Staff WriterCosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey! Paul Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan, who will be writing and directing the new Cosmos show, had this to say in an interview with Mother Nature News: The new Cosmos is about opening the door to the widest possible audience, to entertain them, to uplift them, to make them feel the great, the awesome power of the scientific perspective. When Carl Sagan was alive, we weren't trying to preach the converted. We wanted to evoke in people, who might have even had hostility to science, a sense of wonder. This new version of the original series comes right after famous child educator Bill Nye made a very publicized trip to Kentucky’s Creation Museum to have a debate with the museum’s founder, Ken Ham, on whether or not the history of creation is a variable model for explaining human origins. Then there’s Tyson, who uses his Twitter account to debunk these sins against astronomy. Tyson told the Huffington Post that: As an educator, I try to get people to be fundamentally curious and to question ideas that they might have [been] or that are shared by others. In that state of mind, they have earned a kind of inoculation against the fuzzy thinking of these weird ideas floating around out there. So rather than correct the weird ideas, I would rather them to know how to think in the first place. Then they can correct the weird idea themselves. I don't just tell them no. That's pontifical. In regards to the show discussing politics, Tyson said: We tell the stories of scientists in different cultures and different eras whose life work was fought against by the culture or the governments that controlled their lives or by social mores that interfered with their exploration of the truth. Some gave their lives for having found truth and in that world you learn that there are science martyrs. They're people who cared more about the truth than their own relationship to their homeland. There are 13 original episodes, which held the record for most-watched show in PBS history for over 10 years, that will re-air this weekend. The National Geographic Channel will also run a marathon from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday, March 8, and from 12pm to 7pm on Sunday. That will give all of you who are truly devoted more than enough time to get comfortable, just before the new show airs at 9pm on Sunday March 9.
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