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Where’s the ‘Cosmos’ of ideas? We turned to Michael Bérubé for an answer

The new ‘Cosmos’ has some of the best celestial animation ever broadcast — that scene last week with the ‘ship of the imagination’ struggling as it fell into the ‘event horizon’ of a black hole was on a par with the best stuff you see at the movie theater. But…

Why isn’t there a Neil deGrasse Tyson for the humanities? We blame Camille Paglia

Last week, Adam Weinstein asked on Gawker: Where Is the Humanities’ Neil deGrasse Tyson? Coming on the heels of Nick Kristof’s badly-framed and much-derided call for professors to speak more broadly and openly to nonacademic audiences (as if we don’t already do that, every chance we get), Weinstein’s question was…

Neil deGrasse Tyson trolls creationists on ‘Cosmos’ with puny size of biblical universe

Neil deGrasse Tyson toyed with creationist beliefs Sunday night on the latest episode of Cosmos. The astrophysicist explained during the episode, “Sky Full of Ghosts,” that the Crab Nebula disproved the Bible-based belief about the age of the universe. “The Crab Nebula is about 6,500 light years from Earth,” Tyson…

Creationists to Neil deGrasse Tyson: Evolution isn’t scientific, but the Book of Genesis is

Creationist Ray Comfort complained that Neil deGrasse Tyson had misrepresented the Bible. The astrophysicist and host of Fox’s “Cosmos” said recently that using the Bible as a scientific source was problematic, because no one had ever scientifically proven a theory based on scripture. Comfort said last week on his online…

Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Laurence Fishburne about the science flub in ‘The Matrix’

That disturbance you might have felt Sunday in the fabric of spacetime happened when Neil deGrasse Tyson, in New Mexico filming episodes of Cosmos, spent some time talking with Laurence Fishburne, who happened to be nearby filming an indie sci-fi thriller, The Signal. The two geek icons talked for Neil’s…

Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Really Starting To Scare Conservatives

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:…

Astrophysics Should Threaten Fundies More Than Biology

It’s hard to believe it’s an accident, I’ll say that much. The Fox affiliate—not Fox News, but just Fox—in Oklahoma City cut out the last 15 seconds of the airing of the new version of Cosmos featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, which just happened to be when he mentioned that human…

Oklahoma Fox station removes evolution from ‘Cosmos’ by cutting only 15 seconds

In what appeared to be an editing error, a Fox affiliate in Oklahoma managed to remove the only mention of evolution from Sunday night’s Cosmos science documentary by cutting only 15 seconds from the broadcast. The much-anticipated reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary Cosmos premiered on Sunday with an overview of…

Creationist slams Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ for ‘blind faith’ in scientific theories

A creationist has reviewed the new “Cosmos” reboot, featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and it may come as no surprise that she wasn’t terribly impressed. “If the first segment is any indication, [“Cosmos”] will attempt to package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create…

Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Stephen Colbert that science ‘is true whether you believe in it or not’

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson addressed his recent comments on balancing scientific discourse Monday night on “The Colbert Report.” Host Stephen Colbert asked Tyson, who was promoting his new Fox documentary series, “Cosmos,” why he believed that opposing viewpoints were not necessary in every scientific debate. “That would be a waste…

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