Why the left cries and censors instead of debating. Plus Neil DeGrasse Tyson, author of Accessory to War, on space, war and the existence of God.

 

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  1. Member

    Excellent podcast. As always.

    I heard Neil DeGrasse Tyson speak in person at Penn State about five years ago. He briefly touched on a religious topic near the end of his talk. I think it was about people claiming to have been part of a miracle, like healing. Not sure though.

    The ancients didn’t do too badly, being instructed by G-d through Moses in ceremonial and ritual washing and cleanliness as Semmelweis proved in the 1800s. Then there’s the wisdom of the dietary laws which astound me since things like refrigeration (or much ice!) didn’t exist. If it was me, I’d acknowledge the foundations of knowledge with the wisdom there, yes, even if one doesn’t exactly believe in G-d. The Creation account in Genesis is likely a song but it was the “textbook” that people relied on for millennia and it’s a good thing they did.

    I love Daniel 12:4b.

     

     

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    • September 13, 2018 at 4:37 pm
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  2. Member

    I’m saddened that you didn’t ask Mr. Tyson about his work in that modern magnum opus The Final Sharknado: It’s about Time.

    Salient Quote:

    “Who needs science when you have a dragon?” -Merlin, as played by Niel deGrasse Tyson

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    • September 15, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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    At 44:30, Mr. Tyson cautions those who are contrasting theology and science to consider the fact that, as he put it

    Science is a fundamental driver of everything we care about in modern civilization.

    I appreciate the point he intended to make, but find it more than a little amusing that he implicitly rejects the possibility that religious belief might be “a fundamental driver of everything we care about in modern civilization.”

    It isn’t clear from this brief interview what Tyson’s opinion is about the intertwining of science and the military which he describes in his book Accessory to War. But I think it’s telling that, though Tyson may be oblivious to it, the values that inform the choices we make with technology are nowhere more critical than in their military application — and those ideas can not spring from science alone. Science is good at telling us what we can do. We have to look elsewhere to determine what we should do.

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    • September 17, 2018 at 5:49 am
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