5 December 2010

Shouldn’t we want our leaders to be smarter than we are? Neil deGrasse Tyson (Part 3)

Posted by Dan Satterfield

Here is the third part of my chat with renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

In this clip, you’ll see us discuss a couple of subjects. First, Tyson responds to my questions about scientific literacy (or, should I say, the lack of same). His answer to my questions were more wide-ranging than even I expected; I think it was Tyson at his best as a critical thinker as to how science relates to 21st century culture.

Secondly, we talked about how science should respond to cultural and faith based attacks on such issues as evolution, the age of the Universe, and climate change. These are the questions that seem to concern Americans the most, presently, but they occasionally pop up in other areas of the world. Dr. Brian Cox OBE, a British physicist and host of several brilliant science documentaries, was the subject of complaints to the BBC for calling astrology a “load of rubbish” on his series “Wonders of the Solar System”.

PS Astrology IS a load of rubbish.