Klinghoffer Reacts to “Cosmos” Episode 11

The 11th episode of Cosmos: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, aired on Sunday. Titled “The Immortals,” it was partly about the possibility of beings that live forever, with some talk about why civilizations perish, and some speculation about how life spreads from one planet to another.

Because of their growing concern that the show is becoming a cultural icon, the Discoveroids are revealing an increasingly intense hatred for it, and for Tyson. To demonstrate that, David Klinghoffer, the Discoveroids’ journalistic slasher and poo flinger, has posted two — yes, two — hate pieces about Sunday’s show. Neither is particularly noteworthy for its content or reasoning, but we’ll discuss them both, to show the thinking (so to speak) of the Discoveroids at this stage of the game.

Klinghoffer’s assault begins with The First Episode of Cosmos That I Wouldn’t Show My Kids. Wow — strong title! What was it that his children shouldn’t see? Nudity, pornography, violence? He says, with bold font added by us:

With past installments I had to pause now and then to point out to Ezra where host Neil deGrasse Tyson had stopped talking about science and switched to baiting Christianity. Last night’s episode, number 11 of 13, would make that procedure impractical and tiresome. Almost the whole thing is a screed — executed artfully as always, but a screed nonetheless.

A screed! That’s in contrast to the Discoveroids’ creationist blog, which little Ezra probably reads every day. Okay, what was so, ah … screedish about Episode 11? We’re told:

This is no longer an exploration of the cosmos. It’s startlingly heavy-handed indoctrination in an alternative secular religion, intended to displace any other faith-related notions in the minds of the program’s audience. That audience is clearly imagined as being young and impressionable.

It’s a heavy-handed indoctrination against “other faith-related notions” — like intelligent design. Tyson is an idiological brute! His show is so unlike Klinghoffer’s delightfully deft, sprightly, light-handed touch. As we’ve often reminded you, Klinghoffer’s work product — or as we put it, his creationist oeuvre — has previously linked Darwin to: Hitler, and communism, and Stalin, and the Columbine shootings, and Charles Manson, and Holocaust Museum shooter, James von Brunn, and the Ft. Hood Massacre, and Mao Tse-tung, and Dr. Josef Mengele. Nothing screedish about Klinghoffer’s work!

Well, what was the heavy-handed indoctrination in Tyson’s latest episode that was so offensive to children? Let’s read on:

Casey and I were talking about where, with two episodes left and having dropped the initial pretense of a program on science, the Reverend Dr. Tyson will go from here? I find that my own Ship of the Imagination offers no assistance in guessing.

“Casey and I” — BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There’s a phrase for the ages! Here’s the rest of it

Do you doubt, meanwhile, there are public-school teachers out there who are thinking: Hmm, nice, as soon that comes out on DVD I’m going to show it to my sciences classes every year!

Ah — now we see the problem. Klinghoffer is aghast at the notion of the Cosmos series being used as — gasp! — supplemental material in science classes. But … isn’t the use of supplemental material encouraged by the Discoveroids’ campaign to have states enact Academic Freedom bills? We’re always being told that it’s supposed to inspire “critical thinking.” This is so confusing!

Klinghoffer’s next post on the same topic is There’s No Question That Cosmos Is Coming to Public School Science Classrooms. It merely expands on his horror that the show will be used by science teachers in science classes. He begins like this:

Despite its increasingly undisguised axe-grinding, history-befogging, and faith-baiting excesses, there’s no question that the rebooted Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson will be turning up in classrooms as a “supplement” to science education. I mentioned this earlier today, but it is not simply a matter of my speculating. The Internet is abuzz with talk by teachers and others who are excited about the prospect.

He then supplies what he claims are copies a few posts by teachers at various social media sites to that effect, after which he says:

Many of these folks wrote before it became clear just how ideology-driven Cosmos really is. Maybe they’ve changed their minds. In any case, let me emphasize that I’m not here to condemn any teacher who uses the series in her class. It’s not easy getting kids or adults jazzed about science, and doing so is a laudable goal. But parents should probably take an active role in supplementing what their kids learn from a “supplement” like this.

