The final episode also suggested that science, in its own way, carries fewer risks for those who believe in it than religion does. ”It’s one of the things I love about science,” Tyson said. “We don’t have to pretend we have all the answers.”
“Cosmos” spent its last episode making clear that scientific thinking faces real threats in the political climate. “Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what’s really there,” Tyson told audiences.
But Druyan closed our conversation on an optimistic note.
“I think [science is] less under threat today than it was seven or eight years ago, when I felt there was much more of a kind of palpable public hostility to science,” she said. “I feel that less. In fact, I was really surprised and delighted that the negative reaction to ‘Cosmos’ has been so meek and so fringe.”
Salon published a terrific piece by Sarah Gray on the 5 most important takeaway messages from Cosmos: a space-time odyssey with Neil DeGrasse Tyson (article here). And they are right on point… as you would expect. These 5 points describe the status of science and science debate in the public sphere and I couldn’t have summarized them better. So I won’t. See article for more in-depth explanation on each point.
1) It’s okay to not know all of the answers:
2) Climate change is happening, and it’s man-made:
3) Evolution: How did we get here?
4) The danger of ignoring science, or following special-interest science
5) Discovery starts with an open mind and the scientific method
Ever get annoyed when someone on a cold day says, “so much for global warming…” I know that I do. Especially during the long long long winter in New York City this year. This video will help you in the future explain to these people why they are idiots. Thank you Neil deGrasse Tyson, again.