Happy Early Logic Day!

Last year, 9-year-old Xavier Hanson wondered if there was a non-religious holiday where people gave presents to each other. Unable to find a secular Christmas, he created his own solution: Celebrating Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s birthday (October 5) with presents involving nature and science! He’s calling it #LogicDay:

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains His Problematic George W. Bush Misquote

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about some questionable statements Neil deGrasse Tyson makes in his presentations.

One of them in particular invoked something President George W. Bush supposedly said after 9/11 (beginning at 1:35):

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Here’s How a College Professor Dismantled the Idea of “Nonoverlapping Magisteria” for His Students

Professor David P. Barash writes in today’s New York Times about “The Talk” he gives his students regarding evolution and God. They are free to believe that God plays a role in the evolutionary process, whether He began it or guides it, but the evidence is overwhelmingly against the worlds overlapping:

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Now That’s What I Call an Introduction for Neil deGrasse Tyson

Before Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke at Apostacon last weekend, spoken word artist Victor Harris gave a fantastic introduction that involved some beautiful wordplay. The video quality isn’t great, but the audio is what matters:

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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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