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Sep 24 2010

Movie Friday: Neil DeGrasse Tyson on UFOs

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is probably my favourite public figure in the sciences. No disrespect to Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, Bill Nye, Lawrence Krauss, or any of the other multitude of famous scientists out there fighting the good fight for public education in science and skepticism, but I will always carry a torch for Neil. He’s a charismatic, animated, and engaging speaker who is happy to be in the limelight, without being so academic as to turn non-scientists away from the information.

Since I talked about the argument from ignorance earlier this week, I thought I’d share with you Dr. Tyson’s thoughts:

Whoops, wrong video… here it is:

This guy should be teaching science in every classroom in the world. He tears down the mystique about the scientific method and why it works better than the other ways we try to discern truth (divine revelation, hunches, common sense…).

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3 comments

  1. 1
    Dale

    That is a wonderful explanation. I will have to learn a bit more about this guy. Thanks for the video.

  2. 2
    Crommunist

    Yeah, there’s not a lot of people who do it better than Neil. He’s got a handful of videos up, and he’s the head of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC. When I go down there in March I’m going to try and get a few minutes to talk to him.

  3. 3
    Nicolas Demers

    “Because we know what the hell we’re looking at! ”

    Ha! Awesome. I’ve heard of Tyson, but never heard him speak. Will have to hunt up more videos of him.

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