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“Cosmos: Possible Worlds”, 4-6: Screaming from the Bleachers — 5 Comments

  1. Thank you, Dr. Graney. Great reflection. I must be honest and say I’m not a big fan of Neil DeGrass Tyson, while still acknowledging his contributions to the discussions surrounding astronomy and cosmology. But I will cheer on any public effort to make the study of creation more accessible. Just wish our world had another Carl Sagan to make the new Cosmos series as amazing as the original. Just too biased.

  2. Professor Graney — Thanks again for supplying some corrective nuance to even this laudable effort at popular science. It seems clear that science as a culture can only benefit from the wealth of information and perspective contained in historical records, including those housed in the Vatican and other ecclesiastically directed or supported institutions. A richer, more comprehensive, accounting could go a long way toward correcting the kind of distorted or, at best, simplistic narrative that seeks to exalt science at the expense of a assumedly benighted and corrupt religious establishment.

    Joel Hopko

  3. I was watching this with my son (15y/o), and I kept feeling like something was Not Quite Right, but I do not have a good enough back round to explain it without coming across the wrong way.
    Nathaniel really enjoys Cosmos, and I am happy he does. “Trope”, that’s a good word/concept to remember. As Joel and Fr. Wilkinson above pointed out, while a simplistic presentation can get a general idea across, hopefully it “wets the appetite” of the viewer to go into more depth. Unfortunately, “trope” seems to come in appropriate “sound-bite” size for most internet viewers.
    Kudos for your report from the bleachers, it keeps the game honest! I may hold off on seeing the next episode of Cosmos, until your next post.

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