This is a guest post by Aaron Friel. He is a freshman at the University of Northern Iowa and member of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI).
The Discovery Channel is hosting a new program, Curiosity, that aims to provoke thought and discussion and ask the “fundamental questions facing the world today”. Their first episode (Sunday Aug. 7th, 8 p.m. ET/PT) will be a special with the eminent Stephen Hawking titled, “Is There a Creator?” Fantastic.
This sort of thing really inspires me, for a long time there’s been a dearth of good scientific programming on cable television. I grew up on Iowa Public Television and NOVA, and I’ve watched certain (not to be named) cable channels slide in ratings among my peers while appealing to a less skeptical audience. I shouldn’t need to mention the abundance of UFO-related television, but I’ve sort of given up on cable these days when channel-surfing has lead to me to the latest musings of pseudoscience “experts”.
So I cannot express with enough gratitude that someone held up as a credible source will say on cable, on the Discovery channel, that “God does not exist”. Bravo, Discovery.