September 27, 2005 | David F. Coppedge

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos Is Back

MSNBC News reported that Carl Sagan’s popular 13-part series Cosmos is returning to TV this week, digitally remastered and enhanced with new up-to-date animations.  The 1980 series, which began with its own Agnus Dei invocation “The cosmos is all that is, all that ever was, and all that ever will be,” went far beyond the study of stars and galaxies.  It preached a profoundly atheistic, evolutionary world view of the meaning of life, its origin and destiny, and even cosmopolitics.  Facing the camera in one episode, Sagan stated emphatically (after showing a case of microevolution), “Evolution is a fact, not a theory.  It really happened.”  Stick-figure animations made up for the fossil record by showing smooth transitions from single cell to man.  Religious people, especially Christians, were routinely portrayed in a negative light – except for the Hindus, who got surprisingly good press from the science popularizer who really knew how to put the b in “billions.”

Oh good.  Now we can all laugh again as Sagan shows people, cities, spaceships and everything in the zoo and tells us, with all seriousness, “These are some of the things hydrogen atoms do, given fifteen billion years of cosmic evolution.”  Maybe the series should be renamed Cosmics.

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