Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Take the Test: Neil deGrasse Tyson or Deepak Chopra?

 

Astrophysicist, Cosmos host, and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Several media outlets (especially The Federalist) have investigated his anecdotes, quotes and claims only to learn he makes up quite a few of them. Luckily for the pop scientist and his devotees across the Internet, the New York Times published an article exonerating Tyson for his multiple transgressions. Because Science!

Tyson also is one of America’s most popular skeptics, making a career ridiculing religious beliefs (and conservative ideology) as just so much silly superstition. So I decided to juxtapose his quotes with New Age self-help guru Deepak Chopra. Surely this will be the easiest test ever created, right? Let’s begin…

There are 35 comments.

  1. Tim H. Member

    7/10…I am a “Cosmic pilgrim”! That’s…good…I think. To tell the truth, I was largely guessing. Maybe that makes me a Cosmic “Wanderer.”

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    • December 2, 2014, at 6:59 PM PST
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  2. MLH Inactive
    MLH

    5. Also a “cosmic pilgrim.”

    • #2
    • December 2, 2014, at 7:09 PM PST
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  3. Dick from Brooklyn Thatcher

    I love it. You should make a drinking game out of this. For extra credit make it slightly more complicated and give it a catchy name. “Oprah, Chopra or Neil deGrasse Tyson?”

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    • December 2, 2014, at 7:13 PM PST
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  4. Kim K. Member

    5/10 – also “Cosmic Pilgrim.”

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    • December 2, 2014, at 7:13 PM PST
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  5. Jules PA Member

    I didn’t take the quiz, but I have to say NdGT is not among my favorites.

    I am curious and interested in science & astronomy and I enjoy those types of programs. I generally put up with a lot when I watch them, because there are usually interesting points of view. I tried to watch his Cosmos program, and turned it off because of his horrid dismissive banter.

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    • December 2, 2014, at 7:20 PM PST
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  6. tigerlily Member

    I batted .500 – 5 of 10

    • #6
    • December 2, 2014, at 7:23 PM PST
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  7. MJBubba Inactive

    I also got five.

    I really enjoyed TheFederalist.com series on Neil DeGrasseTyson.

    I would suggest that parents ask if any of his garbage is being used in science classes at their school. It would be good to know, and also good to object.

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    • December 2, 2014, at 7:32 PM PST
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  8. Z in MT Inactive

    I got 7/10. The brain ones were a clear sign of Deepak.

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    • December 2, 2014, at 7:38 PM PST
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  9. MeanDurphy Member

    Brain and brain, what is brain?!

    • #9
    • December 2, 2014, at 7:48 PM PST
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  10. aardo vozz Member

    I got 8/10, “Fully Evolved Astrophysicist”. Oy. I guess this means I’ll have to find a therapist who takes my health insurance.

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    • December 2, 2014, at 7:49 PM PST
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  11. PsychLynne Inactive

    4/10 – Cosmic pilgrim

    I did worse than chance…this reminds me of freshman chem. I’m going to read Rachel Lu’s column on productive writing, and find a way to get paid for writing “A Cosmic Pilgrim’s Progress”

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    • December 2, 2014, at 8:09 PM PST
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  12. Knotwise the Poet Member

    9/10, I’m a fully evolved astrophysicist. Do I get my own PBS show now?

    • #12
    • December 2, 2014, at 8:17 PM PST
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  13. mikeInThe716 Member

    7/10. Better than I thought – given my Chopra ignorance…

    • #13
    • December 2, 2014, at 8:28 PM PST
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  14. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor

    8/10. I was so sure #5 was Chopra.

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    • December 2, 2014, at 9:12 PM PST
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  15. Matty Van Member

    I stopped keeping track. Too humiliating. But I’m worse than PsycheLinne.

