Television’s new ‘Carl Sagan’

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    BILL FLETCHER JR.

    (NNPA)—As someone who was a fan of the original Cosmos series, hosted by the late Dr. Carl Sagan, I was excited to see what Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson would do with the concept.  If you never watched Sagan’s PBS series in the 1980s, it was an introduction to the universe.  It was an attempt — successful I might add — to make science not only interesting by accessible.

    Tyson, an African American scientist who has become a familiar face to many, is a worthy heir to Sagan.

    Working with the former executive producer of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Brannon Braga, Tyson tackles some of the most important issues of science — and life — such as the age of the universe and planet Earth, but also the struggles that have taken place throughout history against ignorance, prejudice and superstition.

    He and the series are very respectful of different religious views and introduce a broader sense of the history of science than we normally receive.

    By way of example, early in the series he acknowledges the immense contributions to science made in the Muslim world, a fact that is often dismissed by those who wish to suggest that the Muslim world has offered little.

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