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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Atheist?

So is Neil deGrasse Tyson an Atheist? It’s a question I’ve wondered about from time to time, so here is his stand. He is an Agnostic.

So a few thoughts of my own.

To me the only difference between Atheist and Agnostic is where do you draw the line.

Can I show God doesn’t exist? Well, yes, in about the same way I can show that T-Rexs don’t exist either. A T-Rex could be stomping around somewhere in some remote place on the globe, but I know that the odds are so low, they are basically zero. For that reason, I’m an Atheist.

Now for some folks, that’s not good enough. I don’t know why. I doubt they (Neil included) would be Agnostic about T-Rexs.

I think it just comes with being a public figure. Carl Sagan also walked a fine line between Atheist and Agnostic. Carl is widely credited to be a Atheist, but never said so publically. Here is a clip of James Randi saying why that was:

Going back to Neil for a second, at the end of the video he says he doesn’t understand why Atheist exists. If so, then you haven’t really thought about it well enough Neil….

Atheist exists as a group, because we see the many wrongs happening in the name of religion. That’s why we stand up to it.

If there was an scientific theory, that had no basis, Neil would talk about it right? Yep.

It seems odd to me that in this video Neil sees the harm that religion has done, but on the other hand he doesn’t understand why Atheist exist. When that harm goes away Neil, so will the title Atheist.

The Pale Blue Dot (Try 3)

November 24, 2011 1 comment

Hopefully this one stays up. Sorry, the author of the video keeps pulling it to make corrections. Hopefully he will leave it alone now. It’s a good video and worth the wait. 🙂

The Pale Blue Dot (Try 2)

November 23, 2011 2 comments

Everyone wanted Sagan’s voice in the video, so he redid it.

The Pale Blue Dot

November 23, 2011 1 comment

An excellent remake by The Thinking Atheist

For those in the USA, enjoy the holiday.

Carl Sagan Day

November 10, 2011 1 comment

What would Carl think about the world today? It’s hard to say. The gap between educated folks and those who still believe various dogmas has gotten wider. I wonder if that would have still happened if Carl was still around. I would think that it would likely to be so, still he seemed to have a gift with talking to the public and no one has fully filled his shoes….

Neil deGrasse Tyson comes close and he is doing a sequel to Carl’s ‘Cosmos’ series. Hopefully that will work out well.

The 12th BTW is Carl Sagan Day: