Today was the final episode of the second version of Cosmos.

I remember watching Cosmos in the living room of my grandparents when I was growing up. I remember Carl Sagan talking and being in awe of the off that is around us. I remember reading a children’s magazine called Odyssey and learning of the universe.

I remember the pale blue dot.

Pale Blue Dot – Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo.

I remember listening to Carl Sagan on that TV in my grandparents house listening with rapt fascination at what was going on. I remember getting the bug that is learning about everything around me.

I remember it well.

Fast forward to today… Science is… from the recent Cosmos with Neil DeGrass Tyson:

It was the work of generations of searchers who took five simple rules to heart.

  1. Question authority. No idea is true just because someone says so. Including me.
  2. Think for yourself. Question yourself.
  3. Don’t believe anything just because you want to. Believing something doesn’t make it so.
  4. Test ideas based on evidence gained from observation and experiment. If a favorite idea fails a well designed test it’s wrong get over it. Follow the evidence wherever it leads. If you have no evidence, reserve judgement.
  5. And perhaps the most important one of all: remember you could be wrong.

Science is a way to keep from fooling ourselves and each other.

I love science. I love being wrong. Being wrong means I get to learn something. Learning makes me better.

Science. It works, bitches.