Yes, that’s the answer. Parents should counter the horrid science stuff with good creationist material. What does Klinghoffer recommend to parents? Here’s what he suggests:

They could do so with some of our posts here pointing out the myths being floated in one episode of the series after another. When Dr. Tyson has concluded, I’ll try to put together an omnibus post gathering together links to all our commentary, for your convenience. There’s quite a lot of it.

Wow — Tyson must be terrified! He has awakened a sleeping giant. The Discoveroids are going to fight back — with The Truth.

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27 responses to “Klinghoffer Reacts to “Cosmos” Episode 11

  1. Our Curmudgeon asks

    isn’t the use of supplemental material encouraged by the Discoveroids’ campaign to have states enact Academic Freedom bills? We’re always being told that it’s supposed to encourage “critical thinking.” This is so confusing!

    That baffled me as well. Whatever happened to “teach the controversy” and “let the kids decide for themselves”?

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Klinghoffer!

  2. When Dr. Tyson has concluded, I’ll try to put together an omnibus post gathering together links to all our commentary, for your convenience.

    For the first time ever, I find myself eagerly awaiting a post by David Klinghoffer!

  3. Klinghoffer wrote

    Casey will have more to comment on in detail about last night’s Cosmos episode, so I won’t steal his thunder.

    Uh, maybe someone should point out to him that those constant, low rumbling sounds emanating from the Gerb aren’t thunder, but cerebral flatulence…

  4. >”… sounds emanating from the Gerb aren’t thunder, but cerebral flatulence…”

    It takes one to know one.

  5. Charles Deetz ;)

    So we have the scientists accused of committing religion, by a religious group pretending to be a science group. I’m so confused.

  6. So is Casey going to defend the bible as containing the One True Flood story? That would be an interesting move for the DI.

    Or maybe they oppose the idea that we could possibly use our intelligence and overcome the present crises of climate change and the other challenges facing us to eventually leave this planet and expand into the galaxy, before our sun destroys us. I thought that was a grand vision… does the DI object to those lofty thoughts? I can’t wait.

    There is no way the DI can argue against this show without doing so from a purely religious perspective.

  7. @Charles Deetz: Pops open an aspirin bottle.

  8. Charles Deetz ;)

    @Justin: Aspirin is trusting science, maybe we should pray instead? So confused.

  9. “baiting Christianity” is a good example of our narcissistic attachment to mysticism. Just add a little fantasy and the universe is suddenly all about us. Any information that challenges our fantasies will either causes us to lash out or cry victim. It reads like a Narcissistic Personality Disorder description.

  10. docbill1351

    It reads like a Narcissistic Personality Disorder description.

    True, coupled with Runt Syndrome. Line up all the Tooters and you’ll see that they were all the runts of the litter. A bunch of obnoxious little runts running around making runty noises.

  11. Rikki_Tikki_Taalik

    Not quite as Hand-Wavy as I would have liked, but I’ll take it.

    *insert victory dance here*

  12. Rikki_Tikki_Taalik

    Also, KlingFlinger must have taken my comment to heart and brought Das Gerb into play out of sympathy. What a swell guy.

  13. Evolution is the Devil’s favorite delusion. Repent or burn in Hell!

    yours in Christ,
    Jim Solouki

  14. creation science study, you name already links to your blog. I deleted the two additional links in your comment. Don’t post any more spam comments.

  15. I’ll be praying for you! I am just trying to spread the truth about Darwinism!

  16. I checked out his site. He uses a lot of exclamation points. Sort of like Santa is real! If you don’t believe in him you won’t get any presents! Be in bed before midnight! Only the real Santa Clausians will get presents!

