March 18, 2014

'Some Of The Things That Molecules Do' Proves For The Nth Time That Science Is Sexy

The second episode in Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos which carries the title Some Of The Things That Molecules Do took the series to a whole new level with an all-out presentation on how the theory of evolution works. The pilot episode which aired more than a week ago was great but this one was a lot better. It's because Tyson took the first episode's sweeping space-based presentation to one that is more earth-centered. One that is more focused upon smaller details. One that addresses the biggest question of them all. Where did life on earth come from?

The first episode irked a lot of theists especially those who are bold enough to call themselves young earth creationists or YECs. Not surprisingly, their reaction to this recent episode is the same if not more dismissive. This is of course expected as evolution is a complete opposite of their beliefs. Their book says some intelligent designer spoke the universe to existence in just a span of six days. Evolution says the universe began billions of years ago.

There are mountains of evidence supporting the theory of evolution. Tyson states it simply in your face: "The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact." Such confidence is good for the science community. As one of the most recognizable faces of science, it's about time we get to see Tyson push the cause even further.

Science is unstoppable. To believe that someone up there just drew dust from the ground, blew air through its nostrils and life came out of it defies logic. Imagine if scientists believe in that and decide to stop right there and put an end to the pursuit of knowledge about the origins of life. All these burgeoning advances in medicine, technology, space exploration, etc. will cease. To put it simply, religion impedes progress.

This teeth-gritting and negativity coming from religious fronts is a sign Cosmos is doing its job. It's irking people, that's good. Hopefully, it serves as a catalyst to the opening of their minds. This is not to say that they will ultimately embrace the goodness that comes out of the scientific method. Beginning to question their beliefs which needless to say date back to times wherein people can be defined as uncivilized would be a good start.

Dan Arel, in his review of the latest episode of Cosmos for the Huffington Post says "Watching the Christian Right, and especially the creationist wing struggle to counter Cosmos each week is like watching a frightened, cornered animal that knows it is about to die. Grabbing at straws each and every week, blasting out social media links that are meant to reel their following back in as their eyes are opened to the greatness of the scientific method." Arel hits the nail hard here. If you are a freethinker, it's difficult to not agree with such a statement.

In conclusion, the two episodes (so far) of Cosmos are making this world a better place with the fact that it's opening the eyes of people to the wonders of science. There's a kid watching somewhere who is being inspired to become a scientist like Tyson. Who knows, he might soon become the founder of a cure for cancer. There's a religious fundamentalist somewhere in the U.S.A's bible belt who is forced to re-examine his beliefs of intelligent design. In a nutshell, Cosmos is reaching a lot of people. And it's opening their eyes, teaching them the scientific method, telling them that being wrong is okay as long as you exert efforts to find out why you were wrong in the first place.

Needless to say, we can't fu**ing wait for the third episode to drop. Neil DeGrasse Tyson may not have the poetry in his voice, the way Carl Sagan did when he hosted the original series which aired in the 1980's but he's putting his own spin into it which is nothing but a GREAT thing.

Just a few screen-grabs from the latest episode:

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