Early on during Fox's new version of Cosmos, host Neil deGrasse Tyson shares what is likely a guiding principle for his life and work, but certainly a fundamental premise of this new show: "Science gives us the power to see what our senses cannot."
What our senses can't see without science — and some extremely impressive animation and effects work by the show's producers — is the universe around us. Tyson and his "Ship of the Imagination" (a sleek update of Carl Sagan's original concept that would fit comfortably in any current sci-fi film) takes us on a guided tour of the solar system, of the galaxy, pushing the view further and further out until we reach the limit of our knowledge and perception. There's only so much we know. There may be only so much we ever know.
For many, that could be a stopping point. How interested can we be, or should we be, in something so abstract, something we can't see or perhaps even comprehend? In Tyson's view, however, that uncertainty should be what fuels our desire to learn more. It's there — we just haven't seen it yet. And that should excite us. Why wouldn't it excite us? How could you not want to learn more about this? Come on and join him on his magic spaceship ride!