Tag Archives: Neil deGrasse Tyson

The reliability hierarchy of expert opinion

There’s been a mild amount of angst on the internet in recent days over a couple of well known science communicators espousing nonsense on matters outside of their field.  The first was Bill Nye, who made comments about philosophy that most … Continue reading

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Snowden’s answer to the Fermi Paradox and its assumptions

The Fermi Paradox is the question that, if the conditions for life in the galaxy are as ubiquitous as they appear to be, so that there should be hundreds, if not thousands of alien civilizations out there, then where is … Continue reading

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Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Elon Musk

Neil deGrasse Tyson interviewed Elon Musk on Tyson’s podcast, StarTalk.  The interview covers a range of topics, and Tyson includes Bill Nye in a running commentary on the interview.  (Chuck Nice is also there to add his usual laughs.)  I … Continue reading

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Should we fear AI? Neil deGrasse Tyson’s answer is the right one.

HuffPost has an article up with quotes from various people on the dangers, or non-dangers of artificial intelligence.  They include the usual suspects: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, etc.  Most of them express concern about the dangers.  But I think … Continue reading

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on GMO foods

Tyson makes some imminently intelligent remarks about GMOs.  Of course, it’s become controversial and this video seems to be popping up all over the web. He elaborates in a Facebook post, responding to some criticisms.  

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Sean Carroll defends philosophy

Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist, has a post up on his blog telling his fellow physicists to “stop saying silly things about philosophy”. The last few years have seen a number of prominent scientists step up to microphones and belittle the … Continue reading

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Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye, with some Tyson thrown in

This video is  just wrong on so many levels.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch it immediately!  (Unless you’re at work or something, then almost immediately.)  

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Turns Down Pluto Debate Challenge

And speaking of the outer solar system, it seems that Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t interested in debating whether or not Pluto is a planet. If you were looking forward to seeing astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host Neil deGrasse Tyson debate how Pluto should be classified, … Continue reading

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Why philosophical conclusions are not reliable knowledge

Following Neil deGrasse Tyson’s wholesale dismissal of philosophy, there has been a lot of discussion on the value of philosophy.  As I’ve said repeatedly, I think philosophy has a great deal of value, but some of its defenders are tending to overstate … Continue reading

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What Scientific Arrogance Really Looks Like — Starts With A Bang! — Medium

Ethan Siegel weighs in on the Tyson / philosophy controversy.  Siegel is a theoretical physicist, notably a cosmologist which I believe is Tyson’s own specialty.  But Siegel’s views on philosophy appear to be much more informed. Now, philosophy doesn’t have … Continue reading

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