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Morgan Freeman Talks Science

By May 18, 2010

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One of the most impressive narrators out there is veteran actor Morgan Freeman, and he's lending his impressive talents to a new Science Channel program, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, which is slated to premiere on June 9 at 10:00 pm Eastern Time. Here's the press on the show:

Academy Award®-winning actor and space enthusiast Morgan Freeman executive produces, hosts and narrates this exploration of the greatest mysteries of the universe.  This new series, produced by Freeman's Revelations Entertainment, seeks the answers to the big questions:  Are we alone?  Where did we come from?  Is there life on other planets?  From the latest work at NASA and private enterprise facilities to the latest theories from academics and researchers, this series looks at black holes, colonizing the planets, string theory and more.  Science Channel invites viewers on the journey as Morgan Freeman picks up where Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" left off and explores the new frontiers of what is beyond Earth.

Freeman is treading in popular waters, especially in the Discovery Channel/Science Channel family. Stephen Hawking recently started a show called Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, which explores many of these same themes for the Discovery Channel. The Science Channel itself already has a similar show - the show Sci-Fi Science, which is hosted by  physicist Michio Kaku.

The History Channel had a similar foray into this area, with their popular series The Universe, which featured a diverse range of physicists exploring the deep scientific questions of our universe through four seasons (so far) ... a coincidence that may not be so coincidental.

Sadly, my own show idea, The Universe's Wormhole Science Fiction Happy Hour with Andrew Zimmerman Jones, has still not been picked up by any network ... but I remain hopeful.

Comments

May 31, 2010 at 9:46 am
(1) Bill Kraham says:

Things are really looking UP!

You have brought forth many good ideas with your timely articles, all of which have created greater interest in space. Continue with your good work.

The future in space looks bright. Thanks for being there.

Bill Kraham

June 3, 2010 at 10:32 am
(2) Salmon O. Doubt says:

From my personal experience with celebrity run/hosted/produced science shows, I’ve learned that the teaching of science is best left to the scienTIST, not a RECENTLY self-proclaimed “space enthusiast”.

The parallel to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos is an absolute joke; to think that an actor, someone who has devoted the entirety of their life to being everyone but themselves, could even pick up at a fraction of where Dr. Sagan left off is presumptuous at best, insulting and belittling at worst.

He is capitalizing, as you noted, on a popular theme in educational television. That is not necessarily wrong. What is wrong, however, is that the little exposure that I have had to “Through the Wormhole” by interviews with Freeman and previews has been nothing but the perpetuation of fallacy; false dichotomies, misconceptions of science and things that are just untrue.

I’ll withhold the rest of my judgement (and yes, I’ve quite a bit more reserved) until I actually see his abortion of science and inquiry, but for now, I remain highly unimpressed.

“Science get’s to a point where they say ‘we don’t know’ to which they then say ‘maybe it’s the god factor’.” -Morgan Freeman committing the Homunculus Fallacy

November 2, 2011 at 8:50 am
(3) Deborah Scott says:

What’s up Freeman,

It’s your all time favorite spirtulist, your not actually trying to find a scientific explanation to all of this are you? There is not one. OK so, I thought I would come straight to the horses mouth, I would like to tie the knot from all of the past accounts, ie 08-28-08 ralph has a hidden agenda, and still thinks that I will respond to his wants.
I have one more reading for you, then I have to step aside, I can
only bring you so far, and my past efforts this far have gotten
me nothing but trouble, a public meet, time is of the essence kindly do a one on one with out all of the other unnessary nonsense.

September 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm
(4) Bill Kraham says:

Have added http://www.MarsCuriosity.com

Thanks.

Bill Kraham

July 31, 2013 at 9:19 am
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on the web. I most certainly will recommend this blog!

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