The famous astrophysicist posted a four-minute video on Facebook, saying that these are “the most important words I have ever spoken”. In the video, he warns that science denial could cause our democracy to collapse.
“How did America rise up from a backwoods country to one of the greatest nations the world has ever known?”, he says, continuing:
“We pioneered industries. And all of this required the greatest innovations in science and technology in the world, and so, science is a fundamental part of the country that we are.”
Tyson highlights issues that have somehow become highly controversial despite overwhelming scientific evidence that should stamp out any such dispute: human-caused climate change, evolution, and vaccinations, for example.
He then points out that some of the people who both understand science the least and deny it the most now hold the most power in our society, and he calls this catastrophically dangerous situation out: “That is a recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about how the technological revolution made America the greatest country on Earth and how that is starting to change, as people got destructed and forgot these principles.
The famous astrophysicist wrote recently on Twitter: “The perennial cry to “Save Earth” is odd. Planet Earth survives massive asteroid strikes — it’ll survive anything we throw at it. But Life on Earth will not.”
Recently, we did not even notice a medium sized asteroid near Earth, what will happen if an asteroid with size similar to the one that extincted dinosaurs hit us? We must build strong anti-meteor systems, and that requires technological progress.
The world lauds Silicon Valley as a center of innovation, but many Chinese visitors, particularly from China’s growing technology sector – aren’t that impressed.
It seems like most Americans forgot what made us great, and now other countries, including the largest totalitarian one (China), are innovating more.
That is why scientific literacy is more important than ever in this age of lightning-speed innovation. Each moment of science denial only delays the potential solution. The end result is the same problems, worsened by neglect and ignorance.
Neil degrasse tyson wants citizen-voters to understand how science works so we can make more informed decisions. As Tyson asserts, we are the only ones who can: “It’s in our hands.”
Innovation, progress and human rights was born in America during and after the WW2, if we want to keep the world under thr order of democracy, freedom and human rights, it is important for the west to keep the upper hand.