[Ctrl-P] Racel Edidin: Making Science Matter: Why Cosmos Is More Important Than Ever

NDGTCosmos was een dertiendelige tv-reeks uit de jaren 80 met in de hoofdrol, naast Carl Sagan, het universum met alles d’erop en d’eraan.

Dertien jaar later neemt Neil DeGrasse Tyson, ’s werelds liefste, grappigste, knuffelbaarste astro-beer en één van de meest wervelende wetenschapsvoorlichters van onze tijd, de draad weer op.

Tot het Amerikaanse Fox de series zal uitzenden, in het voorjaar van 2014, zullen wij ons nog even moeten vergapen op de trailer, die, ronduit spectaculair is. En als u ook vindt dat er een zwoesh teveel in zit, dan zet u het geluid gewoon een beetje stiller.

En terwijl u aftelt naar de lente van 2014, kan u misschien even het artikel lezen Racel Edidin: Making Science Matter: Why Cosmos Is More Important Than Ever, dat op 25 juli 2013 verscheen in het online magazine Wired.

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Racel Edidin: Making Science Matter: Why Cosmos Is More Important Than Ever

We who hold science in high regard too often rail in frustration against a culture of scientific illiteracy and ignorance. This can result in drawing lines between us and them, and lead those on either side of that gulf to simply write off their “opponents” as elitist or ignorant. And that only deepens the divide, creating a vicious cycle where evidence and facts give way to opinions and judgement. In the end, science, and curiosity, are lost in the divide.

Since its groundbreaking original 13 episodes first aired in 1980, Cosmos has proposed an audacious alternative, an onus not to fear and scorn, but to generosity and inclusiveness. It placed on our shoulders the imperative to share not only the information we’ve acquired, but the passion and curiosity that spur us to discover and understand new things. It took the time to not only tell us that science matters, but to explain why it matters, while also placing it in context and framing it in a story.

As we face an all-out assault on science and the principles that inform it — a dogma-driven, results-focused culture of denial and institutionally reinforced ignorance, as we strip science curricula from schools and research funding from budgets — we need Cosmos more than ever. Carl Sagan’s Spaceship of the Imagination isn’t just a convenient metaphor. It’s an ark, whose trajectory has the potential to change the course of our culture, and, possibly, our future.

Cosmos’s power comes in large part from its creators’ belief in accessibility, and that the value of science education lies less in its capacity to inform than its potential to empower. At the Cosmos panel at San Diego Comic Con, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who will inherit Sagan’s place at the helm of the Spaceship of the Imagination in Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey  encouraged attendees to address him as “Neil” instead of “Dr. Tyson.”

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