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!!
it really was a remarkable hour of TV. did I learn anything new? not really, but the way it was presented was mesmerizing. I really liked how they used things that makes intuitive sense to laypeople, like dogs, to disarm fence sitters.
Fact is, most of us already knew a great deal of the material Neil presented on Sunday. Where I got my enjoyment is HOW he presented it, the use and deftness of language, and particularly that, while he never took a blatant shot at religion, there could be no doubt that religious belief and dogma were being addressed and disproved in clear, well-supported and utterly unambiguous fashion.
Neil was preaching to the choir with us ... but not hardly his entire audience. Whether he's going to change any minds or influence movement in the thinking of some, I don't know. Considering the quality of his presentation, though, I wouldn't bet against it!
last night was AMAZING. best science education program I've ever seen. and I've seen them all. I'd even say it was better than Mutant Planet. creationist heads are surely exploding all over the country.
You're right matthew. Creationist heads are exploding. From Ken "Neck Bone" Ham's group 'Answers in Genesis', we have the statement from these anti-intellectual, ignorance promoting, science deniers that Cosmos promotes blind faith in evolution. Let the stupidity be shouted from the mountain tops.
"Blind faith"?!? I wonder if any of those schmucks have the slightest idea of the mountains of fossil and other evidence which supports evolution? That doesn't even mention the multidisciplinary support it has from fields as diverse as physics, geology, anthropology and genetics.
The fact is that creationists are getting their collective asses kicked ... and they KNOW it. Sadly, the only way they know how to react is to make specious claims to the contrary. Eventually, said response will result in laughter so loud that they may eventually learn to keep their mouths shut.
Whoa! Creationists evolving!
We've been watching it as a family, and it's GREAT! :)
Creationists are watching it as a family as well........a dysfunctional family!
I HOPE they're watching it FA! If they are, I'm sure most are making excuse to their kids about how what he's saying is not true because the buybull says differently!
They can make excuses all they want, Mindy ... but my suspicion is that eventually, the bible's lack of supporting evidence will run up against science's utter dedication to evidence, as well as rationality and logic, and the bible will come up wanting.
Not a fast or easy or even guaranteed process ... but I'd be willing to bet it's happening in places.
I hope it happens within my kids' lifetimes!
"Creationism's days are numbered; Cosmos frightens them more than anything has in a very long time. Everyday their numbers get smaller and smaller and their grasp on America becomes weaker and weaker."