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Otherwise, how do you explain this, from Cosmos remake star Neil deGrasse Tyson?

On a recent episode of the Nerdist podcast, Neil deGrasse Tyson dismissed philosophy as a useless enterprise, advising students to avoid it. It’s not the first time he’s made such remarks, prompting biologist and philosopher Massimo Pigliucci to write a must-read response.

“[The] offense is particularly egregious, for two reasons,” writes Pigliucci at his blog, “first, because he is a highly visible science communicator; second, because I told him not to, several times.”

de Grasse Tyson made his comments after a Nerdist host mentioned that he majored in philosophy.

“That can really mess you up,” countered NdGT. To which the host responded, “I always felt like maybe there was a little too much question asking in philosophy [of science]?”

Here’s the rest of the relevant dialogue (annotations via Pigliucci): More.

Everyone has a philosophy, even people who think they don’t have one. If you don’t have a philosophy, why do you think there should be laws against drunk driving, and that someone should be paid to enforce them?

Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose

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News: The gap between ideology (even, ideology dressed up in a lab coat) and the genuinely philosophical mindset with its quest for sound wisdom, shows. Today, many use "un-scientific" [or "anti-science"] as a rebuke . . . little knowing that too often such is little more than an appeal to the authority of a lab coat clad ideological high priesthood. An old correction to the shallow-minded, "unphilosophical," seems all too apt. As is patently true here. KF PS: BA77, do you have some quotes you want to uncork on that issue? kairosfocus
Should we really trust the thinking of someone who thinks, via his philosophy, that his mind, and therefore his thoughts, are illusory? bornagain77
Yet de Grasse Tyson believes in the philosophy of evolution. buffalo
So he asks “I always felt like maybe there was a little too much question asking in philosophy [of science]?” Um, Neil, honey, that's the whole point of science. Which you apparently missed. Science attempts to answer questions that people raise such as "How much does Mars weigh?", "How fast can light travel?", "What's on the ocean floor?" Barb
The reason materialists/atheists work to devalue philosophy is obvious; materialism/atheism cannot survive critical thinking. William J Murray
Tyson is an evangelist for materialism, i.e., a religious preacher. The first thing one must do as the public defender of one's religion is to bash the other religions. This is perfectly OK by me but don't go around pretending with a straight face and an air of superiority that your chicken feather voodoo "science" is not a religion. Mapou

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