*Is oblivion a place? Because according to astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who spoke with Bill Moyer on the topic of the cosmos this week, that’s where our universe is headed.
Yes, I know, that’s a real drag! Into nothingness we may go.
Tyson was asked to comment on where the cosmos would be in, say, a gazillion years from now; and he basically said there was no evidence to show that the universe would recycle itself . He talked about the acceleration of the universe towards… what I said earlier…and how there’s no scientific knowledge man possesses that can reverse it.
After hearing this down right depressing scientific revelation, Moyer attempted to break the mood with this jokey joke: “You mean the House of Representatives cannot pass an act that will stop this? As they would like to?”
Tyson continues on his serious mode.
“There’s no evidence to say that we will ever recycle ourselves. All evidence points to we’re in a one-way trip to oblivion. So the universe expands, the temperature of the universe drops, all stars eventually will run out of fuel. So the stars, one by one, in the night sky, will turn off. And in the extremely distant future, a quadrillion years into the future, there’ll be no light coming to us in the day or night sky.”
“Science is an enterprise that should be cherished as an activity of the free human mind,” Tyson tells Bill. “Because it transforms who we are, how we live, and it gives us an understanding of our place in the universe.”
There’s more to come.
Tyson will take on hosting duties of the hit PBS television series Cosmos in March. Its the show that made the late Carl Sagan a household name. This time the new series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, comes courtesy of the National Geographic Channel and Fox TV.