Neil deGrasse Tyson gets bitchslapped
If you haven’t watched Neil’s disappointing and rather insulting Big Think video, I recommend you do; it’ll demonstrate what I feel is his intellectual cowardliness in regard to the fundamental issue of his belief. While he’s being vetted as Carl Sagan’s spiritual successor, Neil lacks this man’s intellectual courage, particularly when it comes to fighting the evils of irrational thinking. Carl was never ashamed of his lack of faith, and did not shy away from the label. Let’s not forget the very word ‘atheist’ is a statement about the lack of a belief. We are all atheists in some form or another; these labels are conferred to us because of our reticence to accept bad ideas. That a movement exists at all is a testament to the fact non-believers are still viewed with contempt and mistrust. Being an out-group trying to survive in a sectarian world has indeed forced us to create a makeshift community, and while I’m not always happy with the way some of us behave, to condemn us all under the same banner smacks of plain ignorance.
So here’s some guy taking Neil to task for being too much of a pussy to be honest about his belief. Good. I can’t stand when people still placate the ignorance of superstitious belief while simultaneously decrying the lack of critical thinking in the world. Get some fucking balls, dude.