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Rebooting 'Cosmos': Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why Iconic TV Series Returns in 2014
Space.com ^ | January 13, 2014 | Marshall Honoroff

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Education; Science; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: astrology; carlsagan; cosmos; neildegrassetyson; ufo
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I watched Cosmos when I was younger and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to a new and improved Cosmos
1 posted on 01/13/2014 10:37:29 AM PST by 12th_Monkey
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To: 12th_Monkey

Oh, crap. I heard they were redoing it. But Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an arrogant, hateful, bigoted know-nothing.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 10:40:24 AM PST by dangus
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To: 12th_Monkey

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.


3 posted on 01/13/2014 10:41:27 AM PST by laweeks
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To: 12th_Monkey

Billions and billions and billions and billions...


4 posted on 01/13/2014 10:42:45 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: dangus; SunkenCiv

Like there's a lot of competition.

5 posted on 01/13/2014 10:43:10 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: dangus

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.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 10:44:03 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: laweeks

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.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 10:46:10 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: dangus
But Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an arrogant, hateful, bigoted know-nothing.
And an atheist like Carl Sagan, although Tyson doesn't have the guts to come out of the closet.
8 posted on 01/13/2014 10:48:15 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: 12th_Monkey


Billions and billions.
9 posted on 01/13/2014 10:48:18 AM PST by caveat emptor (!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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...


10 posted on 01/13/2014 10:48:41 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: caveat emptor

LOL, yeah...I remember.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 10:49:18 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

I though it sucked. There is to much that is unknown to make the positive statements that he made.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 10:50:34 AM PST by Little Bill
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To: dangus
But Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an arrogant, hateful, bigoted know-nothing.

I'm happy to see that I'm not the only who can't stand that smarmy bastid.

13 posted on 01/13/2014 10:54:36 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Now were up to trillions and trillions and trillions of DEBT!


14 posted on 01/13/2014 10:54:40 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Little Bill

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.


15 posted on 01/13/2014 10:54:50 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

true....


16 posted on 01/13/2014 10:56:00 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

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.


17 posted on 01/13/2014 11:01:49 AM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: oh8eleven

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 that’s not the way to have a conversation.”


18 posted on 01/13/2014 11:01:52 AM PST by Fuzz
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To: dangus

Bwahahahahaha ... faint praise? or feint praise?


19 posted on 01/13/2014 11:03:37 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: 12th_Monkey; dangus

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

http://thesciencenetwork.org/programs/beyond-belief-science-religion-reason-and-survival

Session 1

Date: November 5, 2006
Run Time: 1 hours 48 minutes
Speakers: Roger Bingham, Steven Weinberg, Lawrence Krauss, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer
Topics:

Cardinal Schonborn,
Catholicism,
Clash of Cultures,
Darwin,
Einstein,
Evolution,
Galileo,
God,
Intelligent Design,
Islam,
Morality,
Newton,
Richard Dawkins,
Two Cultures,
religion

Session 2

Neil deGrasse Tyson; Discussion: Tyson, Weinberg, Krauss, Harris, Shermer
November 5, 2006
Topics:

Astronomy,
Cosmology,
Darwin,
Evolution,
George Bush,
Intelligent Design,
Islam,
Newton,
Physics,
Ptolemy,
War,
religion,
science education

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..


20 posted on 01/13/2014 11:03:53 AM PST by Zeneta
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To: RandallFlagg

I got the Cosmos soundtrack on vinyl.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 11:06:22 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Fuzz
What he said on the subject
Yeah, the long way around to avoid saying - I'm an atheist.
22 posted on 01/13/2014 11:11:01 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Zeneta

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.


23 posted on 01/13/2014 11:11:11 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

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.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 11:11:59 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: 12th_Monkey

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.


25 posted on 01/13/2014 11:15:39 AM PST by Zeneta
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To: palmer

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


26 posted on 01/13/2014 11:15:45 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

It was a great series then and I think it’s still available on netflix streaming.


27 posted on 01/13/2014 11:20:15 AM PST by TomServo
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To: Zeneta

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.


28 posted on 01/13/2014 11:20:24 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: caveat emptor

Bill-yuns an’ billyuns.


29 posted on 01/13/2014 11:22:27 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

I saw that show billions and billions and billions of days ago, it seems.


30 posted on 01/13/2014 11:25:46 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: TomServo

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.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 11:26:01 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

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.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 11:26:06 AM PST by Zeneta
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To: oh8eleven

It could just as easily be interpreted as Mormon, Christian or Scientologist. Which is the point.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 11:28:06 AM PST by Fuzz
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To: dangus

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.


34 posted on 01/13/2014 11:28:15 AM PST by Ted Grant
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To: 12th_Monkey

The over under is in show 5 he starts talking “global change caused by humans.”

I pick the under.


35 posted on 01/13/2014 11:28:19 AM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: 12th_Monkey

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.


36 posted on 01/13/2014 11:29:15 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: oh8eleven
And an atheist like Carl Sagan, although Tyson doesn't have the guts to come out of the closet.

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.

37 posted on 01/13/2014 11:29:25 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
My college astronomy professor was Carl Sagan
Way cool. Have to admit, he was an interesting man and certainly knew the subject matter.
I'll bet the class was educational and quite entertaining.
38 posted on 01/13/2014 11:33:23 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Zeneta

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.


39 posted on 01/13/2014 11:34:11 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: Zeneta

OBTW...I am a lifelong member of the cynic club too. Nice to meet you


40 posted on 01/13/2014 11:35:22 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

I re-watched it the other day and cringed at the leftist stuff I was too young to notice before..


41 posted on 01/13/2014 11:35:40 AM PST by TomServo
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

The fact that he bears a passing resemblance to our POS Attorney General (and Oprah’s beard) doesn’t help matters either.


42 posted on 01/13/2014 11:36:15 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: TomServo

My cringe muscles are in good shape, so I’m up for it.


43 posted on 01/13/2014 11:38:48 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Over on Business Insider, I site I otherwise enjoy; they incessantly prop this guy. So much so, that I will never watch him.


44 posted on 01/13/2014 11:40:07 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: 12th_Monkey

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

http://thesciencenetwork.org/programs/beyond-belief-science-religion-reason-and-survival


45 posted on 01/13/2014 11:42:32 AM PST by Zeneta
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To: 12th_Monkey

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.


46 posted on 01/13/2014 11:44:27 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: 12th_Monkey
This always reminds me of the Carl Sagan thing. I wonder if Sagan saw this and was inspired by it.
47 posted on 01/13/2014 11:45:28 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: dangus
Is this part of 0'ButtPlug's Outreach to Muslims In Space Program..
think of the Muppet's Pigs in Space, which was humorous.
This program shall not be, very little science/astronomy..count on it

48 posted on 01/13/2014 11:46:06 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: oh8eleven

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.


49 posted on 01/13/2014 11:46:18 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Ted Grant
Blowhard

ˈblōˌhärd/

informal
noun
noun: blowhard; plural noun: blowhards; noun: blow-hard; plural noun: blow-hards
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    an engaging person, but one that just talks too much.

50 posted on 01/13/2014 11:46:23 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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