The wingnut panic over the show Cosmos is incredibly amusing to me. It’s understandable, because Neil deGrasse Tyson is really good at being clear and concise about science and he eviscerates right wing attempts to muddy the waters with precision. I particularly liked this quote from an interview on Inquiring Minds: “I claim that all those who think they can cherry-pick science simply don’t understand how science works,” because science, unlike theology or musical taste, isn’t a matter of just taking what you like and leaving the rest behind. What is interesting—and threatening—about Cosmos is it asserts interconnectedness of science. Evolution and the “big bang” theory are inseparable, and knowing how old and vast the universe is makes it much, much easier to understand how evolution works.
The Raw Story, http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/18/neil-degrasse-tyson-is-really-starting-to-scare-conservatives/, by Amanda Marcotte, March 18, 2014
Tyson doesn’t fool around. He tells it like it is. And he does so in plain language that’s hard to misunderstand. I was especially proud of him when he said plainly that evolution, like gravity, is a fact. It is, and people need to get used to it.
Watch Cosmos the next 11 Sunday evenings on Fox News Channel, Public Television, or National Geographic.