On Sunday night, Fox viewers were treated to Episode #2 of Neil deGrasse Tyson's new Cosmos series. (If you're located in the US, you can watch it free online above.) This episode was called "Some of the Things That Molecules Can Do," and it gave viewers an hour-long education on the Earth's many life forms and the well-documented theory of evolution. Along the way, Tyson carefully refuted, as Mother Jones notes, one of "creationist's favorite canards: The idea that complex organs, like the eye, could not have been produced through evolution." And, to cap things off, Tyson declared, "Some claim evolution is just a theory, as if it were merely an opinion. The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. Evolution really happened." For scientists, it's not up for debate.
When Fox aired the first episode (watch it online here), one Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City apparently managed to edit out the only mention of the word “evolution” in the show. It would be interesting to know they handled this entire second show.
Future episodes of Cosmos can be viewed at Hulu.