A skeptic might ask, “Couldn’t a more technologically advanced civilization develop new sources of fuel that require less mass?”
Perfect eclipses aren’t just eerie and beautiful. They’ve helped scientists test and discover things, and they are part of a larger pattern.
The stability of atoms, stars, and people depends on finely tuned physical laws and constants in the local universe. But are they fixed throughout space and time?
That’s the “new path” I’d recommended, as a counter to the prevailing pessimism of our culture.
Easier for slipping it into the public schools! It won’t alarm the parents nearly as much as an all-out siege on theism. Very clever, Dr. Tyson.