrees, 15 minutes and 50.8 seconds. That's the current position of Polaris. The Northern Star. Viewed from another planet, it's just one among many. But on Earth, it's uniquely important. Fixed in place, an anchor. No matter where you are in the northern hemisphere, if you face Polaris, you face North. You know where you are.
But there are other ways to get lost. In the choices we make. In events that overwhelm us. Even within our own minds. What can be an anchor then? What beacon can we turn to... to guide us from darkness to light?
What if it's other people? The lives that touch our own, in ways big and small?
Because unlike Polaris... the light that they bring... will never fade.


Conclusion

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Season 1 - Episode 7
Noosphere Rising
Intro

Numbers are constant. Until they're not. Our inability to influence outcome is the great equalizer. Makes the world fair.
Computers generate random numbers in an attempt to glean meaning out of probability. Endless numerical sequences, lacking any pattern. During cataclysmic global events... tsunami, earthquake, the attacks on 9/11... these random numbers suddenly stop being random. As our collective consciousness synchronizes, so do the numbers.
Science can't explain the phenomenon, but religion does. It's called prayer.
A collective request, sent up in unison. A shared hope.
Numbers are constant, until they're not.


Conclusion

During cataclysmic global events, our collective consciousness synchronizes. So do the numeric sequences created by random number generators. Science can't explain the phenomenon, but religion does. It's called prayer. A collective request sent up in unison, a shared hope, fear relieved, a life spared. Numbers are constant... until they're not.
In times of tragedy... times of collective joy, in these brief moments, it is only the shared emotional experience that makes the world seem less random.
Maybe it's coincidence.
And maybe it's the answer to our prayers.
Season 1 - Episode 8
Zone Of Exclusion
Intro

They say that the shortest path between two points is a straight line. But what happens if that path gets blocked? When sediment impedes the flow of a river, it redirects... zigging and zagging instead of following a straight course.
What looks to the crow like meandering, is to the water the most efficient route from source to outlet. Nature finds a detour.
When two points are destined to touch but a direct connection is impossible... the universe will always find another way.


Conclusion

If two points are destined to touch... the universe will always find a way to make the connection.
Even when all hope seems lost... certain ties cannot be broken. They define who we are. And who we can become.
Across space... across time... along paths we cannot predict... nature always finds a way.
Season 1 - Episode 9
Music Of The Spheres
Intro

The chromatic scale consists of 12 tones. Arranged in time and sequence, these 12 simple tones create an infinite variety of music. Harmony and dissonance, tension and resolution. All can be described by the mathematical ratios between tones.
If we could translate all ratios into sound, we could hear the Music of the Spheres; a sound as immense, as powerful as the universe itself, as quiet as a single stone.
As beguiling of the human heart.
For some, music elevates the spirit to a place of transcendent beauty.
Others simply hear the beauty in numbers themselves.


Conclusion

The Earth, as it rotates, emits a frequency, a musical note, at 7.83 hertz. But this frequency alters slightly for reasons as yet uncertain. Some postulate solar flares as the cause, or electrical disturbance in the atmosphere.
But maybe there's a simpler explanation. Maybe the sound of the planet is influenced by the seven billion souls whirring around it, each producing their own music, adding their own harmony.
Season 1 - Episode 10
Tessellations
Intro

Symmetry is the language of the universe. It is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word.
But some of us can speak it. We see the precise patterns, the tessellations.
Those geometric shapes... rotated and reflected... infinitely repeated.
And when you speak the language, follow the logic, you can predict the next step. You just have to trust in where the path leads.


Conclusion

We're all a part of this infinite tessellation, each a single cellin the honeycomb. And though individual pieces of this puzzle may never physically touch... they all form part of that same grand mosaic. Like bricks in a wall, the whole is made stronger by each brick. Remove one, and it all comes crumbling down.
Though we may not realize it, the integrity of this wall is tested daily. But the wall holds... because of everyone's collective support.
Season 1 - Episode 11
Gyre (Part 1)
Intro

In 1992, a shipping container fell overboard on its way from China to the United States, releasing 29,000 rubber ducks into the Pacific Ocean. Ten months later, the first of these rubber ducks washed ashore on the Alaskan Coast. Since then, these ducks have been found in Hawaii, South America, Australia, and traveling slowly inside the Arctic ice.
But 2,000 of the ducks were caught up in the North Pacific Gyre, a vortex of currents moving between Japan, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and the Aleutian Islands.
Items that get caught in the gyre usually stay in the gyre, doomed to travel the same path, forever circulating the same waters. But not always.
Their paths can be altered by a change in the weather, a storm at sea, a chance encounter with a pod of whales.
20 years after the rubber ducks were lost at sea, they are still arriving on beaches around the world, and the number of ducks in the gyre has decreased, which means it's possible to break free.
Even after years of circling the same waters, it's possible to find the way to shore.


