1. ”’Why is God telling me to stop asking questions?’: Meet the woman behind Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos.” Ann Druyan, Cosmos creator and widow of Carl Sagan, on science vs. religion—and men getting credit for her work.
“Druyan does not personally seek the limelight and is not a celebrity, but in her own way she’s a key cultural figure in the struggle against the popular antagonism to science and the spread of anti-scientific claptrap about climate change and evolution. Those on the creationist or anti-evolutionist fringe who understood the unstinting scientific arguments of Cosmos as a direct attack on their beliefs were entirely correct, but Druyan’s critique of religion goes well beyond the literal-minded idiocy of the Answers in Genesis crowd. She describes herself as an agnostic rather than an atheist—based on the premise that science must withhold judgment on questions it cannot answer—but she has also described religious faith as ’antithetical to the values of science’ and religion in general as ’a statement of contempt for nature and reality.’”