Does the world need more scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson who are capable of communicating science efficiently to the general public?
- Anonymous7 months agoFavorite Answer
Honestly he's not my favorite astronomy author or speaker; I find his style dull and uninspiring. With the Great Courses, I much prefer Alex Filippenko's Black Holes series- magnificent.
Brian Greene's books are first-rate but I find his documentaries a little dull. Carl Sagan was a great writer and speaker (I was front row at a talk he gave at Princeton University) but he could be a bit pompous.
I wish there were writers and lecturers like Garrett Serviss and Richard Proctor. The former wrote some of the finest books and articles on astronomy ever composed. Percival Lowell's books are prose poetry at times, a reflection of his literary merits and background (Robert Lowell was a relative; his sister Amy Lowell was a poet with the so-called Left-Bank Lesbians in Paris).
Modern astronomy writers rarely write or speak about observational astronomy- be it naked eye, binocular or telescope.
Neil de GrasseTyson follows in the footsteps of his mentor Carl Sagan in taking an antagonistic approach to religion. They both distort the role of religion in supporting encouraging science, giving a false impression and de GrasseTyson tends to put his foot in his mouth, i.e.his Christmas tweets.
In the 80s, Timothy Ferris did a magnificent documentary on the Universe. I really enjoy his books and documentaries, although I was a bit put-off by a Sciam piece he wrote comparing SDI to the Titanic and Hindenburg! I don't like science and politics being mixed, and SDI was just a ruse to Soviets, a genius idea by the great Edward Teller. that helped bring down the Soviet regime. There is FAR too much politics involved in today's "popularizers" of science.
- CRRLv 77 months ago
I would hope we could find someone better.
- MARKLv 77 months ago
A lot of people are ignorant of even basic scientific literacy. I think it is up to scientists to correct this problem. So whether Neil deGrasse Tyson is to one's personal taste or not, we do need people like him educating the general public about science.
- Ronald 7Lv 77 months ago
We are all capable of it
I have just worked out how life began on Earth
Just by reading about it and making my own thoughts about it
The Fledgling Earth was hit by Theia, a Mars sized object
Because of the Velocity and angle it hit, Theia got swallowed whole into the Mantle
The Ejecta formed our Moon
Since that the Late Great Bombardment by Comets as well as Icy Asteroids brought water to Earth
Theia began Plat Tectonics
Between the two the continents began to form and shift
Land, Sea along with high mountains were formed as well as Deep sea trenches
Mid Ocean Rifts were the Culprit for the Assent of lifeforms
All Planets have their evolution
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- PaulaLv 77 months ago
For the very good reason that the masses of people need to be involved with science.
Perhaps then we would have less climate change deniers
and less moon landing deniers.
But I do despair,
Because even with China, India and belatedly the USA, planning trips to the Moon, there is no noticeable diminishing of Moon landing deniers.
- 7 months ago
but I doubt if the public is interested in hearing about real science these days. The internet and other media is instead awash with pseudoscience and other misinformation.
The psudoscience tells people what they want to hear, is a superior click-baiter, attracts more advertisers, leads to more sales, and is thus more profitable than real science. No wonder it is spreading like a cancer.
If the anti-intellectualism taking hold in society becomes a trend, we will see people like Neil being persecuted. Not a good place to be.
- SharonLv 67 months ago
always, especially with so many scientifically illiterate politicians
- Jeffrey KLv 67 months ago
Science illiteracy is terrible. Why don't the newspapers or TV news have at least one little science story per day instead if all politics and movie stars?
- 7 months ago
More so than scientists who can dumb-down a topic for the general public, I'd like to see the general public educate themselves and understand more about science... it may eliminate the Flat Earthers, the Moon Landing Deniers, and Aliens-built-the-Pyramids' groups... Or, at least halt their growth.
- Anonymous7 months ago
More so than ever.
- MarkLv 77 months ago
Yes. But there will always be kind of stupid people who think Earth is flat and the moon landings were faked.