Skip to comments.Rebooting 'Cosmos': Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why Iconic TV Series Returns in 2014
Posted on 01/13/2014 10:37:29 AM PST by 12th_Monkey
Rebooting Carl Sagan's seminal "Cosmos" miniseries three decades later is almost impossible unless you happen to be renowned astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson.
For those who may have missed the original back in 1980, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" was a documentary series on PBS that explored the universe as well as the history of scientific discovery. Sagan's topics of discussion ranged from Japanese folklore to debunking astrology to the ultimate fate of the stars and galaxies that surround us.
Now Tyson is hosting a new version of the TV series called "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey," with the first episode airing in March on Fox and the National Geographic Channel.
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Oh, crap. I heard they were redoing it. But Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an arrogant, hateful, bigoted know-nothing.
Maybe they should try to find out what Carl Sagan found out about his “There is no God” statement when he reached the Pearly Gates. What’s that old saw?
Sagan: There is no God.
God: There is no Sagan.
Billions and billions and billions and billions...
Like there's a lot of competition.
Really? I’ve heard him a couple of different times on science programs and never got that impression.
IMHO, I thought he does a good job relating science to folks that know little about the subject.
I think thats the general thought of most hardcore science people. And thats their choice and right, so I got no problem with it. I just ignore it and wait for the science.
I used to make my parents laugh imitating that.
Maybe he was channeling something from the future and dropped a byte or two. Billions and billions and billions and billions of DEBT...
LOL, yeah...I remember.
I though it sucked. There is to much that is unknown to make the positive statements that he made.
I'm happy to see that I'm not the only who can't stand that smarmy bastid.
Now were up to trillions and trillions and trillions of DEBT!
It was cutting edge stuff back in the day and shows about science weren’t commonplace.
I completely disagree with “it sucked”, but to each his/her own.
looking forward to it’s reboot.
Agreed. I used to rent the series on VHS, plug it into a cassette recorder, and play the tapes during road trips. It was quite soothing to listen to.
But, yeah. It really does need updating.
What he said on the subject:
The moment when someone attaches you to a philosophy or a movement, then they assign all the baggage, and all the rest of the philosophy that goes with it, to you. And when you want to have a conversation, they will assert that they already know everything important that there is to know about you because of that association. And thats not the way to have a conversation.
Bwahahahahaha ... faint praise? or feint praise?
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an arrogant, hateful, bigoted know-nothing.
His arrogance is extraordinary.
This conference was held in Nov. 2006.
Beyond Belief: Science, Reason, Religion & Survival
Date: November 5, 2006
Run Time: 1 hours 48 minutes
Speakers: Roger Bingham, Steven Weinberg, Lawrence Krauss, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer
Clash of Cultures,
Neil deGrasse Tyson; Discussion: Tyson, Weinberg, Krauss, Harris, Shermer
November 5, 2006
There are 10 sessions in total.
This is the “top scientists” and others in their own element, bashing religion for fun.
It’s a glimpse into the thinking of these folks and how they hope to undermine and change the minds of religious people etc..
I got the Cosmos soundtrack on vinyl.
hard to find a science program that doesn’t do that to some degree or less. I’m not a christian, but I still dismiss the spew and watch for the science content.
I liked it too, but I have a feeling they insert some politically correct “science” into the new version, although Sagan did that too. I’ll bet they will talk about how “fragile” the earth’s climate is or some similar nonsense.
What I find interesting is why the “scientists” find it necessary to get political.
If you take the time to watch the entire conference, it is an extraordinary display of arrogance.
Oh you can bet on it, and because you know it going in, you can promptly dismiss what you don’t believe.
Science can no more empirically disprove the existence of God than to prove him. Let them spew
It was a great series then and I think it’s still available on netflix streaming.
Sure, it’s expected, so dismiss it. Does it shake your faith? If not, let them spew.
As far as arrogance goes, this is nothing new for the “highly educated”, seen it so much that it doesn’t bother me.
Bill-yuns an’ billyuns.
I saw that show billions and billions and billions of days ago, it seems.
Didn’t think of that, I’ll have to look. On a show thats so dated, its fun to compare the best theories then to what is now known as fact and then compared against the new cutting edge theories.
It doesn’t shake my faith.
I’m a hopeless cynic.
But, we live in a culture that can be intellectually lazy and easily influenced by peer pressure and ridicule.
If you watch session 2, you may get a sense of an agenda, a political agenda among “our leading scientists”.
The entire series is full of this.
It could just as easily be interpreted as Mormon, Christian or Scientologist. Which is the point.
To be fair, I don’t think Tyson is particularly bigoted, hateful, or a know nothing. He’s a smart man, and can communicate his ideas in a very accessible way.
He does come across as a bit arrogant, yes.
His biggest failing is that he sucks all the air out of the room when he is part of a panel. Just a blabbermouth. An entertaining one, but it does short-change everybody else on the panel. I’ve seen it several times.
But he’s usually the draw so promoters seem to let it slide. Just look at any panel discussion he is on and he runs out in front of everybody else, hitting his laugh lines, and entertaining the crowd.
I have a feeling he’s an engaging person, but one that just talks too much.
The over under is in show 5 he starts talking “global change caused by humans.”
I pick the under.
I am not looking forward to it. They will have the obligatory “we’re destroying the earth” message in each episode. I enjoy documentaries like that and I’ve watched some on Netflix. but geesh, every single one has to throw out global warming and guilt trip. One was particularly hilarious was a documentary on the sun showing how we know little about it and how it controls all aspects of life on earth BUT of course the most destructive force in the solar system is global warming caused by humans. Go figure.
My college astronomy professor was Carl Sagan and he rarely spoke of religion, although he worshiped quite frequently at the altar of young pu$$y. THAT was his primary goal, to be sure.
I know all this coming in and I dismiss it. they can darwin this and darwin that, big bang the universe and whatever else. Don’t mean a thing to me.
But I 100% agree with you on this:
“But, we live in a culture that can be intellectually lazy and easily influenced by peer pressure and ridicule.”
I call it our distracted, self centered culture.
OBTW...I am a lifelong member of the cynic club too. Nice to meet you
I re-watched it the other day and cringed at the leftist stuff I was too young to notice before..
The fact that he bears a passing resemblance to our POS Attorney General (and Oprah’s beard) doesn’t help matters either.
My cringe muscles are in good shape, so I’m up for it.
Over on Business Insider, I site I otherwise enjoy; they incessantly prop this guy. So much so, that I will never watch him.
Pleased to meet you,
Hope you guessed my name.
Seriously, it’s a huge time commitment to watch all 10 sessions of this conference, but it is very insightful.
Beyond Belief: Science, Reason, Religion & Survival
Sagan was a pot head.
Why would anyone trust anything he proposed is beyond me.
Tyson is arrogant, but, he knows his stuff. He also seems to be sober. I’ll take that.
Dr Sagan often took a shine to certain lab classes and would frequently meet with the 8-10 students of these labs at the local pub, The Palms. He could literally speak for hours and hours about everything space and time worthy. His accounting of ancient cultures and their incorporation of astronomy observation into their cultures was first rate. He’d go on for days about Babylonian culture and, as a pretty well read “secular” Jew (he grew up Orthodox in Brooklyn), knew how the Babyonian Captivity transformed the Hebrew religion is fundamental ways. He was mesmerizing in person, a lot less irritating than the man one observes on the boob toob.