Conclusion

Items that get caught in the gyre usually stay in the gyre, doomed to travel the same path, forever circulating in the same waters.
But not always.
Their paths can be altered by a change in the weather, a storm at sea, a chance encounter with a pod of whales, which means it's possible to break free. Even after years of circling the same waters, it's possible to find a way to shore.
Season 1 - Episode 12
Gyre (Part 2)
Intro

There are 31,530,000 seconds in a year. A thousand milliseconds in a second. A million microseconds. A billion nanoseconds. And the one constant, connecting nanoseconds to years, is change.
The universe. From atom to galaxy, is in a perpetual state of flux. But we humans don't like change. We fight it. It scares us. So we create the illusion of stasis. We want to believe in a world at rest, the world of right now.
Yet our great paradox remains the same. The moment we grasp the "now", that "now" is gone. We cling to snapshots. But life is moving pictures.
Each nanosecond different from the last. Time forces us to grow. To adapt.
Because every time we blink our eyes... the world shifts beneath our feet.


Conclusion

Every day, every moment, every nanosecond, the world changes. Electrons bump into each other and react. People collide and alter each other's paths.
Change isn't easy. More often, it's wrenching and difficult.
But maybe that's a good thing. Because it's change that makes us strong. Keeps us resilient.
It teaches us to evolve.
Season 1 - Episode 13
The Road Not Taken
Intro

We can't help but wonder how much difference one person makes in the world. We look inside ourselves, questioning if we have the capacity for heroism and greatness.
But the truth is, every time we take an action, we make an impact. Every single thing we do has an effect on the people around us. Every choice we make sends ripples out into the world. Our smallest acts of kindness can cause a chain reaction of unforeseen benefits for people we've never met.
We might not witness those results, but they happen all the same.


Conclusion

The point where all things were possible. The moment when a choice was made, or an action taken. The breath inhaled before a first step forward. And the most lasting chain reactions that are started by those moments and actions and choices... are always the ones that are started by love.
Season 2 - Episode 1
Event Horizon
Intro

There are infinite ways to communicate, some better than others. Today, the average person will say 17,520 words to 7.4 other individuals. Yet change the language, one border to the next, and we are hopeless. Stumbling to explain the simplest of concepts. I want... I am... I love.
My name is Jake. I was born on October 26, 2000. I've been alive for 11 years, eight months and 16 days. And in all that time, I've never said a single word.
But that's about to change.


Conclusion

There are three things that I've learned in my time on this planet.
One. We are all connected.
Two. Where you end, I begin. And vice versa.
And three. No matter how hard we try to control it... nothing is exactly what it appears to be.
Season 2 - Episode 2
Closer
Intro

For thousands of years, sailors have looked to the stars to understand where they are. As oceans move beneath them, they take comfort in the fixed mark of the North Star, while here below, nothing ever stops to moving.
Mass attracts mass. Bodies moving toward each other in space will speed up as they get closer.
The gravitational pull between two bodies becomes stronger... making convergence inevitable.
What we're heading toward or what the outcome of the convergence will be... is unknowable.
Man continues to look to the stars for certainty. But the only real certainty is that every day we're alive our destiny is getting closer and closer.


Conclusion

We are all in motion, hurtling toward a destiny we did not choose and cannot avoid.
Bodies moving through space speed up as they get nearer to one another. The convergence is inevitable.
For thousands of years, sailors have looked to the stars to understand where they are. As oceans move beneath them, they take comfort in the fixed mark of the North Star. But here below, nothing ever stops moving.
Season 2 - Episode 3
Enemy Of My Enemy
Intro

From the smallest amoeba to the grandest of galaxies, we define ourselves by our borders. Our boundaries.
I am me, therefore, I am not you. We are safe within our territory. But borders can be places of instability, of danger.
Cold fronts collide with warm. Dynamic energy explodes.
And yet... it's at the edges, the frontiers between us, where ideas are exchanged, where knowledge is gained.
I am me, but I must push past my borders if I'm ever to truly know you.


Conclusion

We cross borders, explore new frontiers... frontiers of the heart, frontiers of the soul, and if we're lucky, we come home again, having learned great lessons about our shared destiny, for the purpose of our travels, both inward and outward.
It's not merely to see the unseen, but to bring those visions home, to share with those we love.
Season 2 - Episode 4
Perfect Storm
Intro

Sometimes storms do not arrive full-blown. Sometimes, they build over days, or even weeks.
An Arctic storm, moving southward, can suddenly crash into a tropical hurricane that's driving North.
And when these collisions of weather systems occur, it causes the storm to explode.
The sum total of their destructive energy is far greater than what any of them would have been had they remained on their own, creating what meteorologists sometimes call "perfect conditions" for a deadly storm.
A perfect storm.


Conclusion

And when these perfect storms hit, you have to recognize them for what they are.
Acknowledge their awesome power. And hold on tight..
Season 2 - Episode 5
Eye To Eye
Intro

Human beings are hard-wired to connect. We are drawn to one another by our own chemistry. We produce attachment hormones that create intimacy. We build neural bridges that bond us, brain to brain... heart to heart.
Those bonds, once formed, are not meant to be broken.


