Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cosmos complaints

I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I am enjoying the new Cosmos, hosted by the amazing Neil deGrasse Tyson. I own Carl Sagan's original on DVD, and will undoubtedly have to purchase this updated series once it comes out. As great as it's been, there have been some complaints. And it should surprise absolutely no one that creationists are the ones doing all the complaining.

The gripe is that creationism is not being given equal time, and evolution and the big bang are being talked about as if they were fact. And you know what, there's a good reason that they are speaking about these theories in such a way... It's because they are facts!

Evolution and the big bang are theories that work. They are supported by evidence, whereas creationism is not. In fact, the big bang may have just received more evidence since researches may have just discovered the gravitational waves left over from the big bang. Something that Einstein had predicted would be present if it were true.

Yes, some news shows may like to present both sides of an issue. Maybe the topic is global warming or whether something a politician did should get them thrown out of office. But that's not how science works. Science looks at what works and what doesn't. If it doesn't work, it is discarded as a failed hypothesis. This is what happened with creationism. Cosmos is a science program that presents hard science. So that's what it is doing. It's not some cheap news show that manufactures controversy in order to get ratings. Creationism has been mentioned on the show though. But then it was quickly explained why that hypothesis fails, and what the evidence actually says.

So sorry creationists, you're out of luck. If you don't like that the show is telling the truth instead of parroting your ancient fable, flip the channel. Cosmos giving equal time to creationism and evolution, would be akin to giving equal time to the flat Earth hypothesis and spherical Earth theory. Doing so would be absurd, and grant a false hypothesis attention that it doesn't deserve.

Evolution happened... like it or not. It is as true as gravitational theory and germ theory. While some creationists may not be happy, the truth is that science works. And the truth is still the truth, whether they believe it or not.

-Brain Hulk

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