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    • December 2, 2014, at 10:45 PM PST
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  16. Paul Dougherty Member

    7/10. “I ain’t here to cheer ya, I’m just here to BOOYAH!!!” (Stuart Scott, I think)

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    • December 2, 2014, at 11:28 PM PST
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  17. The Question Inactive

    Wow, I only got 3 out of 10. I’m not that familiar with either of them, although I think I know more about NdGT.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 2:48 AM PST
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  18. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher

    I am enjoying, “Not Even Wrong” that Johnny Walker reviewed a cpl weeks ago. SO much of what these guys say the believe is as much faith as anything else.

    You can see here how the urge for the mystic is part of how our brains are made. I might argue God put that in our souls. At the very least, the atheist has to agree there is something of a biologic impulse to seek greater meaning. They do it in their own way.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 4:17 AM PST
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  19. David Knights Member

    9/10. Heck, I barely pay attention to either of these guys.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 5:03 AM PST
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  20. Profile Photo Member

    Meh, the test was not very well constructed: All the brain related quotes were Chopra and all the cosmic ones were Tyson.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 5:28 AM PST
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  21. Randy Webster Member

    My guesser was off: 2/10.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 5:39 AM PST
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  22. Manny Member

    Only 4/10. So what does that say? We have new age physics being promoted?

    That was enjoyable. Someone should set up more of these tests. Maybe we could do Obama/Chopra quotes comparison…lol.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 6:53 AM PST
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  23. Larry Koler Inactive

    3/10. I’m stupid. So what?
    Jon, great idea here. Very interesting test.
    Tyson is pugnacious just like Mike Tyson. Are they related?
    I think Chopra has a greater grasp on reality than Tyson does.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 7:59 AM PST
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  24. Hammer, The Member

    I had a colleague say in a conversation we were having “oh, man! Neil degrasse tyson is my new personal hero. I just love him!” And I kind of just nodded…

    Subject of a new post that probably won’t get written, but that would be a nice venting of professional frustrations: those people who say that politics doesn’t matter in the workplace, you just do your job and get along with everyone? Complete and utter nonsense. Politics shapes your worldview. It shapes how you interact with other human beings. It shapes how you think you ought to do your job. It shapes how you think other people ought to do their own jobs… most importantly, it shapes how entitled you feel about telling those other people how to do their own jobs. If you can’t spot the liberal at work, you may not be paying attention.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 8:38 AM PST
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  25. jmelvin Member

    I took the test and scored 9 out of 10, even though I know very little about either. I’m perfectly content to not know much about either now.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 8:45 AM PST
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  26. Songwriter Member

    Hahahaha. I got one right. I am a “space cadet.” Anytime a quote sounded particularly loony, i chose Chopra – and it was always Tyson! So much for the science guy.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 11:59 AM PST
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  27. danys Thatcher

    6 of 10. I apologize to Deepak Chopra.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 12:05 PM PST
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  28. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief
    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    Ryan M: Subject of a new post that probably won’t get written, but that would be a nice venting of professional frustrations: those people who say that politics doesn’t matter in the workplace, you just do your job and get along with everyone? Complete and utter nonsense. Politics shapes your worldview. It shapes how you interact with other human beings. It shapes how you think you ought to do your job. It shapes how you think other people ought to do their own jobs… most importantly, it shapes how entitled you feel about telling those other people how to do their own jobs. If you can’t spot the liberal at work, you may not be paying attention.

    Great idea. That’s kind of a chicken-or-egg issue to me, though. Does my worldview create my political/economic/social ideology or vice versa?

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    • December 3, 2014, at 1:10 PM PST
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  29. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief
    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    One of the issues I have with many so-called “skeptics” is that they are only skeptical of their opponents. To be sure, there are a few who seem to be skeptical of everything, but it takes a measure of grace for that not to turn into cynicism.

    I’m quite skeptical of all politicians, all preachers, all religions (and the lack thereof). I’m also a Christian who is actively political.

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    • December 3, 2014, at 1:15 PM PST
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  30. Barfly Member

    3/10.

    Tyson is such a buffoon.

    An idea I’d like to run by anybody who watches popular science programs – wouldn’t it be great if we could ban the word “scientist”?

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    • December 3, 2014, at 1:55 PM PST
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