Except - that is what happened. The history of science and the history of religion are intertwined. Pretending the Catholic Church didn’t throw people into prison for their ideas is being dishonest about what happened, and the barriers we have today
Of course, but Tyson himself admitted in the episode that Bruno was not a scientist. He was persecuted for being a heretic, not for presenting any scientific evidence that the heavens were more complex than they seemed. Talking about Galileo would have made sense, but focusing on one of the many other martyrs who happened to be right seemed almost irrelevant to me.
I walked out into the cold evening to a stone tower on top of Prospect Hill. As you might guess from the name, there’s a nice view of the Boston skyline in the winter when the nearby trees are bare.
So far I’ve played tour guide to a visitor from Alabama and unintentionally scared the crap out of some teenagers when they spotted me leaning against the tower in the shadows behind them (the view is better out of the glare of the spotlights). Otherwise it’s just me, my binoculars, and the skyscrapers.
I can see a few incoming jets lining up in single file on their approach to Logan Airport. They are passing just south of downtown and the view of the skyscrapers from the left side of the plane must be amazing.