Neil deGrasse Tyson Shouldn’t Have Had to Make This Video, But This is America in 2017, So He Did

In a new video, Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about science in America, specifically the need for scientific literacy. Because the more time we waste debating the established evidence, the less time we have to make important political decisions stemming from that knowledge.

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One of the great things about science is that it is an entire exercise in finding what is true. You have a hypothesis, you test it. I get a result. A rival of mine double checks it, because they think I might be wrong. They perform an even better experiment than I did, and they find out, “Hey, this experiment matches! Oh my gosh. We’re on to something here!” And out of this rises a new, emergent truth.

It does it better than anything else we have ever come up with as human beings.

This is science. It’s not something to toy with. It’s not something to say, “I don’t believe E = mc2.” You don’t have that option!

When you have an established scientific emergent 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

Recognize what science is and allow it to be what it can and should be in the service of civilization. It’s in our hands.

This should be mandatory viewing for all Republicans.

And anyone who steps within ten miles of the Creation Museum.

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