Neil deGrasse Tyson Puts the Next 15 Years In Perspective in Bill & Melinda Gates’ Annual Letter

Last night, Bill & Melinda Gates released their 2015 Annual Letter in which they make the bold claim that “The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history.”

Is that possible?

Well, the letter includes the thoughts of Neil deGrasse Tyson, who puts the 15 year timeline in perspective:



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Indiana State Senators Propose Bill That Would Allow Teaching of Creationism in Public Schools

Indiana State Senators Jeff Raatz and Dennis Kruse are sponsoring a bill, Senate Bill 562, that will allow Creationism and climate change-denial to make their way into the classroom.

Of course, they don’t say that explicitly:

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NFL Running Back Arian Foster: You Think God Made This Entire Universe Just for You?

We’ve seen a couple of stories lately involving sports personalities who happen to be Creationists.

So it’s nice to see an athlete promoting science.

Arian Foster, the Houston Texans running back who once wrote about how he plans to teach his daughter about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, posted this on Twitter last night:



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Makayla Sault, the Child Who Refused Chemotherapy in Favor of Faith-Based Alternatives, Has Died

By now, you’re familiar with Makayla Sault (below), an 11-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The disease is treatable with two years of tough chemotherapy and has a nearly 90% survival rate… but Makayla wanted to stop with the chemo and her Ojibwe/First Nations parents were more than happy to oblige, seeking out useless faith-based treatments instead.

Makayla was allowed to quit receiving chemo, but we learned a couple of months ago that her condition had worsened.

At the time, the Ontario Court of Justice ruled that Makayla’s family had every right to decide her treatment and outsiders couldn’t override their wishes.

This was effectively a death sentence for Makayla. She had a strong chance of survival with chemotherapy, but with that option off the table, there was little hope of a recovery.

And now the inevitable has happened: Makayla has died.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Beautifully Explains How He Finds Meaning in Life

Brandon Fibbs took a recent speech in which Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how he finds meaning in life, added some nice images to it, and created this video:



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