One person who was, predictably, not happy at all with the new Cosmos: Joseph Farah. He’s particularly bothered by the fact that the show said the earth and the universe are billions of years old when, of course, he knows that it’s only a few thousand years old because the Bible says so.
Admittedly the show is not designed to educate the public scientifically.
I love that line, especially the “admittedly.” Who is admitting that, Joe? You? You don’t get to admit things for other people. It doesn’t work that way.
As Tyson himself explains: “The goal is to convey why science matters to the person, to our society, to us as shepherds of this planet. It involves presenting science in ways that connect to you, so Cosmos can influence you not only intellectually but emotionally, with a celebration of wonder and awe. Science should be part of everybody’s life. The prerequisite is not that you become a scientist. It’s that at the end of the series, you will embrace science and recognize its role in who and what you are.”The show includes a “Cosmic Calendar,” which asserts the scientifically unprovable notion that the history of the universe spans 13.8 billion years.
It promotes the unscientific nonsense of climate change and neo-Darwinism.
Don’t you love it when profoundly ignorant people declare that scientific theories accepted by the overwhelming majority of scientists in the relevant fields are “unscientific nonsense”? This post is brought to you by the names Dunning and Kruger.