If you don’t remember the original Cosmos series, prepare to be informed. The first series, as reviewed when this website first began, was Carl Sagan demonstrating some of the universe’s most elegant truths, most profound beauties, and instilling in viewers what Tyson would eventually coin the cosmic perspective. The Sagan original ended in 1980, but FOX and Seth MacFarlane are starting it back up with a popular figure as the host: Neil deGrasse Tyson. This is the first trailer from the new series, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. (more…)
Religion, war, and economic return; these three facets of human society are apparently the biggest movers of our species. In this Big Think clip featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, the three motivations are applied to modern culture and the possible endeavor of colonizing Mars. Optimistically, Tyson thinks that religion is irrelevant, war unnecessary, and economic return the most realistic for our next potential martian mission. Could our journey to another planet really be so benign? (more…)
War has been so heavily woven into the human fabric that it almost seems impossible to imagine civilization without it. What about war in the space age? Astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson says war in space will probably remain inevitable, but the vast nature of the universe will give new reasons to the conflicts.
Observing our big blue planet rising above the horizon of what used to be a mystical lunar figure had an obvious and profound impact on culture, and that couldn’t be more apparent in Tyson’s argument. As soon as we started to think about Earth as a collective, interconnected system instead of a classroom globe with borders and labels, we actually started to work together for the benefit of the entire planet. (more…)
The STEM fields are projected to hold the hottest jobs of the future. That’s because science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are the “engines of problem-solving” as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says. In this interview with CNN, Tyson explains why this is so, and why it’s important to realize life isn’t a point a to b journey. (more…)