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(USA Today)   Neil DeGrasse Tyson...Twitter warrior for science   (usatoday.com) divider line 15
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2013-02-20 08:14:28 AM  
5 votes:
Can we just air drop him into Kansas and have him leave a wide swath of science in his wake?
2013-02-20 01:05:38 PM  
3 votes:
Meanwhile, critical thinkers who ask for evidence of old claims are labeled 'anti-science'.

Old claims that have been accepted by the science community have received this acceptance because they saw sufficient evidence. This means the evidence is available and if you get off your lazy ass and look you can find it. The people labeled 'anti-science' are the ones who disagree with a theory because they don't like it. If those supporting the theory do all the work finding the data for them, they can disbelieve it anyway because their mind is already made up. Then they complain that they are not taken seriously as 'critical thinkers'.
2013-02-20 09:28:45 AM  
3 votes:

pag1107: That he only has a million twitter followers is sad.


To be fair, Twitter is not the place for real, thoughtful discussion.  He's fighting in enemy territory.
2013-02-20 08:54:15 AM  
2 votes:
That he only has a million twitter followers is sad.
2013-02-21 02:34:40 AM  
1 votes:

SilentStrider: Can we just air drop him into Kansas and have him leave a wide swath of science in his wake?


SCIENCE DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY.

Yet.
2013-02-20 09:19:45 PM  
1 votes:
FTFH: 'Neil DeGrasse Tyson...Twitter warrior for science'

More like 'smug self-important gas bag'.
2013-02-20 06:45:19 PM  
1 votes:

Electromax: Love Sagan too, but watching some old Cosmos recently didn't do much for me


Try some Brian Cox?  Like Wonders of the Universe or Wonders of Life (currently airing).

/I may have squeed like a fangirl when he appeared in Doctor Who
2013-02-20 05:38:22 PM  
1 votes:

J. Frank Parnell: you have pee hands: According to whom?

If you're not already aware of the problems the graviton has presented then i'm not going to bother explaining it here, because all i'll get is abuse for my efforts. Hit the google and teach yourself if you really want to learn. It's a popular topic among professionals.


So, based on your answer to me, your untrained ass, then.  Yeah, I'll trust the guys who actually studied this shiat for years, and effectively dedicated their lives to it, rather than some random dude on the internet who doesn't know what "theory" means when talking about science.
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2013-02-20 03:40:29 PM  
1 votes:

J. Frank Parnell: But they're often still called theories, for very good reason. If there truly was sufficient evidence they would pass over into fact.


That's not how it works. Are you being serious?
2013-02-20 02:09:26 PM  
1 votes:

J. Frank Parnell: NotARocketScientist: Old claims that have been accepted by the science community have received this acceptance because they saw sufficient evidence.

But they're often still called theories, for very good reason. If there truly was sufficient evidence they would pass over into fact. Many of the things you probably say are accepted by the scientific community are really just the best guesses so far, and it's important to remember that.


*sigh* not this again...

Theory (Science):  "a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment."

you have pee hands: J. Frank Parnell: Never found the graviton when we should have long ago.

According to whom?

But just ignore things like that and keep plowing forward.

Yes, keep performing experiments and adjusting models and theories when the evidence shows that the model or theory isn't correct.  Over time you get closer to the truth.  That's called science.  What's your alternative?


Probably "The bible says it, I believe it, that settles it." or something just as silly.
2013-02-20 01:39:00 PM  
1 votes:

J. Frank Parnell: Never found the graviton when we should have long ago.


According to whom?

But just ignore things like that and keep plowing forward.

Yes, keep performing experiments and adjusting models and theories when the evidence shows that the model or theory isn't correct.  Over time you get closer to the truth.  That's called science.  What's your alternative?
2013-02-20 01:25:22 PM  
1 votes:
Intelligent design isn't really a 'theory' ....
2013-02-20 01:23:29 PM  
1 votes:

J. Frank Parnell: But they're often still called theories, for very good reason. If there truly was sufficient evidence they would pass over into fact. Many of the things you probably say are accepted by the scientific community are really just the best guesses so far, and it's important to remember that.


There's different degrees of "best guess".  Einstein proved that Newton's "law" of universal gravitation was incomplete, but that doesn't put e.g. general relativity and intelligent design on the same level because they're both theories.
2013-02-20 01:00:00 PM  
1 votes:

pag1107: That he only has a million twitter followers is sad.


He is a modern Sisyphus, rolling a boulder of enlightenment up an ever-steepening mountain of moronic mendacity.

TL;DR: Math is hard.
2013-02-20 12:08:47 PM  
1 votes:
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