Oh look, another anti-religion echo-chamber thread for militant atheists to circle-jerk in. If any of you actually watched the show instead of just
spewing Degrasse Tyson memes on your favorite subreddit you would see that the show started out not about science, but by trashing religion in
particular the Catholic church. Nobody asked for that, the show Cosomos brought in religion ITSELF - and the funny part is they weren't even
Science Mag: 'Cosmos' Attack on Church gets
I don't have a problem with hard science, I don't have a problem with religion, I have a problem with propaganda and falsification. The people with
"closed minds" are those who can't even accept the fact that others think differently than them, aka most of the people in this thread -
surrounding themselves with some false air of superiority because they don't mind insulting those who believe in a deity.
The "equal time" demand is silly; but what little I've caught of this new series (hey, it's programmed against "True Detective" and "The
Walking Dead"), it did strike me that they were being deliberately provocative, with some spurious - that is, unnecessary - anti-religion detours.
I'm an agnostic, at best, but in the past, I have, as a matter of curiosity, looked into the role of both Islam and the Catholic church in
encouraging/supporting science and public education in the middle ages. Suffice it to say, the popular belief that the Catholic church spent the
Middle Ages trying to squash scientific thought and progress is about 180 degrees from the truth of the matter, and much of what everyone knows to be
true is wrong.
And it seems that Cosmos, for reasons known only to them, chose a relatively unknown character in Bruno, and proceeded to ignore the actual evidence
of his story, to relate their own version to strike against religion. Deliberately distorting (i.e. "lying") a historical event, to further a theme
you're pushing, doesn't sound very "science-y" to me ...
I'm no apologist for religion, though I prefer not to insult people who have religious beliefs - which seems to be "sport" for certain people.
And there's no doubt that many sins can be laid at the feet of certain religious organizations - which doesn't absolve the many non-religious
political organizations from their own sins throughout history.
Anyway, so far, I've been not terribly impressed with the series - Planet Earth, the original Cosmos, Through The Wormhole - all seem better, more
ground-breaking. And as an aside, can't say I find NDT a particularly compelling presenter - not that he's a poor presenter, just, well, expected
more - bring on Sir David Attenborough.