Natalie Merchant: "We're watching what's happened in other states with the contamination of aquifers and the devastation of previously rural areas that are now highly industrialized. There's also quite a bit of contamination of the air that occurs with hydraulic fracturing."
Perhaps most interesting is that the special will feature interviews with Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Edgar Mitchell "in which they share their belief in the existence of UFOs from first hand experiences."
By better examining our thinking through a more scientific process and softening our internal and external response to failure, we are better able to continue our journeys in personal growth in order to advance ourselves, those around us and, hopefully and ideally, mankind.
How effortlessly millions of worthless human 'points' have spawned that are nothing more than signboards of hollow egotistic display. So, where is that social element of social media, again? Or did I miss something?
The message of Cosmos to people of faith is that divinity is a human exercise; that what makes us special isn't a book; that despite our ultimate insignificance, we can still understand the nature of the universe and our place in it; and that it is not a betrayal of faith to ask questions.
I've watched the new incarnation of Cosmos with a sharp eye, for several reasons. When I was young, I was one of those who knew Carl Sagan, and I was materially influenced in my career path by him. I am very impressed with the job that the new Cosmos team has done.
Words fail at such a moment, as when sitting alone in a cathedral, awed by its commanding silence. It reminds us that we are small and the universe is great. The vault of heaven, and its exploration, provokes not emptiness but wonder.
There are some things that are unworthy of equal time. Ken Ham's ideas are fine in the context of a Sunday morning homily, but they don't belong in science class. Nye, for all of his good intentions, invited creationism into his classroom.
I am dismayed by the request by Answers in Genesis for equal time in Cosmos for creationist viewpoints. Answers in Genesis is dedicated to a literal young-Earth creationism that declares that the Earth was created in six 24-hour days around 6,000 years ago.
We also seek to know what is meaningful about our encounters with each other, our world and even ourselves. Religion and religious traditions provide us with frameworks to respond meaningfully to the mysteries before us.
Cosmos is teaching at its best. Because it never feels like teaching. It feels like the greatest mystery story ever. The greatest action movie ever. The best drama series ever. The best comedy series too, probably. And when life is explained this well, it just cannot be beat.
Episode two of Cosmos, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson aired this week and Tyson, towards the end of the program made one of the best statements that one can hope sank into the minds of young and old viewers alike, and most importantly, creationists.