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(Huffington Post)   Neil deGrasse Tyson knows exactly how to make science interesting for more people. It's,   ( divider line
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2014-01-10 11:00:37 PM  
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because I care: There seems to be an equally vicious anti-science thread in America right now, and I'm not sure what it would take to entirely counteract it.

Public Relations.

People don't like scientists as people, they don't like geology, and they don't like being called stupid and wrong (especially when that's true). They absolutely love science when it benefits them, however. I don't know too many Luddites who will put down the smart phone after they've got one.

All NASA has to do is stop being lame and start being exciting again. No more acoustic guitar solos in low earth orbit and mars landers designed to play with rocks. Find missions that people can get excited about. Make a reality TV show about them. Sex, drugs, and manned space flight. Canaveral Shore.

Whatever it takes to get the money. Once you've got the profit making missions up and running, you'll have enough to use on the boring hard science stuff it takes to actually achieve the showy mission.

I still want to see an Ocean probe for Europa. There might be life there. We should be checking back in the 90's.
2014-01-10 06:34:03 PM  
2 votes:

Peki: Well, let's take telepathy because it will be the easy to start with. E=mc^2, right? Since c is a constant, essentially you're looking at the relationship between mass (density of matter) and energy. So all matter is energy, just in a particular state of vibration. In solids, you have small vibrations, in gases you have larger ones. Thoughts are simply patterns of firings in your brain, or brain waves, or vibrations/frequencies. Everyone's pattern is just a little bit different. But, if you can tune in to their patterns (via entangled particles or some other mechanism on a quantum level that we haven't yet discovered), then you might be able to read their thoughts--but not necessarily translate as everyone has their own mental shorthand. An example would be if you received me thinking about bleeding out. I might be thinking of this in terms of my pocketbook, while you're on the phone to 911 thinking I'm having a medical emergency.

Your understanding and application of quantum physics is severely deficient.
2014-01-10 12:56:23 PM  
2 votes:

Wellon Dowd: Science!

No. Open toed shoes are not allowed in the lab.
2014-01-11 02:54:57 AM  
1 vote:

doglover: HighZoolander: doglover: you have to find a new angle that makes science into entertainment, competition, and accepts everyone

That angle will never fly in conservative religious circles. They will never accept everyone, and they don't relish competition for the ideas that they peddle to their people.

It may work though for the newly non-specific new-agey types (those who are religious but basically unaffiliated with a particular denomination - I forget the term for it right now), and hopefully those are in the majority these days...

Nobody of any denomination has ever, even for a minute, doubted the efficacy of the physics of the knife. Why? Because every single cut they ever made was with a knife. The steel knife cuts longer than the bronze? Now we're in Chemistry. The switchblade fouls when the buck knife still cuts deer skin? Welcome to engineering. People lose fingers and die of sepsis when they don't wash out their cuts? Welcome to microbiology.

Not even in the darkest of ages in this modern world will people doubt what they can see. If it works, it works. All you have to do is show people it works, and they'll come around to your way of thinking on their own. You can't force them with that undertone of negativity you've got goin' on there, however. That just makes people adamantly oppose you. You have to fight ignorance with feigned ignorance of your own and let your students lead themselves. That's the bloody Socratic method; Plato's Cave. Education 101 stuff.

Just shouting "I'm right, you're stupid!" is for internet forums and Time Cubes.

And yet they've been fighting against evolution for over 100 years. I don't see that any amount of evidence (there is massive amounts) will ever change their minds, no matter how gently they are brought to it.

There are many things that are true that can't be seen directly - what do you suggest for those cases?

What do you say to someone who believes that fossils were planted 6000 years ago by Satan to trick us?
2014-01-10 06:39:06 PM  
1 vote:

Peki: Star Trek made shiat up. Now we have antimatter.

Antimatter predates Star Trek.
2014-01-10 04:04:04 PM  
1 vote:

Flappyhead: I know this thread is about to get flooded with NDT hate but the guy does make science interesting.  He's engaging, funny and plays a crowd very well.  It's hard getting peoples attention for long these days and any way we can get kids interested in science is good IMHO.

I like NDT, but the internet's obsession with the guy (particularly among people who think they are nerds because they play GTA) bugs me
2014-01-10 01:54:18 PM  
1 vote:
I am excited by science.
I am doing science.
I am a scientist.

But you'd be surprised how many don't want to talk about science...including some scientists.
It's not good science if you're only listening to yourself.

Spread it about.
No fear.
2014-01-10 01:16:03 PM  
1 vote:
" Instead, Tyson determined how long it would take to bake a pizza on the surface of the planet and used that as a field of reference. (The answer is 3 seconds; his original answer of 9 seconds was corrected by a physicist-turned-master-chef). "

I would love to have dinner at that restaurant!

/no snark, I would
//cool beans
2014-01-10 01:12:44 PM  
1 vote:

Then I grabbed his balls like this and squeezed and I said, "Say it!

Say 'evolution is just a theory' one more time motherfarker."

2014-01-10 01:03:42 PM  
1 vote:

Voiceofreason01: Empty H: Wellon Dowd: Science!

No. Open toed shoes are not allowed in the lab.

she's also not wearing safety glasses

Good point. She is wearing none of the essential PPE.
2014-01-10 01:03:42 PM  
1 vote:
I got my daughter this for christmas. We're going to start some of them this weekend.

Awesome!  My 6 year old daughter got a telescope (she actually asked, wasn't my idea) and some solar experiment things.  I was hoping Radio Shack still made those little electronic kits with the components hooked up to springs that you wire together easily but apparently they became a cell phone store.

/still remember the pins for the NE555 timer from when I was a kid.
2014-01-10 12:46:47 PM  
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2014-01-10 12:45:35 PM  
1 vote:
I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson, man does good work.
2014-01-10 12:44:20 PM  
1 vote:
I know this thread is about to get flooded with NDT hate but the guy does make science interesting.  He's engaging, funny and plays a crowd very well.  It's hard getting peoples attention for long these days and any way we can get kids interested in science is good IMHO.
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