Creationist groups have not been happy with Cosmos host and astrophysicist Neil degrasse Tyson, the show airing on Fox and National Geographic channels due to his frequent pieces that focus on evolution.
Salon reported that Sunday’s episode “The Electric Boy” was about scientist Michael Faraday. Faraday’s study of electricity led to some of the biggest discoveries and inventions in history, ranging from the electric motor to the discovery of electromagnetic waves that surround just about everything.
Tyson explained Faraday’s discoveries helped to explain how birds navigate the globe using the earth’s electromagnetic waves, and that their brains are evolutionarily wired to do that.
Elizabeth Mitchell, writing for Answers in Genesis (AIG), a young earth creationist group wrote, “Evolutionists assume our existence and the existence of birds must have an evolutionary explanation. Yet molecules-to-man evolution — depending as it does on both the spontaneous emergence of life from non-living elements and the evolution of organisms into new, more complex ones — demands that we believe things that violate the laws of nature (e.g., law of biogenesis).”
As previously reported in The Inquisitr, Tyson has drawn criticism from AIG in the past.
Danny Faulkner, a member of AIG, appeared on The Janet Mefferd Show in April and demanded air time to declare their views.
“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.'”
Tyson gave an interview to CNN in March criticizing the media for “equal time. He said, “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.”
Tyson has also said, “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”
Cosmos is a reboot of the 1980’s PBS series hosted by Carl Sagan, whom Tyson met as a 17-year-old when Sagan was a professor at Cornell University.
He has said, “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.”
Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.
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