Are you planning on watching Cosmos tonight? We are, with relish. It’s actually become something of a standing joke around our offices — which historical personality with tenuous connections to science will host Neil deGrasse Tyson twist into a pretzel and offer as a scientific martyr to narrow-minded religious zealotry? The description for this evening’s episode, “Deeper Deeper Deeper Still,” sounds rich with possibility:
Science casts its Cloak of Visibility over everything, including Neil, himself, to see him as a man composed of his constituent atoms. The Ship of the Imagination takes us on an epic voyage to the bottom of a dewdrop to discover the exotic life forms and violent conflict that’s unfolding there. We return to the surface to encounter life’s ingenious strategies for sending its ancient message into the future.
Well, we shall see. Meanwhile, watch Stephen Meyer in an exceptionally lucid and fascinating conversation with John Ankerberg, discussing how cosmic fine tuning puts intelligent design in biology in its proper context. ID in the latter sense may be explicable as the work of a designing intelligence in our own universe, but that’s only if you don’t consider the former evidence, which demands a transcendent cause.
Will you hear about any of this from Dr. Tyson? No, that’s why you need us!