Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey - "Standing Up in the Milky Way" - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Cosmos is Here.
Yes he would, I told ya’ll to have faith in Neil.
"Science is not a subject you took in school. It’s life. We are wrapped by it, in it, with it." - Neil deGrasse Tyson
I had the pleasure of hanging out with my best friend, Jeremy, last night and today. He drove up from Texas and stayed with me Saturday night and just left a few minutes ago to head up to Michigan. We drank, talked about quasars, artificial intelligence, the universe, explored Purdue’s campus, and watched the new Cosmos (which was amazing). Man, I’ve missed that guy. Hopefully I won’t have to wait another 7 months before I get to see him again.
"For Neil Tyson, With all good wishes to a future astronomer" - Carl Sagan
This was one of our favorite moments from tonight’s episode. What did you love most about the new COSMOS?
Ann Druyan — the amazing lady who has co-written, produced and directed both the original (1980s) and today’s “Cosmos” series.
“We may be little but we don’t think small. It’s the courage of questions, of grasping our true circumstances, and not pretending we are at the center of it all, that is adulthood. That’s being a grownup. Nothing in the cosmos diminishes the profundity of life and love. This show is a celebration of life in the universe.”
The new “Cosmos” might be called the Large Hadron Collider of pop science: expensive, splashy and ambitious. After a series of special showings this week, including one at the White House, it will be shown in 170 countries and 45 languages, on Fox and on the National Geographic Channel — the largest global opening ever for a television series, according to Ann Druyan, Dr. Sagan’s widow and his collaborator on the original “Cosmos,” who is an executive producer and a writer and director of the new series.
I’m not going to pretend to be neutral here. I hope it succeeds and that everyone watches it, not just because I have known Ms. Druyan and admired Dr. Tyson for years, but because we all need a unifying dose of curiosity and wonder.
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” comes at a critical moment for a society that is increasingly fragmented.
If we are going to decide big issues, like eating genetically modified food, fracking for natural gas, responding to the prospect of drastic climate change, exploring space or engaging in ambitious science research, we are going to have to start from some common experience.
As Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the longtime senator from New York, once said, everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts. So where are we going to get them?
In science, as in other areas of our culture, there is no dearth of voices, but are we paying attention? In the new New Age, it’s all about which cable channels you watch or whom you follow on Twitter.
We could use a national conversation that is not about scandal or sports. If everybody watches the new “Cosmos,” we can talk about it the way we once argued about “The Sopranos” every Monday morning.