Like Cosmos, I feel I’ve been away too long… Let’s try to stick around a bit more.
I just watched the first episode of Cosmos. I’m going to try to give my thoughts on this series each week.
In today’s climate where religion is feeling the heat from Science more than ever as the Internet educates more people each day. It was hard to look at today’s show as anything but a slap at religion and the anti-science crowd.
At the start, I found the beginning of the show too quick. The show really assumes that we know about the first show from many years ago. That we know about this spaceship that Neil zips around in. The details of what the show was are touched but ever so briefly. Maybe I give the age of the Internet too little credit, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more.
However, once you dive in and get used to the water, Cosmos takes off.
Neil (our host), gives you the cosmic perspective, as he likes to do, and shows our place in the universe and beyond. Once we get there, he hits religion in the face with the story of Giordano Bruno. Bruno was a monk who was burnt at the stake for a number of religious reason which partly included some ideas the universe and our part in it that happened to be true. Cosmos falls here a bit, because it focuses on Bruno being killed for Science and that was only part of the equation.
However, I think in this day and age the point is a fair one. We live in an age where Science and new ideas are openly challenged by religion. The debate with Bill Nye and Ken Ham shows that:
We know the stories of the Bible can not be taken at face value and yet religion can not change. It dare not or the house of cards will fall. People like Ken Ham are the thought police.
Cosmos then turns around and looks at our place again in cosmic time. The effects are great and again makes you understand how small you are.
Overall I liked the first show even with the few stumbles. I would liked to have seen more details about the science, but I’m sure that is saved for other shows. It’s a solid start.
What would Carl think about the world today? It’s hard to say. The gap between educated folks and those who still believe various dogmas has gotten wider. I wonder if that would have still happened if Carl was still around. I would think that it would likely to be so, still he seemed to have a gift with talking to the public and no one has fully filled his shoes….
Neil deGrasse Tyson comes close and he is doing a sequel to Carl’s ‘Cosmos’ series. Hopefully that will work out well.
The 12th BTW is Carl Sagan Day: