Oh, hey. It’s Seth MacFarlane talking about science and his reboot of COSMOS starring Neil deGrasse Tyson!
At first glance, the man famous for infant sociopaths, drunk dogs, and obese blowhards with a penchant for hand-to-hand combat with chickens would be an odd choice to produce a remake of the greatest public science program in history. But Seth is serious about combating the “lethargy” he sees in our society in respect to education, interest in science, and basic logical thinking. He’s a smart dude, and he’s ready to use his influence to inspire a renewed interest in science.
We don’t know how people will respond, but I am encouraged. If this blog has taught me anything, it’s that science-loving people haven’t disappeared, it’s just that so many aren’t being engaged in a way that really excites them. Even more of them look around, see boring classes, dry textbooks and peers talking about godknowswhat and don’t realize that it’s damn well and fine to love this stuff.
I think this could help change that attitude. I’m ready for COSMOS. No word on whether Neil will be forced to wear a turtleneck, though.
I was too young to watch Cosmos but Carl Sagan is my hero. Back in high school I read his books, to the best of my ability at that time, and really wanted to be an aerospace and mechanical engineer. There are times when I wish I did stay on that path instead of getting my degree in another field. But now I’m getting back into science and engineering, and hopefully getting a degree that might steer me back into that area again.
BTW - Have I mentioned that this man is in my Top 10? He’s just moved up several positions because of this.