Friday, May 18, 2012

Can Seth MacFarlane Save Science?

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is using his influence at Fox to team up with Neil deGrasse Tyson to bring back the show "COSMOS" in the hope to rekindle interest in science and human achievement in the United States. Suggested by MacFarlane, people today have sort of forgotten about the scientific advancements that make society and life change along with it.

We've become a society so consumed with getting government out of everything and promoting the economy and business in our society...we do forget all the achievements of humanity...most of which were NOT funded by businesses, and most of which were NOT created for the purpose of creating an industry.  Of course some very notable inventors were motivated by that...such as Edison, for example.  But most creations were people who invented because they had a crazy idea, or who wrote or painted because they had ideas, or because of a military need, or because of a engineering need for a city that the government funded, or because of raw desire for scientific exploration...again typically publicly funded.

Someone is going to point out that numbers of inventors, scientists, and artists made some money on their creations. Sure...that is completely true.  But the question in my mind is if most of these great discoveries, creations, or works of art were driven by funding from business or corporations?  Or if they were just desperate attempts to use crazy ideas to make enough to live another day, or just merely funded by public money (government) for the public interest?

Checking out this meager listing from RationalWiki, it becomes pretty clear it was the latter.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Essay:Greatest_achievements_of_human_history

Anyway...back on topic!  Here is a Forbes interview with MacFarlane about the idea:



source: "Can Seth MacFarlane Save Science?", ForbesVideo, YouTube.