Blog: Why Cosmos Matters - 2014-03-08

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F0.png Why Cosmos Matters March 8, 2014, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

"Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works." – Carl Sagan

The new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, is airing tomorrow on Fox. I am waiting with baited breath, anticipating great things from its creators and its very intelligent host/narrator, Neil deGrasse Tyson. This show is receiving a great deal of buzz, and rightfully so. It is perhaps the most important "television event" in the last thirty years.

From the standpoint of critical thinking and rationality, the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage written and produced by Carl Sagan, is an epic of factual scientific information which packs more truth in just a few minutes of each show then entire seasons of other genres such as TV procedurals, situation comedies and "reality TV" dramas. If you are looking for how crimes are actually solved, you aren't going to find that on any of the flavors of CSI or Law & Order. The Big Bang Theory is about everything else but the Big Bang. I don't know if there is anything real in The Real World and if my wife was anything like the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the only place I'd be taking her to is divorce court. None of these shows, in the end, really matter.