Creationist groups are not happy with “Cosmos”, the show currently airing on Fox hosted by astrophysicist Neil degrasse Tyson and have demanded air time to declare their views.
The show is a reboot of the 1980s PBS series hosted by Carl Sagan. The first show, which aired in March, Tyson talked about evolution and the Earth being billions of years old.
Danny Faulkner of Answers In Genesis voiced his his complaints and how the 13-episode series has described scientific theories but has failed to shed light on dissenting creationist viewpoints as reported in The Huffington Post.
Faulkner was on “The Janet Mefferd Show” and said “I was struck in the first episode where (Tyson) 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.’
Answers In Genesis (AIG) is a leading organization led by Ken Ham, founder of the Creationist Musuem in Kentucky. Ham recently debated Bill Nye “The Science Guy” at the museum about creationism versus evolution.
Tyson has said “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”
He gave an interview to CNN criticizing the media for “equal time” saying “I think the media has sort of come out of the ethos that I think was in principle a good one, but doesn’t really apply in science. The ethos was, whatever story you give, you have to give the opposing view, and then you can be viewed as balanced. You don’t talk about the spherical earth with NASA and then say let’s give equal time to the flat-earthers.”
During the first episode of “Cosmos”, Tyson talked about meeting Sagan as a 17-year old at Cornell University and how it influenced his life.
“At the end of the day, he drove me back to the bus station. The snow was falling harder. He wrote his phone number, his home phone number, on a scrap of paper. And he said ‘If the bus can’t get through, call me. Spend the night at my home, with my family.'”
“I already knew I wanted to become a scientist, but that afternoon I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to become. He reached out to me and to countless others. Inspiring so many of us to study, teach, and do science,” Tyson said.
He has been quoted as saying “The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there’s any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it all.”
Neil degrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.
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