My Responses To Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Remarks On Philosophy

Recently Neil DeGrasse Tyson made some controversial comments dismissing the value of philosophy for scientists and explaining why he discourages physics students from studying philosophy. Massimo Pigliucci has the key quotes from Tyson from a couple of sources and makes some terrific points in reply. Today Tom Williamson was kind enough to invite me onto [Read More...]

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Challenges Dawkins’s Confrontationalism

This is a great video from way back. In it Neil DeGrasse Tyson effectively gets across the point that you need to combine your mastery of the facts with sensitivity to how the others’ minds work if you are going to be persuasive to them, rather than just put them off with confrontationalism and dismissiveness. [Read More...]

ZOMGItsCriss vs. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Value of the Word Atheist

It’s always a relief and a joy when someone says what you’re thinking so you don’t have to. And it’s especially great when it’s the inimitable Cristina Rad who does it, in her fantastic style: Have I publicly geeked out lately about having Cristina as a colleague on Freethought Blogs? If not, consider me geeking [Read More...]

Just How Intelligent Are WE Anyway?

Earlier, I quoted some of Greg Mayer’s ruminations with some students on whether or not alien forms of intelligent life would even recognize us as intelligent life.  In reply, on Facebook, John suggested Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s argument on the matter is decisive: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]