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Neil deGrasse Tyson and the New 'Cosmos'

Alexander Reed Kelly
Associate Editor
In December 2010, Alex was arrested for civil disobedience outside the White House alongside Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, healthcare activist Margaret Flowers and…
Alexander Reed Kelly

Almost 35 years after the original “Cosmos” ignited the imaginations of English-speaking audiences, Neil deGrasse Tyson, whom journalist Bill Moyers describes as “America’s most popular scientist,” has updated the series for a new generation.

Tyson spoke with Moyers on Friday about “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey” and the impact of the original show:

Why did ‘Cosmos’ not fade? It’s not because it brought you the latest science. Although it also did that. It’s because it displayed for you why science matters. Why science is an enterprise that should be cherished as an activity of the free human mind. Because it transforms who we are, how we live, and it gives us an understanding of our place in the universe. And it’s these states of mind that you carry with you for the rest of your life.

So in the new ‘Cosmos,’ that we are continuing this voyage. We’re continuing this epic exploration of our place in the universe. We have other stories to tell beyond the ones that went on back then. Yes, right now, we are steeped in the ignorance of dark matter and dark energy.

What else does the new “Cosmos” have to offer? Watch the segment below and find out.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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