A NEW URGENCY FOR ‘COSMOS’: ANN DRUYAN’S POSSIBLE WORLDS IN ‘SKEPTICAL INQUIRER’


June 23, 2020

The third season of the landmark television series Cosmos is set to debut this fall, an ode to “the twin engines of skepticism and wonder” that comes not a moment too soon. The soul of Cosmos: Possible Worlds is cocreator, writer, and director Ann Druyan, who brings her wisdom and insight to the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer.

“I was moved by a greater sense of urgency,” says Druyan about the newest season of Cosmos, in a special interview with Skeptical Inquirer‘s Rob Palmer. “We seem to have taken a great leap backward” in our appreciation and acceptance of science, she says, adding, “I just wanted to inspire other people to work for the future that I think is worthy of our kids.”

Druyan, who created the original Cosmos with her late husband Carl Sagan, points to the botched response to the COVID-19 pandemic as an example of a rampant “contempt for science,” one that could be counteracted if the culture celebrated scientists and researchers more than “people who just shop all day long.”

There is hope, however. “The good news is that all of us are descended from generations, countless generations, of humans who had their backs to the wall and who managed to endure and to survive and even to flourish,” she says. “And that’s what we have to do. It’s our turn”

Also in this issue:

  • Leo Igwe reports on a campaign to fight the plague of witchcraft accusations over COVID-19 in Africa.
  • Benjamin Radford offers guidance on inoculating ourselves from social media misinformation about the coronavirus.
  • Joe Nickell and Kenny Biddle examine alleged photographic evidence of ghostly encounters.

And much more. Skeptical Inquirer is available in both print and digital subscriptions.

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at centerforinquiry.org.

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