Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Questionable Quotations in His Presentations

About a week ago, I posted about some questionable statements Neil deGrasse Tyson makes in his presentations. Having seen him in person, I felt he led the audience to believe they were direct quotations… even though there was no evidence of those exact statements ever being made.

Those two above are perfect examples. There are no citations, but the lines that are supposed to be indicative of our nation’s innumeracy are in quotation marks, and the way he brings them up (near the 1:38 mark below) makes you think they were actually said.

Keep in mind he often makes similar presentations, so this was hardly an isolated incident.

Last night, on Facebook, Tyson responded to Sean Davis of the Federalist — the guy who initially raised the suspicions. He explained that the quotations were not actual quotations, but that he also never intended for them to be seen in that way:

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Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) Curriculum Teaches That Scientists Can Generate Electricity from Snow

Jonny Scaramanga, who’s written at this site about his fundamentalist education at an Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) school, has a new piece up at The Guardian with a stunning (yet not necessarily shocking) revelation from the ACE curriculum: It suggests that snow can generate electricity.

Scaramanga quotes a textbook called Science 1087 (aimed at 9th-graders):

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 20: TAM2014: Steven Novella and Jon Armstrong

Our latest podcast guests are Skeptics Guide to the Universe host and neuroscientist Steven Novella and magician Jon Armstrong

Jessica sat down with them to talk about skepticism and the brain, our faulty memories, and how the placebo effect is not what you may think.

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NBA Star Blake Griffin: “Creationism, That Sounds Good!”

Blake Griffin grew up in Oklahoma so it’s hardly surprising that the NBA star and dunker-extraordinaire is religious. But in a new GQ interview, the Clippers star spoke (I use that word loosely) at length about why he’s a Creationist… even though he “believe[s] in science”:



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In the Least Surprising News You’ll Hear Today, Stephen Hawking is an Atheist

Physicist Stephen Hawking has always had a somewhat squishy view of God. The author of books like God Created The Integers, he always seemed to be on the fence, saying that science and religion weren’t incompatible without admitting that he didn’t believe in a higher power. In a book called The Grand Design, Hawking said God was “no longer necessary” because we knew so much about the origins of the universe… but, again, that wasn’t a definitive statement.



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