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Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "Science Is a Fundamental Part of The Country That We Are."

These may be the most important words Tyson has ever spoken.

SCIENCE AF STAFF
4 SEP 2017
 

Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken some time out of his day to sit down and explain why science is a fundamental part of our democracy. The video was released this morning by StarTalk radio and features "what may be the most important words Neil deGrasse Tyson has ever spoke."

 

In the video, Tyson begins by describing how America rose up from a "backwoods country".

"We pioneered industries and all of this required the greatest innovations in science and technology in the world," says Tyson.

"And so science is a fundamental part of the country that we are."

Then Tyson begins to address the real problem.

"But in this, the 21st century, when it comes time to making decisions about science, it seems to me people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not, what is reliable and what is not reliable, what should you believe, what should you not believe," says Tyson. 

"And when you have people who don't know much about science, standing in denial of it and rising to power, that is a recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy."

The video then includes a clip of Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, asking Congress to consider teaching evolution as a theory and not as a fact. A series of clips featuring climate skeptics follow.

"This is science. It's not something to toy with. It's not something to say 'I choose not to believe E=mc2'. You don't have that option," argues Tyson. 

"When you have an established scientific emerging truth it is true whether or not you believe in it. And the sooner you understand that the faster we can get on with the political conversations about how to solve the problems that face us."