Neil deGrasse Tyson, the man often regarded as America’s foremost “rock star scientist” is gearing up to bring his love and passion for the study of reality to the public, in a 13 part, prime time television renewal of Carl Sagan’s classic science show “Cosmos.” And true to form, Tyson is rattling the cages of those still stuck in old ways of thinking in the process.
In a recent interview with Parade Magazine, the stalwart defender of science and reason expanded on both his dedication to bringing science and discovery to the public, as well as offering some personal inflections on what scientific and analytic thinking has meant to him throughout the course of his life.
Telling Parade’s Lynn Sherr about his experience living in lower Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks, Tyson recounts how his response, as he watched and recorded the second plane striking the south tower, shifted to one of both pragmatic safety on observance of his relative proximity to ground zero, as well as how in the context of the larger universe, such attacks and the wars which followed simply failed on all levels to live up to rational standards of thought or consideration.
Saying of himself and fellow scientists (and “especially astrophysicists”):
[box type=”shadow”]”We understand how small we are in the cosmos. We understand how fragile and temporary our existence is here on Earth. We understand there are bigger problems we need to solve as a species than what God you pray to.”[/box]
During the interview, which can be read in full here, Tyson expresses his unbridled love of science and the increased public enthusiasm for it, even extending consolation to those many who are still upset about the recent reclassification of Pluto. Tyson’s show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Oddessy” premieres March 9th on both Fox and the National Geographic Channel.