“The Most Important Words I Have Ever Spoken” – N. Tyson

Astrophysicist and popular science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson posted a message and short video on his Facebook page today:

The video is interspersed with quick clips of news and political debates while Tyson speaks about our state of scientific literacy. In one clip, Vice President Mike Pence argues “let us demand that educators around America teach evolution not as fact, but as theory.”

Tyson’s core message revolves around the notion that when it comes time to make decisions on science or important matters that affect us all, people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not. Tyson calls this a “recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy.”

A timely message a few days before the upcoming March of Science. Here is the video:

A quote on theory by the father of modern primatology

A perspective on theory (in the context of human behavior) by physical anthropologist and the father of modern primatology, Sherwood L Washburn:

“A theory does not give conclusions–it directs the nature of research, but each application of the theory demands careful research. . . There is no way for a scientist to leap directly from genetic or evolutionary theory to conclusions about human behavior. The principal task for the scientist is the research that links theory and conclusion.”

-Sherwood L. Washburn (1978)

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