New “Cosmos” Series: Reason To Live!

“Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey,” a 13-part series based on the original “Cosmos” programs from Carl Sagan and produced in conjunction with Fox and the National Geographic Channel, will premiere on Fox next March 9. The host will be astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. As a sickly intense fan of the original programs, I’m thrilled by this news. I am also happy to see that Seth MacFarlane (left), last year’s Oscar host, appeared yesterday at a Library of Science event with Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan (right), and called Sagan a “great popularizer of science” who is sorely missed today in a country that is divided over the politicization of science. “Somewhere between the 1990s and today, the acknowledgement of scientific achievement ceased in many parts of this country to be a source of pride,” MacFarlane said. “Long accepted scientific truths have been brought into question, by one side of the aisle, solely to generate passion that can be reshaped to suit various agendas.” The library event marked MacFarlane’s support and generosity that facilitated a major gift to the library of personal and professional materials of Sagan.

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