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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Religion Not Allowed In Science

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With his upcoming reprisal of Carl Sagan’s acclaimed Cosmosdocumentary just weeks away, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with Bill Moyers touches on science and religion as well. At the [16:50] mark Moyers wonders about religious people who are trying to find signs of the divine in all those cold, hard scientific findings. Like most journalists Moyers takes the mythical Warfare Thesis (religion fights the inexorable march of science when not in full retreat and must locate its god in the gaps not yet filled by science) for granted and asked unsurprising questions about the feeble-minded faithful for the Director of the Hayden Planetarium to reluctantly set straight. The exchange reaches peak banality at the [20:50] mark where Tyson finally cuts to the heart of the matter. Religion cannot be allowed in science:  Read more

7 Replies to “Neil deGrasse Tyson: Religion Not Allowed In Science

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    M. Holcumbrink says:

    ah, Neil deGrasse Tyson – perveyor of abysmal ignorance

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    bornagain77 says:

    Of related note:

    There’s a documentary coming out that shows how the scientific community is in panic-mode because of all the evidence coming in suggesting that the Earth is in a special place. Top cosmologists are interviewed:

    The Principle
    http://www.theprinciplemovie.com/

    As well, later this year, 2014, it is rumored that “The Privileged Species”, based (I think) primarily on Michael Denton’s work, is coming out. My expectations are high that it will be of exceptional quality since, I believe, it is being made by the very same people who made the documentary “The Privileged Planet’.

    The Place of Life and Man in Nature: Defending the Anthropocentric Thesis – Michael J. Denton – February 25, 2013
    Summary (page 11)
    Many of the properties of the key members of Henderson’s vital ensemble —water, oxygen, CO2, HCO3 —are in several instances fit specifically for warm-blooded, air-breathing organisms such as ourselves. These include the thermal properties of water, its low viscosity, the gaseous nature of oxygen and CO2 at ambient temperatures, the inertness of oxygen at ambient temperatures, and the bicarbonate buffer, with its anomalous pKa value and the elegant means of acid-base regulation it provides for air-breathing organisms. Some of their properties are irrelevant to other classes of organisms or even maladaptive.
    It is very hard to believe there could be a similar suite of fitness for advanced carbon-based life forms. If carbon-based life is all there is, as seems likely, then the design of any active complex terrestrial being would have to closely resemble our own. Indeed the suite of properties of water, oxygen, and CO2 together impose such severe constraints on the design and functioning of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems that their design, even down to the details of capillary and alveolar structure can be inferred from first principles. For complex beings of high metabolic rate, the designs actualized in complex Terran forms are all that can be. There are no alternative physiological designs in the domain of carbon-based life that can achieve the high metabolic activity manifest in man and other higher organisms.
    http://bio-complexity.org/ojs/.....O-C.2013.1

    note:

    The Privileged Planet – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnWyPIzTOTw

    Verse and Music:

    Isaiah 45:18-19
    For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘seek me in vain’; I, the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.”

    Barlow Girl – Never alone
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8QubLxJI54

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    Robert Byers says:

    What shouldn’t be allowed in science is quotas.
    I insist Neil is just someones idea of pushing blacks into science because they fail to compete. they go on about this all the time.
    neil didn’t prevail fair and square over others.
    i accuse based on educated suspicion.
    i don’t respect his opinion but its useful once again to show there is a unique problem today between different conclusions in certain subjects dealing with origins.

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    wallstreeter43 says:

    I have been saying this for the last few years. That Neil Degrassi Tyson makes Richard Dawkins look like a philosophical genius, and we all know how sophomoric Dawkins is.

    Tyson has to be one of the dumbest atheists in the philosophical arena that I have seen in a long time.

    His belief that religion is a science stopper and his bad design argument must make people scratch their heads and wonder how someone like this could be lacking in basic common sense.

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    Barb says:

    Religion never stopped scientists such as Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Agassiz, Nicolas Copernicus, Sir Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler, Blaise Pascal, Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, Gregor Mendel, Max Planck, and William Kelvin from practicing their particular scientific discipline.

    If religion truly is a “science stopper”, then Dr. DeGrasse Tyson better be ready to explain how it never stopped the above-referenced scientists.

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    lifepsy says:

    lol, Tyson pushing the multiverse in that clip.

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    Axel says:

    He’s probably suffered one or two blows to the head too many from his cousin. I warned him, Michael would do him permanent injury.

    Which reminds me, Sean has still not been to Confession, and it’s now almost Lent again. Who’d be the poor wee, grieving old grannie in County Cork of such a godless spalpeen!

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