The Power of Wonder: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Cosmic Perspective

How often do you ever stop and wonder?

Cosmos host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson posed this very question to a crowd of nearly 3,500 yesterday afternoon at the SXSW Interactive keynote speech. With the highly anticipated series premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey finally here, Dr. Tyson is hopeful this groundbreaking series will continue the Cosmos legacy of making science accessible, putting the viewer at the center of the television experience by telling stories deeply rooted in our own personal connection to one another and the universe.

Because for Dr. Tyson, encouraging one’s curiosity to wonder why something is true, and how we came about that truth is more important than simply believing what we think we know. Tonight’s premiere marks one of the largest television rollouts in history, premiering globally in over 170 countries. Dr. Tyson hopes the series will make a lasting impact on audiences around the world, one that empowers people to think about science in ways they take ownership of, and become better shepherds of our civilization.

President Barack Obama shares in that hope, and will introduce the premiere episode tonight with a special video message inviting a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspire viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future.

Tune in to Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: Standing Up in the Milky Way tonight at 9P et/pt 


  1. James Scott
    March 9, 2014, 9:01 pm

    The Bruno thing was crap & gratuitous. Everyone knows Bruno was condemned by the Catholics, Calvinists and Lutherans for denying the Trinity & Deity of Christ. The Inquisition could give a rat’s behind about his views on other worlds. Fr. Stanly Jaki himself a Physicist as well as a Priest once quipped if the Copernicans at that time had read Bruno they would have called for his burning.

    His mystical Woo had about as much to do with Science as Depak Chopra has to do with Quantum Physics.

    I would like to see more Science less historical myth from this series.

  2. James Scott
    March 9, 2014, 9:23 pm


    If I may take further issue with your Bruno nonsense.

    Throughout the Middle Ages, well-read people believed that a “plurality of worlds” was impossible, following Aristotle’s arguments. In 1277, a council of bishops in France condemned this position, officially opening the way for many to take other worlds seriously.

    Giordano Bruno believed in a plurality of worlds and denied the Trinity and Deity of Christ and got his behind burned at the stake. But Nicholas of Cusa (fifteenth century), Johannes Kepler (sixteenth century), American Puritan divine Cotton Mather (seventeenth century), and Yale president/minister Timothy Dwight (eighteenth century) all believed in a Plurality of world with little or no trouble.

    Nicholas of Cusa(Priest and Cardinal) argued that “life, as it exists here on earth in the form of men, animals and plants, is to be found, let us suppose, in a higher form in the solar and stellar region.”

    So like I said enough of the Historical Myth. I hope the series gets better.

    PS. I was touched by the Part where Dr Tyson talks about meating Sagan in his youth. I’m not all about the complaints.

  3. Rich
    March 10, 2014, 12:15 am

    Did any one else watch this junk. Seriously, a computer animated animal that has never existed or proven to ever exist crawling out of the water. Everything evolutionists can not prove always gets hand drawn or computer animated.

  4. Tristram
    March 10, 2014, 1:03 am

    Okay. Is it me, or did this first episode really suck meteorites or what? Am I missing something?

    NdT – no offense, and I do like you. But I don’t really want to look at you standing around on a set that looks like a recycled LG Refrigerators booth from the 2006 Home Appliance Trade Show. As a narrator Neil, I’m sad to say you’re not the best choice.

    Now the imagery—seriously—seemed more like stock images from Getty or Comstock, than the spectacular, awe inspiring imagery we’ve come to expect from high caliber productions like Planet Earth. Shouldn’t we expect this from NatGeo, instead of mediocre stock space imagery and sophomoric CGI images?

    The music – cheesy. Akin to 70s porn music from current era. Hell, hire Tricky or Massive Attack or even FSOL to do a soundtrack.

    OMG, what is this illustration style for the animation segment? Bad anime? After 10 minutes of that, combined with everything else, I changed the channel.

    I was truly disappointed and really sort of embarrassed for NdT and Seth. What are they bringing to the equation that makes the production unique? I don’t get it.

    I felt as if I was watching something that the director felt wasn’t impressive enough in terms of content, so they had to put lipstick on the pig to hold a third-grader’s attention. And the director’s execution was cheesy.

    Art Bell should narrate.

  5. D Daniel Nix
    United states of america
    March 10, 2014, 11:30 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Scott. I could not have articulated your sentiment as my own, any more precise. As a Christian physicist, I thank you for saving me space/time in my comment.

  6. Dennis
    Atco, NJ
    March 11, 2014, 12:11 pm

    I was looking forward to this show, but it really sucks. Shame on NG plugging this crap.

  7. Scott
    March 14, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Horribly disappointing…
    Cheesy CGI, horrible dialogue, awful cartoon which I believe ran for 5 hours…., and worst of all NO SCIENCE.
    Could they have perhaps included a few actual nugets of information between the needless camera flares?

  8. Brad
    April 11, 2014, 11:57 pm

    Cartoon stuff sux. Neil’s voice grating. Carl Sagan had such a soothing voice.

  9. Jay
    May 13, 2014, 2:18 am

    it figures to see the christians ranting in here, that I expected.
    The crass commercialism of this new show sucks. 8 minutes of commercials is a total turn off over and above all the other points made above. I like Tyson, he does a good job. It’s the production and direction that suck big time.

    Why is this show not back on PBS? I cNt watch it thru all the commercials and the horrid melodramatic music and overall tone of the show. Yes, it sucks. Give it back to PBS, Seth. Your penance is done.