  17. @Troy

    His review of the movie Labyrinth is a blast, though: the funniest thing I’ve read all week. Here’s a sample from early on:

    The film starts off with a teenage girl who is disobedient to her parents and does not follow the commandment that is about honoring thy parents. After being told to babysit her two year old brother, she utters a reference to witchcraft by commanding demons to take him away. Following the scene, we are treated to scenes of demons and a pro-evolution scene where an owl enters her room and turns into a man of evil powers played by David Bowie, who is well known for committing homosexual acts in real life. What an offense to God and Christians! But that is not where it ends.

    I love the “pro-evolution” bit. Darwin was always on about owls turning into David Bowie.

  18. I’m beginning to wonder if the site’s a spoof. Here’s another line from that movie review:

    Bowie’s character abducts the baby for his heathen pleasures, probably like atheists that would abduct babies for eating

  19. realthog says: “I’m beginning to wonder if the site’s a spoof.”

    A good example of Poe’s law: Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is utterly impossible to parody a Creationist in such a way that someone won’t mistake for the genuine article.

  20. Charles Deetz ;)

    realthog, I clicked on a random post, and first thing up is commenters asking if it is satire. Its a real-life Poe blog.

  21. Hi there Curmie! I’ve been lurking for a while with no time to comment because I’ve been slaving away as a first year science teacher–no time for fun!

    I’m afraid Klingflinger might swoon when I say that I’ve already used lots of Cosmos in my science classroom. I teach high school physical and environmental science and I’ve found stuff in most episodes to show my kids. I wish I were teaching biology this semester, and sadly, I’d already done a lot with my environmental science class on evolution I couldn’t show the whole second episode. I think most of my students actually love it. Nearly all of my students are African-American and I’m so excited to let them see a person of color talking science.

    I’ve also used some of Your Inner Fish and again, wish I could use more. I’ve recommended that to lots of biology teachers.

    Take care and I’ll go back to lurking now (but graduation is next Friday and I’ll be back for a bit).

  22. Klingypoo: “…heavy-handed indoctrination in an alternative secular religion…”

    Well, what is it, Klingy? Is it secular, or is it religion? The terms are mutually exclusive; an oxymoron. A parallel would by saying someone is piously atheistic, ferociously peaceful, beautifully ugly, Klinghofferly clever… well, you get the idea.

    On other matters — after looking over some posts on the creation science study blog, I cast my vote for poe. Either that, or it’s ghost-written by Paul Broun.

  23. @Lynn Wilhelm: Good to see you posting again! (We were writing it the same time.) And welcome to the great fraternity/sorority of science teachers! Hope you get a chance to tell us how your first year went; perhaps on one of Curmy’s “Free-Fire Zones”.

    Some other video resources worth checking out — the entire 13-episode Life on Earth series by David Attenborough. Your local library should have it or be able to get it for you. It originally aired on BBC in 1979 or 1980 (I think), so many discoveries have been made since then, but it is still an excellent exposition of evolution — without being “preachy” about it. The footage of Attenborough among a family of gorillas in Africa is classic.

  24. @realthog, thanks I missed the review. My girlfriend would have been in elementary school when Labyrinth came out, found the “Bowie bulge” scandalously delicious at the time.
    It occurred to me that it might be a parody web site as well. As Curm points out, it is hard to say since all creationist babble tends to evoke either disgust or jocularity. Though I sometimes wonder if the Creationist producers might be smarter than they seem. There are fools with money and fleecing them is an easy (financially) lucrative job.

  25. Lynn Wilhelm says: “I’ve been lurking for a while with no time to comment because I’ve been slaving away as a first year science teacher–no time for fun!”

    Your excuse is accepted, but you’ve been missed.

  26. Holding the Line In Florida

    Hey Lynn, welcome aboard the Science Wagon Train! Only two more days down here in FL before freedom for the summer. Nova’s Australia: the 1st 4 Billion Years is another great series you can use. Great use of the geological evidence to show the progression of earth’s history both biological and geological.

  27. Slightly off-topic, but Casey Luskin posted his review of episode 11 a couple of days ago. http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/05/panspermia_envi085801.html