Neil deGrasse Tyson’s reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos has so far been a reliable source for a sweet, sweet dose of brain candy. Perhaps for the scientifically astute there are no new mind-blowing insights revealed here, but even so, I’ve found exquisite pleasure in seeing even familiar and well-understood scientific concepts illustrated with dazzling visuals to great effect, and Tyson’s enthusiasm for discovery and sense of joy and wonder are downright giddy-making. For instance, my own scientific knowledge pretty much starts and ends with a basic understanding of evolutionary biology, so Episode 2’s focus on evolutionary mechanisms covered no new ground for me. But the show was supremely enjoyable nonetheless, and all the more so by pondering the possibility that those who were previously unfamiliar with these concepts might experience the same WOW moments that I did upon discovering them. Episode 1 was equally compelling in demonstrating the sheer, awe-inspiring scale of the known universe.
Alas, it turns out that brain candy of the Cosmos flavor is only enjoyable to minimally reasoning brains. The barking loons at Answers in Genesis and Intelligent [sic] Designers over at the Discovery Institute are all having collective conniptions because science demolishes their kooky theory of humans being poofed into creation by Jeezus’s daddy out of mud or ribs or some such stupid thing. Apparently, facts about the world just don’t allow these particular apes to feel like Super Special Jeezusy Snowflakes, and this they will not abide. Only two episodes in, creationists are now whining and demanding equal time to present their inane views on a science show. Via Raw Story:
Creationists demand equal airtime on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ to provide ‘balance’
Creationists held a pity party for themselves Thursday because “Cosmos” isn’t being fair and balanced to their beliefs.
Hahaha. Awesome. Personally, I think the scientific community (including Tyson & Co.) is far too accommodating of religious bleatings, and should instead aggressively and derisively decimate this nonsense with everything they’ve got. But if they’re not going to do that, they should at least counter these narcissistic little shitheads with a deal to allow them equal time for science education during their church services and religious broadcasts. Let’s see how that goes over.
“Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all,” said Danny Falkner, of Answers In Genesis, which has previously complained about the show.
That’s because you are not, in fact, plausible at all, Danny!
Falkner appeared Thursday on “The Janet Mefford Show” to complain the Fox television series and its host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, had marginalized those with dissenting views on accepted scientific truths, reported Right Wing Watch.
I must say that in general I am not a fan of marginalizing those with dissenting views, provided those views have any merit. But since creationist views do not have any merit whatsoever (except of course as potential source material for mockery), it’s a goddamn moral imperative if not a solemn patriotic duty to marginalize the shit out of them. Like this:
“I was struck in the first episode where he talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion – it’s all on the table – and I thought to myself, ‘No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem,’” Falkner said.
Christ, what a dumbass. Special creation has been discussed ad nauseam for centuries, and it has long been dismissed on the merits—or in this case, the lack thereof. As Tyson told CNN, “You don’t talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let’s give equal time to the flat Earthers.”
Tonight’s Cosmos episode, “When Knowledge Conquered Fear,” will focus on human intelligence and the origin of scientific theory. Wonder what creationists will have to say about that?
I’m guessing, “Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!”