Science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Friday to discuss his new take on Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.”
Tyson said Cosmos “is really showing you how and why science matters to us as a civilization and even as a species.”
“So that by the end of the program and the end of the series you walk away saying ‘I’m empowered to do something about my future because I know how science works,’” he continued. “If you don’t know science in the 21st century, just move back to the cave because that’s where we’re going to leave you as we move forward.”
“It seems like now there are a lot of people who don’t care for science this day in age,” Meyers said.
“They’re living in a cave,” Tyson quipped.
“Right, or the halls of Congress,” Meyers said.
Meyers also asked Tyson about the selfie he took with President Barack Obama and head of the Planetary Society Bill Nye (the Science Guy) during a private screening of “Cosmos” at the White House.
“We knew he would say no because presidents can’t do that, but Bill would come in right after and say, ‘Mr. President, you know it will break the Internet.’ And then he said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it.’”
“People said the president hadn’t looked that happy since Inauguration Day,” Tyson said.