Conclusion

Our brains, our entire nervous systems, are designed for us to form deep, lasting bonds.
When those connections are broken... bad things can happen.
Season 2 - Episode 6
Broken
Intro
In a vacuum, radio waves travel at the same speed as all forms of electromagnetic radiation. That is, 299,792,458 meters per second. But human beings do not live in a vacuum. Wherever we are, we're surrounded by stimuli, both positive and negative.
When negative stimuli is perceived it travels from its source to its destination, the sensory cortex, at a mere 100 meters per second. But regardless of it's relatively slow speed, this unpleasant sensation registers as something we call... pain.
And as humans, we are conditioned to do anything and everything to avoid it.


Conclusion

The power of a radio signal depends on the magnitude of its electrical field in relation to the position of the observer. Mathematically, this power is expressed in millivolts per meter. But more often, the connection is simply described as strong or weak. For an observer in motion, the connection is always subject to change.
If the distance becomes too great, the connection will cease entirely.
Season 2 - Episode 7
Ghosts
Intro

An Arctic storm moving southward can suddenly crash into a tropical hurricane that's driving North, and when these collisions of weather systems occur, it causes the storm to explode. The sum total of the destructive energy is far greater than what any of them would have been had they remained on their own, creating what meteorologists sometimes call perfect conditions for a deadly storm. A perfect storm.
In humans, a fear response happens in less that 40 milliseconds. Immediately, a massive shot of adrenaline makes our muscles tense up to fight, our heart rate increases so we can elude predators, we sweat so we don't overheat, pupils dilate so we can see in the dark.
Despite the fact that each of us reacts to fear in the same way, neuroscience still has found no way to quantify fear itself. But sometimes, what brings us together are those things we're all afraid of.


Conclusion

Fear, base, raw, mortal fear, is the dividing line in our species. And no matter how hard we struggle to define it, it can't be quantified. But it's one of the only constant units of measure, one of the few things that makes us who we are.
The only uniquely human force with enough power to overcome fear... is love.
Season 2 - Episode 8
Reunions
Intro

Bodies at rest stay at rest, and bodies in motion stay in motion, unless acted on by an outside force.
People, like objects, become set in their paths, embedded in a constrained reality. As we travel our path, the possible futures, which were once infinite, collapse down to one. One outcome, unchangeable, escapable.
We're each on a path, and sometimes those paths become entwined, pulled into each other's orbits, and collide.


Conclusion

We each have a path. Some are forced apart, but flow back together, their synchronicity inescapable.
Some paths touch only briefly, and glance off in different directions, forever changed by the meeting. Some loop back again and again, across time and space... always finding each other.
Once we're on our path, there are limited chances to deviate, small moments when some other force comes into play, and knocks you off your trajectory.
What could be powerful enough to change your path, change your future? An act of nature. An act of love.
Once this deviation happens, you find yourself on a new path, uncharted, unknown... and stretching out ahead of you.
Season 2 - Episode 9
Clockwork
Intro

Physicists will tell you that time does not exist, that it is a human construct used to organize experience and catalog existence, so we can quantify it, confirm it, remember it. Einstein did not believe in time. He believed in timelessness; that all of time existed at once: past, present, future. He did not acknowledge the concept of "now."
All moments are equally real and equally accessible, if we know how.


Conclusion

Einstein believed in timelessness; he believed that all of time exists at once: past, present, future. Everyone we ever knew and everything we'll ever be, is with us in this moment.
If this is true, then all moments are equally real and accessible to us. We just have to know how.
Season 2 - Episode 10
Two Of A Kind
Intro

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Conclusion

We are the authors of our own destinies, the pioneers of our lives.
And yet, our world is made of patterns.
Eternal truths that appear and repeat, over and over, across the millennia.
For it's only by standing on the shoulders of the past that we can truly gaze into the future.
Season 2 - Episode 11
Accused
Intro

I am one of 36 people responsible for maintaining balance in the world.
There are dangerous people trying to prevent that from happening.
They are getting close... but so am I.


Conclusion

My father has sacrificed everything to keep me safe and to help me find the other special people like me before it's too late.
I may be running out of time.
Season 2 - Episode 12
Fight Or Flight
Intro

There are few things in the world more frightening than the future stretching out ahead of you, unknowable and unseen.
But sometimes the most frightening future is the one you do know. The fate you see coming... and can't escape.


Conclusion

There's nothing more terrifying than the future. And nothing more inevitable.
There are some futures so devastating, you can't imagine surviving them.
So you fight and you run. But no matter how far you run, or how hard you fight, the future catches up.
Fate catches up.
Season 2 - Episode 13
Leviathan
Finale

There are infinite ways to communicate. Some better than others.

Signals, signs, patterns, mathematical in design. All around us. You just have to know how to see them. How we read these subtle cues, determines the course of our lives. Language is considered the ultimate form of communication, designed to optimize our connection to each other.

Today, the average person will say 2,520 words to 7.4 other individuals. Yet change the language, one border to the next, and we are hopeless. Stumbling to explain the simplest of concepts: "I want." "I am." "I love."

My name is Jake. I was born on October 26, 2000. I've been alive for 11 years, 9 months and 12 days. And in all that time, I've only said a few words. But I'm getting the hang of it now. And there's a lot more I have to say.