i've been watching the original series all weekend on PBS. tonight the epic return featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson, on Fox and NatGeo! yes, SCIENCE bitches!! set your DVR's!!
Nappy, something this big, I have to believe that some European network either has picked it up or is going to. I'm sure you're already scanning the internet for such venues, and I wish you luck!
Napoleon, you may be in luck. According to this article it will be showing in Europe as well. I hope it works out for you.
Obama has recorded a special video introduction to the series, which bows Sunday at 9 p.m. on Fox and nine other Fox Networks Group outlets. The 13-episode skein will also air nearly simultaneously on dozens of Fox and National Geographic TV-branded channels across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
The original Cosmos aired in 1980, which was WAY before my time, but I am curious about this updated series. So, I'll be sure to check it out at 9:00, after I finish watching the Spring premiere of Once Upon a Time, that is.
Good stuff ... acknowledgement of Carl and his pioneering work. Basic layout of the playing field, both in space and time, to give the viewer an idea of the scope of what this program is dealing with. A bit of history with Giordano Bruno, too, which I liked.
Now ... where does Neil take it from here? [grin!]
I liked the story of Bruno as well. Was he mentioned in the original series? I don't recall ever hearing his name before until tonight. I've heard all about Copernicus and Galileo, but Bruno seems to have been left out of any past discussions that I've heard.
I'm excited about the upcoming episodes. The Cosmos narrative is such a great story, and Neil has proven that he can take that material and make it a riveting and profound experience once again.
Cosmos is ultimately about science, but there is no denying that religion, for many people, plays a big role in how we accept the reality of our existence. With that in mind, I was thinking that now is the perfect time for this program to air, considering :
1) we just had a major public debate about evolution,
2) Ken Ham wants to build an ark.
3) civil rights and equality are being hotly contested daily against religious dogma, with religion increasingly on the judicial losing side.
4) the Millennials, who are the most nonreligious group, are coming of age in tandem with an updated and current Cosmos. For them, I'm guessing that it's probably like the difference between mp3 music and a cassette tape. Hopefully the 2014 Cosmos will have as much impact on them as the 1980 Cosmos had 34 years ago.
If Bruno was mentioned in the original series, I don't remember it. I see Bruno's inclusion as very important, though. His vision of the angel with the arrow was both simple and compelling ... and I can imagine how it drove the RC clerics positively NUTZ - a good thing, I think!
I also very much liked how Tyson outlined some of the principles of science, particularly, "Question EVERYTHING." Makes Ken Ham look even more like the fool that he is.
I think we're in for a fun ride.
Right on cue, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League fulminates against Cosmos's "smear" of Catholicism:
The ignorance is appalling. “The Catholic Church as an institution had almost nothing to do with [the Inquisition],” [...]
As for Bruno, he was a renegade monk who dabbled in astronomy; he was not a scientist. There is much dispute about what really happened to him. [...] he got into trouble not for his “scientific” views, but because of his “heretical theology involving the existence of an infinite number of worlds—a work based entirely on imagination and speculation.”
Hmmmm.... There is "much dispute" about what really happened to a certain guy from Nazareth some 2000 years ago. And "a work based entirely on imagination and speculation" could aptly describe quite a few religions (perhaps... all of them).
Donohue is nothing more than the designated cry-baby for the catholic church. I would have loved to hear any attempt at rebuttal he might have made when Christopher Hitchens tore it a new one at the Intelligence Squared debate!
You'd think by now he'd come to grips with the fact that he represents one badly flawed organization.
He is just repeating what is in The Catholic Encyclopedia.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an agnostic, or non religious person. States that he is not an atheist. It would make him unemployable on fox to be an atheist.
Am watching right now........I could listen to Dr. Tyson describe paint drying!
It's amazing how much advancement the scientific world has made in 400 or so years, but that damn catholic church is still trying to say gawd did it.
I like the graphics & how they help with the explanations, as well as feeling we're all just part of the particles.
Thanks again Loren for getting me off the PBS guide!